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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 5, 2016 California natural gas leak could be capped next week, official saysSource: The Guardian
A California official outlined a plan Thursday to cap the massive Los Angeles-area gas leak by the end of next week.
February 5, 2016 Good News: China's Dropping Coal Consumption Is Putting the Brakes on Global Carbon Emissions
The Energy Collective - And according to Sophie Lu of Bloomberg New Energy Finance, "as electricity demand continues to slow, clean energy may be used more to replace dirtier capacity." But one thing seems clear: China is turning...
Source: Washington Post
President Obama is proposing a $10-a-barrel oil tax, phased in over five years, to pay for a variety of transportation initiatives, including new rail corridors, highway projects, pilot projects for self-driving cars and other...
Research & Insights
February 3, 2016 British opposition to fracking still outstrips support, survey findsSource: The Guardian
Loss or destruction of the natural environment is most common concern for people opposed to hydraulic fracturing, long-running government poll finds
February 1, 2016 Lung Cancer Most Common Cancer In China: Air Pollution Taking Its Toll With Estimates Of 7,500 Deaths Per DaySource: Medical Daily
How do we understand China, home to one-fifth of the world’s population, a nation in which conditions and complexities remain half-hidden from our Western gaze? A new report illuminates one aspect of this country’s current...
EurActiv.com - EurActiv France reports. "Three quarters of French methane emissions come from agriculture," said Jean Jouzel, the vice-president of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). "But in spite of this,...
Commentary & Opinion
February 5, 2016 Has the U.S. Really Reached an Epic Turning Point in Energy?Source: National Geographic
As the new UN climate accord pushes countries to cut carbon emissions, the United States is making progress, But will it continue, and will it be enough?
February 3, 2016 Have Oil Companies Finally Had a Climate Epiphany?Source: CNS News
As world leaders gathered in Paris in December for the United Nations climate summit, many seemed surprised that several large oil companies, including BP and Shell, endorsed a carbon tax as a “key element” of any international...
February 2, 2016 Morgan Stanley: This Is What a World Without Oil Looks LikeSource: Bloomberg Business
"Oil’s role in driving hour-by-hour market moves is overstated. But its place in the broader macro debate remains central," write the analysts. "Energy companies are no longer leading equity or credit indices higher or lower. In...
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