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News from April 2007

Germany to Become World’s Most Energy-Efficient Country

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Environment Minister Sigmar Gabriel told the lower house of parliament, the Bundestag, that the time had come to act. “We have all witnessed the dangers of climate change in the last few months. We only saw winter in the calendar in Germany,” he said, alluding to last year’s unusually mild winter. Gabriel reminded the MPs […]


Get Congress to pave way for U.S. alternative fuel sites

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Our country is facing a severe energy crisis. “Peak oil” was once considered a radical theory, but current research has given it a high degree of credibility. Some believe the peak already may have passed, while others think it will occur between 2005 and 2010. Not only are we running out of oil, we are […]


China’s Wen Urges Curbs on Energy-Guzzlers

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Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao on Friday urged a policy crackdown on energy-gorging industries that belch pollution, saying his coal-dependent nation had to rein in emissions causing global warming. Wen has made a priority of cutting growth in China’s consumption of oil, gas and coal, but frantic economic growth stymied energy efficiency goals for last year. […]


Iran to Attend Regional Talks on Iraq Strife

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The government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran announced Sunday that it would attend a regional conference on Iraq later this week, setting the stage for the first cabinet-level meeting between Iran and the United States since the end of 2004. The American envoy to the meeting, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, said that she […]


The heat is on for greenhouse gas methane

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In the United States, cattle emit about 5.5 million tonnes of methane per year into the atmosphere, accounting for 20 percent of U.S. methane emissions, the Environmental Protection Agency says. In New Zealand, emissions from agriculture comprise about half of all greenhouse gas emissions. But what worries Singer most is a rapid release of methane […]


Indian project shows solar power affordable-U.N.

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A solar power project in India supplying electricity to 100,000 people will be widened to other developing nations after showing that clean energy can be cheaper than fossil fuels, a U.N. report said on Sunday. The $1.5 million U.N.-backed project would be extended to China, Indonesia, Mexico and Algeria and several other nations to help […]


Hydrogen fuel-cell cars in dealer showrooms by 2015, say industry experts

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GM and other automakers have brought their prototypes to Vancouver for a major conference on hydrogen and fuel cells Monday and Tuesday, which is drawing delegates from more than 30 countries. Volume-produced fuel-cell vehicles will have to equal conventional vehicles in long-term durability, reliability, ease of operation, range and cost, says Todd Goldstein, an engineer […]


Growers hope to farm biodiesel

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California farmers are hoping to strike oil insidebayarea


Venture Capital Rushes Into Alternative Energy

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Money is flowing into alternative energy companies so fast that nytimes


As climate shifts, so does definition of security

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NEW YORK – Growing concern surrounds a new national security threat, an insidious trend that could foster terrorism worldwide and draw our armed forces into messy regional conflicts in Africa, Asia and Latin America. No, it isn’t nuclear proliferation. Nor is it a new brand of religious fundamentalism. It’s global warming. In the last few […]


Uganda: Joining walking class due to diesel shortage

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I left home on Monday morning, thinking that this week would be just like any other. I stopped at Engen in Bunga, only to be told there was no diesel. I passed by more than eight stations in Kansanga, Kabalagala, Nsambya and Kibuli only to be told the same After cruising around the city and […]


Talk of 4th nuclear reactor on Del. River draws criticism

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The last time the federal government considered how dangerous the Salem, N.J., nuclear complex could be, it came to this conclusion: In the unlikely case of a meltdown, 100,000 people in the region would die within one year, with 75,000 injuries and 40,000 later deaths to cancer. That was 25 years ago. While there has […]


Is Saudi Arabia stealing Iraqi crude via the Iraq/Saudi pipeline?

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I recently became interested in the theory that the Iraqi Saudi pipeline (IPSA) was being used by the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to pipe Iraqi crude to the KSA to be sold as Arabian light crude. I found a good summation here. I think its fair to say that somebody at a refinery would spot […]


A Tale of Two Crudes

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One of the most unusual and interesting developments in the past two months has been the stark divergence in performance between two of the most common crude oil benchmarks in the world–WTI and Brent crude. To make a long story short, Brent is a slightly lesser grade of oil than WTI. Both oils are considered […]


China dream a nightmare for climate change

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BEIJING (AFP) – At the age of 27, marketing executive Zack Chen is living the modern China dream. Holidays in Europe, modern appliances at home and a high-paying job with a foreign car company. The problem for the world as it tries to tackle climate change is that more than one billion other Chinese want […]


