• New Research: Solar Panels Less Green Than You Think

    • Date: 07/12/16
    • Ben Webster, The Times

    More than a billion solar panels have been installed around the world but they may so far have failed to reduce overall emissions, a study has found. Panel production is so energy intensive that the global solar industry could still be paying off its “carbon debt”. Researchers looked at the full lifecycle of solar panels, […]

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  • Move Over Fracking: A New Energy Revolution In The Making

    • Date: 06/12/16
    • James Watkins, OZY News

    America’s oil shale boom hasn’t even started yet. Potential extraction for three types of U.S. oil reserves (from top to bottom): zapping, tapping and fracking. These figures from the USGS show “technically recoverable” deposits. Scale: 1:4.2 trillion. GETTY/SHUTTERSTOCK What do Hot Pockets and oil shale have in common? As it turns out, more than you might […]

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  • Shale Drillers All Set To Get Their Party Started

    • Date: 04/12/16
    • Robin Pagnamenta, The Sunday Times

    From the arid wastelands of west Texas to the rolling, green hills of Pennsylvania, America’s shale drillers are sensing victory. Opec’s decision to chop production for the first time in eight years has handed their industry a lifeline. Indeed, Saudi Arabia’s decision to reverse course on a policy to flood the market and drown out […]

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  • Energy Superpower: US Shale Gas Is Powering Mexico

    • Date: 02/12/16
    • The American Interest

    North America is turning into one of the world’s biggest energy powerhouses of the 21st century. American natural gas production has increased more than 50 percent over the past ten years, a welcome development that comes to us courtesy of the shale boom. Fracking has unleashed a flood of new supplies of hydrocarbons on the American natural gas […]

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  • New Oil Boom: U.S. Output Could Reach 11 Million Barrels a Day or More

    • Date: 01/12/16
    • The Wall Street Journal

    Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas President Robert Kaplan said Thursday U.S. oil production has the potential to rise by more than 2 million barrels a day from current levels due to new finds, improved technology and already-productive fields. “Based on discussions with people in the industry U.S. oil production could get to in excess of, say, 11 […]

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  • Reality Check: Despite Climate Change Vow, China Pushes to Dig More Coal

    • Date: 01/12/16
    • Keith Bradshernov, The New York Times

    “I get a kick out of people in the West who think China is decarbonizing, because I see no sign of it whatsoever,” said Brock Silvers, a Shanghai banker. America’s uncertain stance toward global warming under the coming administration of Donald J. Trump has given China a leading role (sic!) in the fight against climate […]

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  • Renewables Should No Longer Have Grid Priority, Says E.U. Energy Commissioner

    • Date: 30/11/16
    • Handelsblatt Global

    Renewable energy should no longer have top priority in Europe’s electricity grid, the E.U. energy commissioner told Handelsblatt in an exclusive interview. Miguel Arias Canete said renewable energy should have the right of way over other forms of energy only when the electricity grid is maxed out. “But when it comes to simply feeding in […]

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  • Germany’s Conservative Party Considers Abolishing Renewable Energy Subsidies

    • Date: 29/11/16
    • Stefan Schultz, Der Spiegel

    In the run-up to next year’s general elections, Germany’s Christian Democrats (CDU) are considering a rapid end to subsides for renewable energies. Wind, solar and biogas plants would in future have to financially “stand on their own feet,” according to a draft discussion paper by the Federal Committee for Finance, Economy and Energy, seen by the […]

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