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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
December 19, 2014 The Top 5 Energy and Climate Stories of 2014Source: Forbes
2014 was a remarkable year for energy and climate issues. Oil prices are plummeting, the United States and China made a major joint climate announcement, and renewable energy reached price parity with coal in a growing number of...
December 19, 2014 EPA expected to treat coal ash waste like garbageSource: UT San Diego
Environmentalists and industry experts widely expect the first federal standards for the waste generated from coal burned for electricity to treat the ash like household garbage, rather than a hazardous material.
December 19, 2014 Could New York's Fracking Ban Have Domino Effect?Source: National Geographic
New York's decision to ban fracking for health reasons could reverberate beyond the state, bolstering other efforts to limit the controversial method of drilling for oil and natural gas.
Research & Insights
December 17, 2014 Ecova Survey Reveals 2015 Energy and Sustainability PredictionsSource: BusinessWire
The report aggregates findings from a survey of more than 500 energy, facility, finance and sustainability professionals at U.S.-based companies and reveals an important shift in the way companies are approaching and viewing...
December 5, 2014 Long-term environmental damage by CO2 emissions: Study
KhaleejTimes - CO2 emissions cause global temperatures to increase for about a decade, but then temperatures stay high for a long time. Washington -Refuting common misconceptions that todayâs carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions...
December 4, 2014 Poll: 83% of Americans say climate is changingSource: USA Today
Eight out of 10 Americans now believe the climate is changing, according to a new survey conducted for Munich Re America, the world's largest reinsurance firm.
Commentary & Opinion
December 9, 2014 The Heat Is On: Three Ways To Avoid Climate Armageddon
Forbes - The UN îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) report echoes the work released by 13 US federal government agencies this past spring predicting that climate change would harm the American economy...
December 3, 2014 What Is the Break-Even Point for OPEC, U.S. Shale? - videoSource: Bloomberg
Willem Buiter, chief economist at Citigroup and Bloomberg’s Hans Nichols discuss the economic impact on oil producing nations and OPEC as prices continue to tumble. They speak on “Bloomberg Surveillance
December 3, 2014 Oil Investors May Be Running Off a Cliff They Can’t SeeSource: Bloomberg
A major threat to fossil fuel companies has suddenly moved from the fringe to center stage with a dramatic announcement by Germany’s biggest power company and an intriguing letter from the Bank of England
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