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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 17, 2019 New U.S. Oil And Gas Drilling To Unleash 1,000 Coal Plants’ Worth Of Pollution By 2050Source: Huff Post
Amid mounting calls to phase out fossil fuels in the face of rapidly worsening climate change, the United States is ramping up oil and gas drilling faster than any other country, threatening to add 1,000 coal plants’ worth of...
January 15, 2019 Volkswagen, Ford to announce automotive allianceSource: Reuters
DETROIT - Volkswagen AG (VOWG_p.DE) and Ford Motor Co (F.N) are expected to unveil an alliance on Tuesday that combines forces on commercial vehicles and is likely to expand into joint development of electric and self-driving...
January 14, 2019 PG&E May Give Bankruptcy Notices to Staff on MondaySource: Bloomberg/Yahoo
PG&E Corp., the California utility giant facing billions of dollars in wildfire liabilities, may notify employees as soon as Monday that it’s preparing a potential bankruptcy filing, according to people familiar with the...
Research & Insights
January 9, 2019 U.S. Carbon Emissions Surged in 2018 Even as Coal Plants ClosedSource: NY Times
WASHINGTON — America’s carbon dioxide emissions rose by 3.4 percent in 2018, the biggest increase in eight years, according to a preliminary estimate published Tuesday.
January 4, 2019 10 Charts That Tell the Story of Energy in 2018Source: Forbes
From the impacts of climate change and the human costs of air pollution to the effects of fuel economy regulations, some of the most crucial topics in energy this year can best be illustrated through data presented in...
January 4, 2019 Electric Vehicle Sales Up 130% In 2018, 210% In Q4 2018 — US Electric Car Sales ReportSource: Clean Technica
The big electric vehicles sales stories these days are generally about the Tesla Model 3 walloping the competition. Nonetheless, we like to go back to our roots and explore overall electric vehicle growth at least once a quarter....
Commentary & Opinion
January 2, 2019 Opinion: Fracking hub could harm our waterSource: Cincinnatti.com
This November, while most of us were focused on election results, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a report to Congress on "the feasibility of establishing an ethane storage and distribution hub in the United...
December 12, 2018 Wind and solar clash with energy realitySource: The Hill
Not only are renewable portfolio standards expensive and a burden on consumers, new research from the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) shows they don’t always work in reducing carbon emissions.
November 27, 2018 Why Climate Change Will Burn Energy Production, Water Supplies And The Trump PresidencySource: Forbes
“Extreme weather events and water shortages are already interrupting the energy supply, and impacts are expected to increase in the future,” the US National Climate Assessment says. “Much of America’s energy infrastructure is...
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