• 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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  • America’s Shale Gas Is Headed to China for the Second Time

    • Date: 28/11/16
    • Jonathan Crawford, Bloomberg

    China is on the verge of receiving its second shipment of shale gas from the U.S. The Methane Julia Louise has signaled it’s bound for Ningbo, a port city on China’s eastern coast, ship-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg show. Earlier this month, the liquefied natural gas tanker owned by Mitsui & Co. arrived at Cheniere Energy Inc.’s […]

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  • 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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