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News from September 2008

Oil-funded research in Palin’s campaign against protection for polar bear

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The Republican Sarah Palin and her officials in the Alaskan state government drew on the work of at least six scientists known to be sceptical about the dangers and causes of global warming, to back efforts to stop polar bears being protected as an endangered species, the Guardian can disclose. Some of the scientists were […]


Farmland birds not bothered by wind turbines, study finds

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Farmland birds aren’t bothered by wind turbines being built in the countryside, a new study has found. The sight and sound of ranks of whirling 100-metre high turbines had little effect on the numbers of birds in the area, scientists found.The results will disappoint conservation groups, who claim turbines pose a threat to birds but […]


Nigeria: Experts to Meet on Energy Crisis

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Experts as well as professionals in the energy sector will meet next month in Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), to deliberate on the ways out of the current energy crisis in the country. The discussions which would be organised by the Energy Commission of Nigeria, Rural Electrification Agency and BAS Associates Consulting, will focus […]


Financial crisis could hinder climate talks: Germany

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Global financial turmoil will make it harder for international partners to reach important agreements on climate change in the coming months, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said Tuesday. Speaking at a Berlin conference on transatlantic cooperation on climate and energy, Steinmeier said countries’ policy priorities were shifting in the wake of the market crisis.“The collapse […]


Biodiesel breakthrough comes at

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A revolutionary plan to produce green fuel from the jatropha plant has passed a major test by delivering its first shipments. D1 Oils, the British company behind the scheme, says it is well on the way to reaching its target of producing 1,000 tonnes of crude jatropha oil by December. “We are pleased to have […]


Schlumberger CEO sees oil and gas cycle intact

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The CEO of Schlumberger Ltd, the world’s largest oilfield services company, on Tuesday repeated his view that the exploration and production cycle should stay strong for years, even as a credit crisis roils world markets. “Absent a deep global recession and much greater demand reduction than we have seen so far, we consider that both […]


CA: World’s largest uranium refinery plans $6M expansion

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Cameco is celebrating 25 years in Blind River, and 20 years as a corporation. And after a quarter of a century, the company’s future is looking bright as demand for world energy continues to grow. Over the next 20 years, world demand for electricity is expected to double. Cameco’s uranium sales volume has tripled since […]


China’s coal export volume on falling trend

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China’s coal exports have been falling sharply in volume since June, and the total export volume of this year is predicted to be approximately the same as last year, according to Customs statistics. The statistics show that in the first eight months China exported 33.64 million tons of coal, up 0.3 percent over a year […]


IRL: Revised biofuel target on transport welcome

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The government’s revised biofuels obligation of 3 per cent of all transport fuel by 2010 was yesterday welcomed by the Labour Party. The party’s spokeswoman on energy Liz McManus said that the new target – which has almost halved the target set only 19 months ago – recognised that biofuels can have a very negative […]


French biofuel tax revision threatens jobs -makers

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Thousands of jobs could be lost in the French biofuel sector if the government’s proposal to scrap tax advantages for the grain-made fuels by 2012 is adopted, ethanol makers said on Tuesday. The government said in its draft 2009 budget released on Friday that it would gradually phase out tax reductions given to ethanol and […]


Calgary team shows how to scrub CO2 from the air

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University of Calgary climate change researchers say they are close to figuring out how to commercialize the capture of carbon dioxide directly from the air with a simple system that could be set up anywhere in the world. If they can make it work, it would allow greenhouse gas to be removed from ambient air […]


Five Reasons Why the $700 Billion Banking Bailout Will Translate into $250 Oil

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I … Analysts said this decline was merely the beginning, and that with a global economy that had been severely singed by the U.S. credit crisis, oil prices had nowhere to go but down. But I continued to make the opposite argument. And a week ago, the markets made my point for me. On Sept. […]


Polygeneration From Coal

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Advanced coal gasification technologies have raised the efficiency of coal conversion far above that of conventional coal combustion. As a result, these advanced technologies offer the promise of economically and environmentally acceptable uses of coal for chemicals and liquid fuels. One of the more promising advanced development concepts is polygeneration from coal. Polygeneration involves the […]


EU urged to agree on climate before U.N. talks open

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WARSAW (Reuters) – The European Union must reach a consensus on climate policy if it wants to play a leading role in U.N.-led talks on a new pact to cut greenhouse gases, a Polish official said on Tuesday. A package of climate measures proposed by the European Commission — the EU executive — aims, among […]


U.S. driving drops for 9th straight month

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Motorists on U.S. roads applied the brakes hard on driving when gasoline prices peaked over the summer at more than $4 per gallon, according to the latest government figures released on Tuesday. The 3.6 percent year-over-year decline in miles traveled on all roads in July cemented a downward trend begun nine months […]


Does U.S. Need a

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Yes, says Edwin Black, an author who has just written a new book titled The Plan: How to Save America When the Oil Stops Is such a scenario worth planning for? Even a modest disruption in the flow of oil could have a devastating impact on the economy and commerce, especially the flow of goods.


