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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
November 26, 2014 Saudis signal no push for oil cut as market to "stabilise itself"Source: Reuters
OPEC leader Saudi Arabia signalled on Wednesday it was unlikely to push for a major change in oil output at the producer group's meeting this week, a day after Russia refused to cooperate in any production cut.
November 26, 2014 7 outrageous energy sources of the futureSource: CNBC
The latest report from the United Nations îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeî (IPCC) released in November did not paint a particularly rosy picture. The global scientific community's loudest appeal yet for...
November 26, 2014 Oil Boom Triggering Cowboy Shortage Across CanadaSource: Bloomberg
There’s been a lot of attention paid to how Canada’s oil boom has helped make gasoline cheaper. What many people may not realize is that the boom is also driving up the prices they pay for burgers and steaks
Research & Insights
November 21, 2014 Report: America could power itself 100 times over with solar energySource: Washington Post
It is widely known that among all the sources of alternative energy, the one with the greatest potential is solar. How could it be otherwise? Staggering amounts of solar radiation strike the Earth each day; the only trick is...
November 10, 2014 Just 90 companies caused two-thirds of man-made global warming emissionsSource: The Guardian (UK)
"This study is a crucial step forward in our understanding of the evolution of the climate crisis. The public and private sectors alike must do what is necessary to stop global warming," Gore told the Guardian. "Those who are...
Source: Business Green
The UK's coal power stations could operate into the 2030s and risk breaching mandatory emissions reduction targets unless the government acts, a report has found.
Commentary & Opinion
November 25, 2014 Why Are Oil Prices Dropping?Source: Forbes
With the price of oil down 28 percent in recent months, financial analysts and political pundits are all asking the same questions: What are the reasons behind this drop and why isn’t OPEC taking steps to stop the bleeding?
November 24, 2014 Oil woes for VenezuelaSource: Miami Herald
Falling gas prices around the world, now at a four-year low, could result in the lifting of government subsidies on gasoline inside Venezuela, which has been a big savings for its citizens. The combination of the end of the...
November 17, 2014 Editorial: Pipeline undermines climate objectives
The Pitt News - At the summit, President Obama conveyed urgency to other nations regarding climate change â this came in the wake of the îIntergovernmental Panel on Climate Changeîâs (IPCC) report that...
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