The Mirage of Energy Independence

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With oil prices some three times higher than a decade ago, and access to more than half of the petroleum reserves on the planet beneath nations vulnerable to the whims of Islamic fundamentalists, it’s understandable that Americans want Washington to free them of dependence on foreign energy. Understandable — but misguided. The goal of energy […]


Rebels Bomb Fuel Facilities in Sri Lanka

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COLOMBO, Sri Lanka (AP) — Tamil Tiger rebels bombed a fuel refinery and gasoline storage facility near the Sri Lankan capital early Sunday, and authorities cut power to the city, officials said. Hours later, the military pounded rebel positions in the north. The rebel attack was the third assault by Tamil Tiger planes since they […]


Preparing for ‘peak oil’

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The world has a big problem: It’s running out of oil. According to a recent Government Accountability Office report, the long-awaited “peak oil” crisis will certainly happen by 2040 – and may be happening right now. Fortunately, President Bush has a strong energy plan in place that can be easily augmented to respond to concerns […]


Carbon-Neutral Is Hip, but Is It Green?

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“The worst of the carbon-offset programs resemble the Catholic Church’s sale of indulgences back before the Reformation,” said Denis Hayes, the president of the Bullitt Foundation, an environmental grant-making group. “Instead of reducing their carbon footprints, people take private jets and stretch limos, and then think they can buy an indulgence to forgive their sins.” […]


Japan’s Abe arrives in Saudi at start of Mideast tour

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrived in Saudi Arabia on Saturday on the first leg of a Middle East tour aimed at bolstering Japan’s presence in a region crucial for its energy needs.Japan is increasingly concerned by potential threats to its energy supply. It has virtually no oil or gas reserves of its own and […]


Missiles, Oil, and Europe Re-Divided

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by Joschka Fischer Moscow is playing a game of “divide and rule” by exploiting Europe’s dependence on Russian oil and gas supplies. As the EU’s Russia policy is blocked by the Polish government’s intransigence, Russia blithely continues to sign more bilateral treaties with individual EU member states, most recently with Greece and Bulgaria. The only […]


Chavez and Big Oil gear up for struggle over Venezuela’s oil future

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Forcing Big Oil to give up control of Venezuela’s most promising oil fields this week will be relatively easy for President Hugo Chavez, but he will face a more delicate challenge in getting the world’s top oil companies to stay and keep investing. If Chavez can convince companies to stick around despite tougher terms, Venezuela […]


Go west in the great Canada oil rush of ‘07

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Canda has launched a campaign to attract 100,000 new citizens in an appeal reminiscent of the great colonial migrations of the middle of the 20th century. Workers and their families from scientists and machinists to doctors and carers are being urged to move to the province of Alberta to help cope with the demand for […]


World climate panel in Bangkok to recommend nuclear energy

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The United Nations Inter-governmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) which gathers in Bangkok this week is expected to throw its weight behind nuclear energy as a means of mitigating global warming, media reports said Sunday. monstersandcritics


Coming Soon – Hydrogen Refineries At Your Corner Gas Station

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Hydrogen fuel cell technology is the answer most often touted as the solution to greenhouse gas emitting cars. But until local fueling stations have the technology and capability to provide the hydrogen fuel at the community level, it’s still a pipe dream. h2daily


DEFENDING CAPITALISM’S INTEGRITY

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Yet, even after the demise of the Soviet system of socialism freemarketnews


Pickens: $80 a barrel this year

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Legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens said Tuesday that global demand will outstrip supply in the fourth quarter of this year, leading U.S. oil prices to rise to $80 or more a barrel. Pickens would not predict how high beyond $80 oil would go this year or in 2008 but said he was interested to see […]


Chavez says Venezuela will meet energy needs of leftist allies

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President Hugo Chavez says Venezuela is ready to become the sole energy supplier to Cuba, Bolivia, Nicaragua and Haiti, presenting the countries with his most generous offer yet of oil-funded diplomacy in the region. theglobeandmail


The Honeymoon’s Over for Bush and the Saudis

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What has happened to the love affair between Saudi Arabia’s King Abdullah and President Bush? Two years ago, down on the Texas ranch, they were photographed walking hand in hand. It was the beginning of a beautiful relationship: Bush dropped his demand for democratization in the puritanical kingdom, and Abdullah did his best to moderate […]


The Earth’s Climate Is Seesawing, According To Climate Researchers

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During the last 10,000 years climate has been seesawing between the North and South Atlantic Oceans. As revealed by findings presented by Quaternary scientists at Lund University, Sweden, cold periods in the north have corresponded to warmth in the south and vice verse. These results imply that Europe may face a slightly cooler future than […]


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