• Another Green Debacle: As Corn Devours U.S. Prairies, Greens Reconsider Biofuel Mandate

    • Date: 28/07/16
    • Jennifer A Dlouhy, Bloomberg

    Environmentalists who once championed biofuels as a way to cut pollution are now turning against a U.S. program that puts renewable fuels in cars, citing higher-than-expected carbon dioxide emissions and reduced wildlife habitat. More than a decade after conservationists helped persuade Congress to require adding corn-based ethanol and other biofuels to gasoline, some groups regret […]

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  • Germany’s Biggest Solar Company Faces Bankruptcy

    • Date: 27/07/16
    • PV-Tech News

    SolarWorld could face bankruptcy as a result of its polysilicon supply dispute with Hemlock. The U.S. polysilicon supplier is claiming up to $793.5 million in damages, in court documents acquired by Reuters today. While a surprise to few within PV, Germany’s largest PV module producer SolarWorld could be hit by a damages claim for $793.5 […]

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  • Shale Revolution 3.0: US Exports Gas To The Middle East

    • Date: 18/07/16
    • Ed Crooks, Financial Times

    For the US to sell gas to the energy-rich Middle East might seem like sending coal to Newcastle, but it has started to happen as the American shale revolution upends the global flows of resources. Cheniere Energy’s LNG plant at Sabine Pass Two cargoes of US liquefied natural gas from Cheniere Energy’s Sabine Pass plant […]

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  • Renewables Investment Fell 23% This Year After Record 2015

    • Date: 15/07/16
    • Jessica Shankleman, Bloomberg

    Global investment in renewable energy fell 23 percent in the first half of this year as the cost of installing solar panels declined and China paused the pace of its spending. Wind, solar and other clean energy industries attracted $116.4 billion in the first two quarters of the year including $61.5 billion in the second […]

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  • Brexit Could Provide Boost For Britain’s Shale Gas

    • Date: 14/07/16
    • Karolin Schaps, Reuters

    Britain’s shale gas industry could get a helping hand from a falling pound and a supportive new prime minister just as it is gearing up for its first production this year, after facing economic and political challenges that slowed its start. Machinery moves earth on the proposed gas fracking site close to the village of […]

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  • Greenpeace Wonders Why China Is Building More Than 200 New Coal Power Plants

    • Date: 13/07/16
    • Reuters

    Even though China has promised to reduce its dependency on fossil fuels, there are 210 new coal-fired power plant projects approved for construction. China is building another 200 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired power capacity despite tough new measures designed to cut the use of fossil fuels and tackle overcapacity, environmental group Greenpeace said on Wednesday. […]

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  • Resilient Fracking: Another Sign Shale Is Rebounding

    • Date: 11/07/16
    • The American Interest

    If, as the old saying goes, two out of three ain’t bad, then five out of six has to be verging on being downright good. That’s welcome news for the embattled American shale industry, which has seen the number of active rigs currently in operation increase for five of the last six weeks. Frackers have […]

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  • Anti-Fracking Scientists Quietly Retract Paper Due To Bad Data

    • Date: 09/07/16
    • Seth Whitehead, Energy in Depth

    The University of Cincinnati (UC) has yet to publish the results of a now year-old study that found no water contamination from hydraulic fracturing in a scientific journal, despite scrutiny, media attention, and numerous calls from groups and elected officials to do so. This indefinite delay is all the more interesting considering that UC couldn’t wait to publish the results of its 2015 study that claimed fracking was causing […]

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