• 2,384 Coal Power Plants Planned Or Under Construction Worldwide

    • Date: 20/10/15
    • Sean Hackbarth, US Chamber of Commerce

    Globally there are 510 coal fired power plant under construction with a further 1874 planned, 2,384 in total. Joby Warrick of The Washington Post asks a strange question: If it’s President Obama’s mission to reduce carbon emissions, why is the federal government allowing coal to be mined on federal land and exported? The answer is obvious and hidden in […]

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  • India’s Failed Solar Experiment & Coal’s Success

    • Date: 19/10/15
    • Gayathri Vaidyanathan, E&E News

    One year ago, environmentalists hailed the village of Dharnai as the future of clean energy in rural India. Today, it is powered by coal. A failed solar experiment in the village of Dharnai has underscored the challenges of going solar in India. Photo by Gayathri Vaidyanathan. Dharnai, a community of about 3,200 people in eastern India’s […]

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  • Czech Republic To Expand Brown Coal Mining Program

    • Date: 19/10/15
    • Associated Press

    PRAGUE — The Czech government has approved a plan to expand the mining of lignite, a fossil fuel known as brown coal. Despite protests from environmentalists and local citizens, the government is allowing the mining to expand beyond previously set limits to get access to up to 120 million metric tons of coal in the […]

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  • Spain Imposes Solar Power Tax On Green Freeloaders

    • Date: 17/10/15
    • Tax News

    Spain’s Council of Ministers approved on October 9, 2015, a royal decree imposing a tax on the self-supply of electricity generated by privately owned solar panels. The tax will be introduced in the next six months, according to a statement from the Ministry of Industry, Energy, and Tourism. It will apply to solar power systems […]

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  • The Copernican Shale Revolution

    • Date: 16/10/15
    • Martin Sandbu, Financial Times

    Forget what you always thought about oil Every now and then a text slides across one’s desk that captures the elusive combination of simple and accessible analysis with profound implications. This week just such a text appeared in the form of a speech by Spencer Dale, the former Bank of England policymaker and current chief […]

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  • Nigel Lawson Says Blocking Fracking Is ‘Deplorable’

    • Date: 15/10/15
    • The Blackpool Gazette

    Lancashire’s decision to block fracking in the county was “deplorable” and curbed its ability to exploit its “best possible prospect”, Margaret Thatcher’s former chancellor has said. Former chancellor Nigel Lawson. Photo: Jonathan Brady/PA Wire Lord Lawson called on Lancashire County Council to allow the hydraulic fracturing of shale gas to develop the “immense” resources it […]

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  • Bill Gates Criticises Green Energy Campaigners

    • Date: 15/10/15
    • Emma Howard, The Guardian

    Bill Gates has branded fossil fuel divestment “a false solution” and accused environmentalists of making misleading claims about the price of solar power.    Bill Gates has $1.4bn (£900m) invested in fossil fuel companies through his charitable foundation, figures show. Photograph: GSA/Demotix/Corbis In an interview with US magazine the Atlantic, the founder of Microsoft and the Gates […]

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  • Coal Demand in South-East Asia Set To Triple In The Next 25 Years

    • Date: 14/10/15
    • Ben Potter, Financial Review

    South-east Asian coal demand is set to triple in the next 25 years, bucking a global trend and giving Australia’s coal exporters a sorely needed boost, a new International Energy Agency report predicts.  The forecast surge in demand for energy coal – also known as thermal coal and Australia’s third-biggest export – in south-east Asia comes as China’s demand is […]

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