• Alberta heads to the polls today. The fate of Canada’s carbon tax is on the line

    • Date: 16/04/19
    • Financial Post

    A Jason Kenney win would scrap Alberta’s carbon levy, with the leader vowing to join a legal fight with other provinces to block a federal tax. Voters in the Canadian province of Alberta, home to the world’s third-largest oil reserves, head to the voting booth Tuesday in a divisive election that could have wide-ranging implications […]

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  • As end looms for coal, German mining region shifts right

    • Date: 11/04/19
    • Reuters

    A German far-right party is using a simple message to attract voters in a mining region threatened by government plans to phase out coal: jobs are more important than the environment. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s aim to wean Europe’s biggest economy off fossil fuels is the main issue in a September election in the state of […]

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  • China’s Mammoth Coal Industry Gets Bigger, Crowding Out Imports

    • Date: 10/04/19
    • Bloomberg

    A year of plenty for China’s coal industry will probably mean a slump in imports, with miners in Australia likely to be the hardest hit. The world’s biggest producer and consumer of the fuel is set to lift output by more than 100 million tons in 2019, Wang Hongqiao, vice president of the China National […]

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  • New Study: Poverty and Lower Incomes Directly Linked to Renewables

    • Date: 08/04/19
    • NoTricksZone

    An empirical analysis using 2005-2015 data from 15 EU countries indicates that as more renewable energies (i.e., solar PV) are deployed, energy costs increase, household poverty risks rise, and incomes decline. Image Source: Pereira et al., 2019 In contrast to the negative consequences of switching from fossil fuels to renewables, Dr. Tadesse Weldu Teklu affirms “CO2 emission (energy consumption) is […]

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  • EU Seeks €1.7m Fine over Irish Wind Farm That Killed 50,000 Fish

    • Date: 02/04/19
    • GWPF and The Times

    An Irish wind farm, constructed in 2003, caused a hugely damaging peat slide, killing 50,000 fish. Now the EU is seeking a large fine from the Irish government, to punish it for failing to comply with a 2008 ruling of the Court of Justice of the European Union. Ireland could face a minimum fine of […]

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  • China’s New Coal Boom Revealed

    • Date: 28/03/19
    • Reuters

    SHANGHAI — China restarted construction on more than 50 gigawatts (GW) of suspended coal-fired power plants last year, bucking a global shift away from fossil fuels, a new study showed Thursday. China has repeatedly pledged to reduce its reliance on coal, a major source of smog and climate-warming greenhouse gases, and it has cut coal’s share […]

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  • New Study: US Shale Revolution Is Saving Tens Of Thousands Of Lives Every Year

    • Date: 27/03/19
    • Mark Perry, AEI Carpe Diem

    The American shale gas revolution has contributed to a 53% decrease in natural gas prices which has helped to save tens of thousands of deaths every year, new paper finds Here’s the abstract of the March 2019 NBER paper “Inexpensive Heating Reduces Winter Mortality“: This paper examines how the price of home heating affects mortality […]

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  • World’s Green Energy Transition in Doubt as Progress Is Stalling

    • Date: 25/03/19
    • World Economic Forum

    The world’s transition to secure, affordable and sustainable green energy has stagnated, with little or no progress achieved in the past five years. Geneva, Switzerland, 25 March 2019 – The world’s energy systems have become less affordable and are no more environmentally sustainable than they were five years ago. While access to energy has substantially improved, […]

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