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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

September 2, 2014 7 reasons to claim water for life, not for coal

Greenpeace International - That someone must be YOU. Right now the most important event of the year on global water issues, îWorld Water Weekî, is happening in Stockholm, Sweden. More than 200 organisations from...

September 2, 2014 Communities going into power business to cut cost, carbon footprint

Source: LA Times

Impatient with the pace at which states and the federal government are confronting climate change, communities from the coast of Massachusetts, Cincinnati, Chicago and Boulder, Colo., have begun taking steps to elbow aside big...

September 1, 2014 Shale drillers’ landfill records don’t match those of Pennsylvania DEP

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

EQT Corp. told the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection that it sent 21 tons of drill cuttings from its Marcellus Shale wells to area landfills in 2013. But landfills in southwestern Pennsylvania told a different...

Research & Insights

September 2, 2014 Drinking or fracking' Report finds top shale plays globally are in places with scarce water

FORTUNE - A new study by the global research organization îWorld Resources Instituteî (WRI) found that the best shale deposits where the fracking would be done are in places like China, Mexico and South Africa,...

August 25, 2014 America's Great Solar Boom--In 6 Encouraging Charts

Co.EXIST - For a readable account of solar's progress, take a look at this new report from the îUnion of Concerned Scientistsî. It sizes up the boom, looks at what's driving it, and explores what needs to happen for...

August 19, 2014 UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking

Source: The Guardian

The vision of an energy-independent Britain, free of the clear and growing problems of overseas fuel dependency, is deeply alluring. That is one of the reasons I set up a solar energy company 15 years ago. Today, Putin's Russia,...

Commentary & Opinion

August 29, 2014 Accounting for the Expanding Carbon Shadow from Coal-Burning Plants

Source: NY Times

Steven Davis of the University of California, Irvine, and Robert Socolow of Princeton have written “Commitment accounting of CO2 emissions,” a valuable new paper in Environmental Research Letters showing the value of shifting...

August 27, 2014 Fracking link to birth defects probed

Source: Sun Herald

NEW YORK — The first research into the effects of oil and gas development on babies born near wells has found potential health risks. Government officials, industry advocates and the researchers themselves say more studies are...

August 6, 2014 From the Daily: What the frack'

Michigan Daily - Since hydraulic fracturing â a complex procedure to extract natural gas from underground shale â began in Michigan about 50 years ago, approximately 12,000 wells have been fractured in the state....


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