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News from April 2007

April sets European heat records

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This month is set to be the warmest April in Britain since records began nearly 350 years ago and all over Europe tourists are slapping on the sun cream several weeks ahead of schedule. Britain’s Met Office said the average temperature in central England from April 1-25 was 11.1 degrees Celsius, 3.4 degrees above the […]


Statoil to invest billions in oil sands

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Statoil ASA and North American Oil Sands Corporation (NAOSC) on Friday announced that they have entered into an acquisition agreement whereby Statoil will make an all-cash offer to acquire all shares of NAOSC at a price of CAD 20 per share. It is estimated that the NAOSC leases hold approximately 2.2 billion barrels in recoverable […]


Comparing Alternative Fuels For Cars

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Norwegian scientists have drawn up a league table of alternative fuels for cars. Their analysis is based on a well-to-wheel approach that takes into account manufacturing, energy use, greenhouse gas emissions, and local and regional pollutants. Bottom of the table, unsurprisingly, are petrol vehicles, but coming in a close second last are hybrid vehicles that […]


The Empire Strikes Back

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Even as its support in the hinterlands rapidly dwindles, the empire of big carbon is still on the offensive in Washington, DC. In a key test of how much pressure the coal and nuclear lobbies can muster, the House of Representatives voted, 264-154, to make the two worst available energy options (coal-to-liquids and nuclear reprocessing) […]


Carbon Offsetting Scam

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“Companies and individuals rushing to go green have been spending millions on FT.com


Some Experts Want Higher Gas Tax

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To date, revenue from U.S. gas taxes has been spent primarily on building and maintaining roads. It’s a sales tax, but many drivers think of it as a sort of user’s fee for the nation’s vast network of asphalt. But what if the main purpose of gas taxes was to deter Americans from driving so […]


The Limits to Lakoff

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…We now have a globalized complex society. This globalized complex society manifests all of the classical symptoms of imminent collapse. The twin problems of peak energy production and pollution-induced climate change coupled with the inefficacy of proposed technological solutions practically guarantee collapse of the global system. The horror show of energy scarcity now playing in […]


Summer, 2017

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It would have been impossible to convince anyone ten years ago that such would be the case, but the sprawling tract housing that surrounds most of America’s cities has been almost completely abandoned. It all started to happen ten years ago this summer, when the so-called subprime mortgage crisis spread into other housing sectors. Climbing […]


Health service urged to plan for global warming

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The health services have been urged to start planning for the impact of global warming and the likely increase in the price of oil in the years ahead. Due to the rising cost of oil-based transport, small hospitals will be a key point of access to healthcare for much of the population, it is predicted. […]


Interactive Oil Depletion Atlas

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There are currently 98 oil producing countries in the world, of which 64 are thought to have passed their geologically imposed production peak, and of those 60 are in terminal production decline. A few countries such as Iran, Libya, Peru, and Russia are anomalous in that although they are thought to have passed their production […]


Receding Horizons–Part II

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Last week, we discussed the Now let


Workers in short supply for U.S. nuclear power

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – When the top U.S. nuclear regulator addressed industry leaders in March, he spoke about a problem often neglected in public debates about nuclear energy: the threat of a labor shortage. Where are we going to get the educated and skilled workers to safely run the current fleet (of reactors) over extended lifetimes […]


North America’s biggest solar farm set for Ontario

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TORONTO (Reuters) – Work on North America’s biggest solar power plant will start next year in Ontario, the Canadian province’s energy minister said on Thursday. Once complete in 2010, the 40-megawatt project, near Sarnia in southwestern Ontario, will be able to supply enough emission-free electricity to power up to 24,000 homes. Reuters


Uganda prepares to double Nile hydropower

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BUJAGALI (Reuters) – Splashing the riverbanks with foam as they whoosh through central Uganda, the Bujagali Falls near the Nile’s source are a challenge to local fishermen and thrill-seeking white-water rafters alike. But Uganda’s government has other ideas for this powerful jet of water: it wants to harness it for electricity. Once completed, the Bujagali […]


Denver running on empty

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Denver is seeing a severe crunch in gasoline supply, and pump prices likely will top $3 a gallon in the coming days, industry sources said. Oil refinery problems in Texas and Oklahoma – which supply Colorado with gasoline through pipelines – are the root cause of the shortage. And the situation is being exacerbated by […]


Ghana: The Casualties of Our Energy Crisis

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…The first casualty of the energy crisis is the manufacturing industries. The Volta Aluminium Company Limited (VALCO) has been made to close down. Other companies, which use much energy, face a similar fate as VALCO. Some companies are producing below their capacity at the same fixed cost of labour. No wonder production by Ghana Cement […]


