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Energy Efficiencies, Improve Energy Efficiencies, Renewable Energy Sources
We live in the Energy Age – imagine life in the 21st Century in most developed nations without the benefits of abundant and economical energy. But no resource on this Earth is really inexhaustible – and our traditional fossil fuel sources are not without limits. The world’s oil supplies are being depleted at a rapid rate. And more expensive (to extract, process, transport and distribute). There are still many nations without abundant and affordable energy. As more nations industrialize and modernize their systems, the demands made on the world’s fossil fuel supplies will place stress on things energy-related and on global supplies.
The hot topics today in energy include reduction of use, conservation of existing supplies, energy efficiencies, and especially alternative sources of energy. While the world goes on using traditional fossil fuels, the race is on to harness natural and renewable energy sources – solar, geo-thermal, wind, tidal, and other “clean” technologies. This section of Accountability Central brings you news and updates, research and insights, commentary and opinion, and more information you can use on Energy topics.
News & Updates
Solar Industry - Last week, a panel of judges from the îWorld Trade Organizationî (WTO) declared that the U.S. imposition of tariffs on China-source solar photovoltaic products is a violation of international trade...
July 23, 2014 New York State of Fracking: A ProPublica ExplainerSource: ProPublica
New York is one of a handful of states around the country that currently has at least temporarily halted fracking. Since 2008, when the state was first confronted with interest in gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing by energy...
July 23, 2014 U.S. Ranks Near Bottom Globally in Energy Efficiency
Inter Press Service - âThere is a growing realisation that energy efficiency is the lowest-cost energy and greenhouse gas emission option,â Nate Aden, a research fellow the climate and energy programme at the...
Research & Insights
July 15, 2014 Why Fracking And Other Disasters Are So Hard to Stop
OpEdNews - A new report offers compelling evidence that fracking for natural gas is killing domestic animals like horses, cattle, goats, and sheep. The dead animals provide a strong warning that fracking can harm humans --...
July 9, 2014 International report charts path to deep carbon cutsSource: Eco-Business
Governments around the world are failing in their commitments to address climate change, a group of international science institutions warn in a new report, saying the window to prevent catastrophic warming will soon close. “The...
ITHACA — Wastewater from hydraulic fracturing could release tiny particles that bind to heavy metals and pollutants, exacerbating environmental risks during accidental spills, according to Cornell University researchers. The...
Commentary & Opinion
July 10, 2014 Obama isn't killing coal. It's dying anyway.
The Week Magazine - Coal, of course, will never be free. [The Guardian] That's why the Australian government and private groups such as Bloomberg îNew Energy Financeî forecast solar generation to rise six-fold over...
In 1980 Julian Simon famously bet modern Malthusian Paul Ehrlich $10,000 that five commodity metals chosen by Ehrlich (he selected copper, chromium, nickel, tin and tungsten) would decline in price by 1990. Simon’s point was that...
July 3, 2014 How fracking foes are killing N.Y. jobsSource: Daily News
My hardworking, fair-minded liberal parents raised my sisters and me with a healthy sense of sympathy for the poor and the voiceless. So I can’t help but feel for the denizens of upstate New York, where a long-faltering economy...
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