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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
While watching the turmoil in Ukraine unfold, you may feel as though it has little to do with the United States, but the conflict is stirring a contentious debate in Europe over a topic familiar to many Americans: fracking. Much...
Water World - WASHINGTON, DC, March 6, 2014 -- On Wednesday, March 5, the Department of Justice and Environmental Protection Agency (îEPAî) announced that Alpha Natural Resources, Inc. (Alpha), one of the nation's...
March 7, 2014 U.S. Hopes Boom in Natural Gas Can Curb PutinSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — The crisis in Crimea is heralding the rise of a new era of American energy diplomacy, as the Obama administration tries to deploy the vast new supply of natural gas in the United States as a weapon to undercut the...
Research & Insights
March 5, 2014 Report: Fracking likely to exacerbate water shortages
Boulder Weekly - Itâs a bad combination, according to a recent report issued by îCeresî, a nonprofit devoted to promoting corporate responsibility and îsustainabilityî leadership. The report,...
Source: PBS NewsHour
As shale and natural gas fracking booms in South Texas, a new report raises unsettling concerns about possible related health risks and poor air quality. The Center for Public Integrity collaborated with others in examining...
February 6, 2014 Report: Fracking raising water supply worriesSource: USA Today
The USA's domestic energy boom is increasing demands on water supplies already under pressure from drought and growing populations, a new report says. The water-intensive process used to extract oil and gas from shale underground...
Commentary & Opinion
February 24, 2014 BLOOMBERG VIEW: Fracking doesn't have to leave us parchedSource: Sun Herald
Among the environmental worries posed by hydraulic fracturing, including the release of methane into the air and contamination of groundwater, one has recently escalated: the concern that the enormous quantities of water used in...
February 20, 2014 How a CEO Reacts When Robert Redford Pegs Him a VillainSource: Bloomberg
So there is Russ Girling, TransCanada Corp.’s chief executive officer, tubing giddily through a meandering oil pipeline, crude oil streaking his face, cackling about how a “little old-fashioned lying” got a gullible American...
Did President Obama just finally come out as pro-nuke? I’m not referring to the President’s State of the Union Address last month. In that speech, the President made no mention of how nuclear energy production actually fits into...
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