• Nuclear Power? Yes, Please! Sensible Swiss Vote Against Nuclear Phase-Out

    • Date: 27/11/16
    • Swiss Info News

    Swiss voters have thrown out a proposal to close the country’s five nuclear power plants after 45 years in operation.   The Green Party initiative was rejected by 54.2% of the vote, according to final results. Only six of the country’s 26 cantons, mainly in French-speaking Switzerland, came out in favour of the phase out. […]

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  • Green Madness: Protected Forests In Europe Felled To Meet EU Renewable Targets

    • Date: 24/11/16
    • Arthur Neslen, The Guardian

    Protected forests are being indiscriminately felled across Europe to meet the EU’s renewable energy targets, according to an investigation by the conservation group Birdlife. Up to 65% of Europe’s renewable output currently comes from bioenergy, involving fuels such as wood pellets and chips, rather than wind and solar power. Bioenergy fuel is supposed to be harvested from […]

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  • EU Considering Halving Crop-Based Biofuels By 2030: Draft

    • Date: 23/11/16
    • Reuters

    The European Commission is considering halving the maximum amount of crop-based biofuels used in transport after 2020 over concerns they increase rather than reduce carbon emissions, according to a draft seen by Reuters. While they reduce reliance on fossil fuels, crop-based biofuels are made from agricultural products such as sugar or rapeseed oil that could […]

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  • Canadian Solar Shares Plunge As Entire Solar Industry Feels The Burn

    • Date: 22/11/16
    • Armina Ligaya, Financial Post

    Shares of Canada’s largest solar panel maker slumped Monday as its prospects for profitability dimmed amid a supply glut that is casting a shadow over the entire industry. Canadian Solar Inc.’s latest earnings also come as investors worry about the change in political climate under U.S. president-elect Donald Trump, who has signalled he has limited […]

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  • A Referendum Against The Wind Lobby In Vermont

    • Date: 18/11/16
    • Robert Bryce, National Review

    Big Wind lost big last Tuesday. While it’s not clear what Donald Trump’s election means for federal energy policy, it’s abundantly obvious that the wind-energy sector’s agenda was crushed in Vermont.  Indeed, thanks to the resounding — and somewhat improbable — election of a new Republican governor, Phil Scott, it is possible that Vermont could […]

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  • U.S. Geological Survey Discovers “Largest Oil Deposit Ever Discovered In America”

    • Date: 16/11/16
    • Akin Oyedele, Business Insider

    The US Geological Survey said Tuesday that it found what could be the largest deposit of untapped oil ever discovered in America. An estimated average of 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids are available for the taking in the Wolfcamp shale, which is in the Midland Basin portion […]

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  • World Energy Outlook: Oil Demand Won’t Peak Before 2040, Despite Paris Climate Deal

    • Date: 16/11/16
    • Amanda Cooper, Reuters

    The International Energy Agency expects global oil consumption to peak no sooner than 2040, leaving its long-term forecasts for supply and demand unchanged despite the 2015 Paris Climate Change Agreement entering into force. The Paris accord to cut harmful CO2 emissions seeks to wean the world economy off fossil fuels in the second half of the century […]

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  • U.S. Shale Industry Buoyed By Trump Victory And OPEC Deal

    • Date: 14/11/16
    • Ernest Scheyder, Reuters

    U.S. shale producers are redeploying cash, rigs and workers, cautiously confident the energy sector has turned a corner after Donald Trump’s election victory and OPEC’s recent signal that it plans to curb production. The downturn produced a leaner, more efficient U.S. shale industry that was forced to develop and quickly adapt new technology to compete […]

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