Military, Business Leaders Release Comprehensive Energy Security Plan

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The Energy Security Leadership Council (ESLC), a project of Securing America’s Future Energy (SAFE), yesterday released A National Strategy for Energy Security, a comprehensive plan that offers the public and policymakers specific solutions to the very real threats posed by our nation’s dependence on oil. The National Strategy lays out a pathway toward a long-term […]


Africa Command is operational, but skepticism persists

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WASHINGTON (AFP) By 2015, a quarter of US oil imports are projected to come from Africa, particularly the Gulf of Guinea off Africa’s western coast. “US Africa Command is nothing more than a device to ensure that the US oil industry will have unfettered access to Africa’s vast supplies of oil,” said Mark Fancher of […]


Maine study weighs impact of more wood heating

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AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) “Before we do anything else, we have to look at conservation and efficiency,” Otten said Friday as the task force issued its report. Maine has about 17 million acres of woodlands that could be harvested commercially, officials said. It is also the state with the highest dependence on No. 2 heating oil, […]


Solar Energy From An Unlikely Source: The Amish

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On the porch of a white Lancaster County farmhouse in Pennsylvania set between corn and soy bean fields, an Amish woman makes apple sauce the old-fashioned way: She crushes them in a manual press. Chickens run across the yard. A long line of laundry dries in the sun. But at her husband’s dairy equipment shop […]


Melting ice magnifies Arctic risks

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The news that Lloyd Announcing the sponsorship, Stephen Catlin, chief executive of Catlin Group Limited, said:


Oil Drops Most in 17 Years in Quarter on Economy Woes

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(Bloomberg) — Crude oil futures plunged 28 percent in the third quarter, their biggest decline since 1991, amid concern that slowing economic growth will curtail global demand and as the dollar advanced. Oil traded within a $56 range in the quarter, reaching a record $147.27 a barrel on July 11 and retreating to as low […]


We are heading for a global environmental credit crunch

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…Credit crunches occur when investment capital is difficult to obtain due to a shrinking credit supply or a willingness to lend. This usually falls in concordance to a recession, and some are worried Canada may soon see a similar fate. Although this credit crunch may pose a legitimate threat to many livelihoods and pensions, there […]


Severe fuel shortage grips parts of US southeast

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… The effects on motorists have been dramatic. Most service stations in Atlanta are out of gas, with plastic bags placed over the pumps or signs saying “out”. As a result, drivers are cruising the city hunting for gas — often with a fuel meter needle hovering close to empty. When they find gas, it’s […]


College students adapt to high gas prices

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Instead of driving, students opt to walk, ride public transportation, or use Zipcar. When gas prices climbed to $4.10 this summer, Old Dominion University student Azam Shafiee knew she had to make a few changes. She drove less. Instead of commuting 25 minutes to work, she found a new job just 10 minutes away from […]


The green bubble bursts

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Amid the energy crisis, Democrats are losing the high ground on the environment to a GOP that is pushing oil drilling. As the election enters its endgame, Democrats and their environmental allies face a political challenge they could hardly have imagined just a few months ago. America’s growing dependence on fossil fuels, once viewed as […]


Richard Heinberg’s Museletter: Various Musings

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This month’s issue is a compilation of several recent short writings. The last of these, a set of frequently asked questions about Peak Oil, is a work in progress that will appear in expanded form at www.postcarbon.org. … As oil crosses $100 on its way south, not even a hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico […]


Shell’s President Tempers Optimism on Lifting of Drilling Ban

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The head of Royal Dutch Shell’s U.S. operations is taking a realistic perspective on the lifting of the federal ban on drilling in the Outer Continental Shelf. Shell Oil Co. President Marvin Odum said Friday that while he’s optimistic drilling activity could take place off the Atlantic and Pacific coasts in the years ahead, there […]


Frustration in the South as a Gasoline Shortage Drags On

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ATLANTA …Radio stations let callers fume about the shortage over the airwaves. Fights have been reported at many gas stations. And a community college system in Asheville, N.C., closed temporarily last week after many students stopped driving to class. In Douglas County, Ga., the police issued a request for motorists to stop calling 911 for […]


Indian Oil’s Crude, Funding Costs Rise; Add to Losses

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(Bloomberg) — Indian Oil Corp., the nation’s biggest refiner, said its oil import costs may climb as much as 70 percent to $45 billion this year, adding to increased borrowings and revenue losses from selling fuel below cost. The New Delhi-based refiner is paying $110 to $115 for every barrel of oil it buys from […]


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