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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 19, 2014 Shale oil 'dividend' could pay for smaller carbon footprint

Source: PHYS.com

Unanticipated economic benefits from the shale oil and gas boom could help offset the costs of substantially reducing the U.S.'s carbon footprint, Purdue agricultural economists say

August 19, 2014 UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking

Source: The Guardian

The vision of an energy-independent Britain, free of the clear and growing problems of overseas fuel dependency, is deeply alluring. That is one of the reasons I set up a solar energy company 15 years ago. Today, Putin's Russia,...

August 19, 2014 Will Security Problems Hamper Mexico's Energy Boom?

Source: Forbes

Mexico has attracted attention for passing secondary laws that will end its state oil monopoly and open the country’s borders to new types of foreign investment. As Juan Montes explained in a recent article, “Under the new law,...

Research & Insights

August 19, 2014 UK energy dependence – five hidden costs expose truth about fracking

Source: The Guardian

The vision of an energy-independent Britain, free of the clear and growing problems of overseas fuel dependency, is deeply alluring. That is one of the reasons I set up a solar energy company 15 years ago. Today, Putin's Russia,...

August 19, 2014 Fracking could threaten air quality, workers’ health, latest report says

Source: Washington Post

Maryland’s latest report on the impact of proposed natural gas exploration in the western part of the state said drilling could pose a threat to air quality and workers in a region that is ecologically pristine.

July 30, 2014 Solar Activity - Not CO2 - Could Cause Global Warming, New Paper Says

Source: Breitbart.com

The impact of carbon dioxide on climate change may have been overstated, with solar activity giving a better explanation of changes in the Earth's temperature, according to Chinese scientists.

Commentary & Opinion

August 6, 2014 From the Daily: What the frack'

Michigan Daily - Since hydraulic fracturing â a complex procedure to extract natural gas from underground shale â began in Michigan about 50 years ago, approximately 12,000 wells have been fractured in the state....

August 5, 2014 Me to the EPA: Increase Renewables, Limit Carbon, and Protect Coal Miners

Union of Concerned Scientists - My prepared remarks are below. Testimony of Dr. Jeremy Richardson at EPAâs Public Hearing on Carbon Pollution Standards for Existing Power Plants, on behalf of the îUnion of Concerned...

August 5, 2014 Our Weird Energy Politics

Source: National Review

What is it about the weather that compels our government to ineptly dictate how we produce electricity and consume energy? This a worthwhile question to ask on August 4, the anniversary of the day in 1977 that President James...


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