• EU Crisis May Kill Green Agenda

    • Date: 23/05/10

    The European Commission is under pressure to shelve plans to raise its target for greenhouse gas emission cuts from 20% to 30% amid fears that further uncertainty would be too damaging to fragile world markets. The EU is planning to publish a paper this week urging carbon emission reductions targets for Europe’s biggest polluters to […]

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  • Spanish Wind Farms Registered as Solar, Won Subsidies

    • Date: 22/05/10

    Some wind-energy plants in Spain were registered as solar-power generators and claimed the higher subsidy given to installations that harness sunlight, a regulatory investigation has found. The National Energy Commission’s probe, originally to look for irregularities in solar power production, discovered that some owners of wind turbines in Spain had sold power as if they […]

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  • EU Climate Targets Alarm Industry

    • Date: 21/05/10

    The European Commission is pushing for rapid decisions on its future climate policy. It is proposing to raise the EU’s target for CO2 emissions cuts to 30 percent by 2020. The German government is going along with the Commission. Companies now expect the worst. In many sectors of German industry there is growing uncertainty and […]

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  • Why We Will Never Run Out Of Energy

    • Date: 21/05/10

    A remarkable paper published online today by the journal Science could — emphasis on could — signal the start of an energy revolution, and more generally a manufacturing revolution. By “start” I mean this could be akin to the first twitch of a runner’s leg as she positions herself for the opening pistol shot of […]

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  • Green Boom Turns To Bust

    • Date: 20/05/10

    As Europe grapples with the fallout from Greece’s economic woes, at least one unexpected corner of the economy is suffering: renewable energy companies. That’s because few wind, solar, and other green power installations would be profitable without subsidies, and as governments across Europe curb spending in response to the Greek crisis, those funds are being […]

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  • Leaked Document Shows Spain’s ‘Green’ Policies Are An Economic Disaster

    • Date: 19/05/10

    Pajamas Media has received a leaked internal assessment produced by Spain’s Zapatero administration. The assessment confirms the key charges previously made by non-governmental Spanish experts in a damning report exposing the catastrophic economic failure of Spain’s “green economy” initiatives. On eight separate occasions, President Barack Obama has referred to the “green economy” policies enacted by Spain […]

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  • U.S. Administration Abandons Hope Of Global Climate Treaty

    • Date: 19/05/10

    The US climate negotiator said Tuesday it was politically unrealistic for the next treaty to impose global targets on emission cuts, amid deep divisions between rich and developing nations. Special envoy Todd Stern said a better model was the “bottom-up architecture” proposed by Australia during last year’s Copenhagen summit, in which each nation submits details […]

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  • California’s Global Warming Law Could Cause Businesses To Flee State

    • Date: 19/05/10

    A state law that requires power plants, factories and other businesses to cut greenhouse gas emissions could cause energy prices to rise and prompt businesses to delay expansion or flee California, according to a study by the state Legislative Analyst’s Office. The landmark global warming law, which is being enforced in phases, could put the […]

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