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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
August 30, 2016 Changing the Way We Consume Energy Would Save the World’Source: San Francisco Magazine
Worldwide, adoption of solar power is growing faster than ever. But Wall Street seems pretty pessimistic about the prospects of companies like yours. One of your biggest competitors, Sun-Edison, declared bankruptcy in April....
August 29, 2016 Are biofuels worse for the planet than gasoline?Source: CS Monitor
Corn ethanol and biodiesel biofuels may be more environmentally damaging than petroleum gasoline, according to a new study from the University of Michigan Energy Institute (UMEI),
Source: The Guardian
By returning 100% of the taxed revenue to American households, the policy blunts the rising costs of energy produced by burning fossil fuels. In fact, studies project that a majority of Americans would receive a rebate larger...
Research & Insights
August 17, 2016 Study: Renewable energy still needs natural gas back-upSource: Electric, Light & Power
A recent study from a prestigious economic research organization concludes what many energy industry officials have long said: Expansion of intermittent wind and solar power stills need backup from electricity generated by...
August 17, 2016 Here’s Who’s Buying Up U.S. OilSource: Bloomberg
The U.S. Congress and President Barack Obama agreed in December to end the trade restrictions, which were established after OPEC oil embargoes that crippled U.S. supplies in the 1970s.
Source: Think Progress
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Commentary & Opinion
August 29, 2016 The Dakota Access Pipeline and ‘the Law of Christendom’Source: Indian Nation
Approval of the colonizing Dakota Access Pipeline project by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the resulting conflict with the Standing Rock Sioux Nation has a historical context. Read more at...
August 8, 2016 Crude Oil Approached The Moment Of TruthSource: Seeking Alpha
I have been writing that oil product prices have been telling us that the path of least resistance for crude oil prices has been lower. Last week, crude oil cracked the $40 per barrel level as it heads towards its support at...
June 27, 2016 Another Step Backward for Nuclear and the EnvironmentSource: Geoffrey Styles, Energy Outlook
I don't normally do breaking news, but today's announcement by PG&E and a coalition of environmental groups on retiring the Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant in California within 8-9 years merits immediate comment.
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