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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
January 28, 2015 What’s Behind U.S. Plan to Open Atlantic to Offshore Drilling?Source: National Geographic
The Atlantic coast of the United States could be opened up to oil and natural gas drilling for the first time, under a proposal the Obama administration announced Tuesday, although there's uncertainty about just how much energy...
Source: Washington Post
Oil is cheap, the dollar is strong, Americans are happy — and the business world is peeved. Stocks plummeted Tuesday amid a blizzard of big-name disappointments from stalwarts like Microsoft, Procter & Gamble and Caterpillar,...
January 26, 2015 U.K. Lawmakers Urge Fracking Delay on Water, Climate RiskSource: Bloomberg
A moratorium on fracking is needed to prevent the U.K. from missing its carbon targets and allow time to stiffen regulations for the industry, Parliament’s cross-party Environmental Audit Committee said in a report Monday. It...
Research & Insights
January 28, 2015 Yes, we can live well and avoid climate disaster, says UK governmentSource: The Guardian
We can fly, drive and prosper while avoiding dangerous global warming – but only if billions remain in poverty and huge changes are made in areas such as energy and agriculture, new analysis from Decc’s Global Calculator shows
January 23, 2015 OPEC Will Blink in Battle With U.S. Shale Drillers, Poll ShowsSource: Bloomberg
U.S. shale drillers won’t scale back output quickly enough for OPEC to avoid production cuts this year, according to a quarterly poll of Bloomberg subscribers
January 22, 2015 The Fracking Fracas over EarthquakesSource: National Review Online
Despite the sensationalistic headlines and opinion pieces, fracking can trigger earthquakes only in very rare, very specific conditions, say the authors of the highly publicized study in this month’s Bulletin of the Seismological...
Commentary & Opinion
January 28, 2015 Why Obama's Drilling Plan Ignores America's Changing Energy RoleSource: Forbes
A few years ago, President Obama outlined an “all-the-above” energy strategy. These days, his strategy seems to be “do no harm.” The plan outlined today, which would open parts of the eastern seaboard to offshore drilling while...
January 27, 2015 How Fracking Contributes To Oil Glut, Cheap Fuel For You And MeSource: Forbes
For the average consumer, the plummeting price of oil is very good news. Renting cars of varying shapes and sizes on visits to the U.S., I think about the price for a tank of gas almost as much as the cops lying in wait for...
Source: Huff Post
The numbers are in. 2014 was the hottest year on Earth ever recorded (records go back to 1888). December finished it off as the hottest month ever. 6 of the months last year, in fact, hold that record. The last time a 'coldest...
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