Climate change heats up Arctic geopolitics

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MONTREAL (AFP) – Global warming has the United States and Canada scrambling to overhaul their strategies for controlling North America’s vast Arctic, as sea passage grows easier and natural gas resources beckon. Ice melt in Canada’s Great North already allows boat traffic in the Northwest Passage, long the definition of a difficult route between the […]


$4 Gas? Fat Chance

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With gasoline prices surging in 2007, U.S. motorists have cast a nervous eye toward gas station signs. Headlines about the specter of $4-a-gallon gasoline bedevil commuters and vacation planners, and fears of an inflationary ripple effect linger. Many have worried that pump prices could surpass the record average of $3.06 a gallon in September, 2005, […]


Saudi arrests suspects planning oil attacks

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RIYADH (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia has arrested more than 170 suspected al Qaeda-linked militants, some of whom were training as pilots to carry out suicide attacks on oil facilities in the kingdom, the Interior Ministry said on Friday. The ministry, in a statement read on state television, also said police seized weapons and more than […]


April weather set to break record

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The UK Met Office has released figures showing that this month is set to be the warmest April since records began in England more than 300 years ago. The data has been compiled from observations that go into the Central England Temperature record. BBC


Alberta’s oil boom is already over

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In the midst of this energy-driven boom, it’s hard to imagine that the gravy train is already slowing down. But the truth is the provincial government faces a 33 per cent drop in oil and gas royalties over the next three years, and Albertans should take a close look at the reasons behind it. First, […]


All power to Russia

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When asked recently about Iran’s proposal to Russia to create a global gas cartel, a number of top Russian leaders and experts commented that the move appeared rooted more in politics than in economics – in particular, the politics of opposition to the United States and of counteracting its growing global aggressiveness. Certainly powerful economic […]


Taiwan Stung by Millions of Missing Bees

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Taiwan’s bee farmers are feeling the sting of lost business and possible crop danger after millions of the honey-making, plant-pollinating insects vanished during volatile weather, media and experts said on Thursday. Over the past two months, farmers in three parts of Taiwan have reported most of their bees gone, the Chinese-language United Daily News reported. […]


Race On To Increase Biofuel Yields

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With controversy surrounding the economics of biofuel production and nagging doubts about its large-scale sustainability, researchers have now turned their attention to ways of producing biofuels more efficiently. Looking at ethanol production, Purdue University researchers say they have discovered that particles from cornstalks undergo previously unknown structural changes when processed to produce ethanol. They found […]


Is Wind Power Full of Hot Air?

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Wind power might be the ticket, as 4,000MW of wind power capacity is possible by the end of 2007, according to research reported by Manufacturing.Net earlier this month. Industrial Info Resources has found that China’s geography provides an estimated wind power potential of 3.2 billion kilowatts, and it is expected to surpass Germany and the […]


Canada ready to ban sale of traditional light bulbs

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Canada will be among the first countries in the world to ban the purchase of traditional light bulbs, part of the government’s plan to reduce greenhouse-gas emissions. The government’s announcement this week follows the lead of Australia and the Canadian province of Ontario and will take effect in 2012. Canadian retailers will be required to […]


Pacific leaders: petrol and diesel energy quickly becoming unaffordable

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Energy ministers from around the Pacific have agreed a unifed approach by countries in the Pacific is needed to procure fuel resources for the region. A two day conference on Rarotonga brought together energy ministers from across the Pacific to discuss the rising cost of fossils fuels and other energy issues facing the region. New […]


China admits ‘grave need’ to cut pollution

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China’s prime minister has taken personal charge of efforts to repair the country’s disastrous environmental record, after they were repeatedly blocked by local government officials obsessed with economic growth. Wen Jiabao’s decision to head a new task force focusing on the environment was made at a meeting of the state council, the country’s cabinet, state […]


Canada: Oil sands hit by climate change politics

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Industry fears impact of emission targetsAlberta’s oil producers are finding themselves squarely in the cross-hairs of the government’s new climate change regulations, which aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 per cent by 2020, even as industry plans to triple oil sands production. Environment Minister John Baird is due to release targets for large […]


Malaysia’s oil output will continue to grow: Analyst

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Malaysia’s oil output is forecast to continue to grow in the long-term after a series of world-class deepwater discoveries, an analyst said. “In stark contrast to the outlook at the turn of the last decade, when production declines from core legacy fields were a major concern, a series of world-class deepwater discoveries have set the […]


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