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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
February 27, 2015 Oil rebounds, with Brent set for biggest monthly gain since 2009Source: MarketWatch
Crude-oil futures rebounded Friday, with Brent crude set for its biggest monthly gain in nearly six years, ahead of U.S. rig-count data due later in the trading day, and Chinese official manufacturing numbers expected over the...
February 27, 2015 A lot of fracking questions in KentuckySource: State-Journal
While landowners pleaded to senators for a moratorium on fracking during a bill hearing to update regulations on oil and gas production, some later felt silenced at a permit hearing, which could allow the first deep-well...
Source: MIT Technology Review
Five years ago the American Innovation Council, a group of six prominent business leaders including Bill Gates and GE’s CEO Jeffrey Immelt, published a “business plan for America’s energy future,” which included recommended...
Research & Insights
February 16, 2015 Tiny Quakes Linked to Fracking Raise Risks, Geophysicist SaysSource: NBC News
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Small earthquakes shaking Oklahoma and southern Kansas daily and linked to energy drilling are dramatically increasing the chance of bigger and dangerous quakes, federal research indicates
February 12, 2015 Goldman: Here's Why Oil Crashed—and Why Lower Prices Are Here to StaySource: Bloomberg
Goldman Sachs released an intriguing analysis on Wednesday that shows what many already suspected: The big culprit in the oil crash has been an abundance of oil flooding the market. A massive supply shock in the second half of...
February 11, 2015 Wind farm study finds 'no direct evidence' they affect healthSource: The Guardian
There is “no direct evidence” that windfarms affect health in humans, a report by the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has found. However the chairman of the NHMRC wind farms and health reference group, the...
Commentary & Opinion
February 25, 2015 Keystone Solution Runs Through CanadaSource: Michael Bloomberg
The Keystone XL pipeline has become a perfect symbol of Washington’s dysfunction. Democrats exaggerate its environmental impact while Republicans exaggerate its economic benefits. In the debate, each side talks past the other,...
February 23, 2015 How Fracking Saved America's Economy While Helping The EnvironmentSource: Seeking Alpha
A combination of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracking has opened up oil and gas production from shale formations. Since the widespread adoption of fracking, American crude production (NYSEARCA:USO) has soared from just over
February 18, 2015 Petroleum: A magnificent but much maligned resource
commdiginews.com - Last year, the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî of the United Nations called for the world to move to ânear zero emissionsâ of carbon dioxide by the year 2100. President Obama...
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