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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
Saudi Arabia's energy minister urged global oil producing nations on Sunday to extend their cooperation beyond 2018, but said this might mean a new form of deal rather than continuing the same supply cuts that have boosted prices...
January 19, 2018 Volume of fracking fluid pumped underground tied to Canada quakesSource: Science News
Fracking wells should not go to 11. Instead, turning down the volume — that is, of water pumped underground to help retrieve oil and gas — may reduce the number of earthquakes related to hydraulic fracturing.
Saudi Arabia is seeking investment of up to $7 billion of investment in the coming year to build about 4,000MW of renewable energy capacity, as part of its plan to supply 9,500MW, or 10% of its power demand, from renewable...
Research & Insights
January 17, 2018 Fracking is one of the least sustainable ways to produce electricity, says new studySource: Independent
When comparing environmental, economic and social sustainability, scientists find shale gas extraction ranks seventh out of nine different energy sources
November 6, 2017 Top 10 countries most attractive to renewable energySource: China Daily
China continues to be the world's most favorable market for renewable energy development and investment, according to a new study.
October 25, 2017 Americans want a tax on carbon pollution, but how to get one?Source: The Guardian
Americans are willing to pay a carbon tax that would increase their household energy bills by $15 per month, or about 15%, on average.
Commentary & Opinion
December 19, 2017 The Guardian view on Theresa May and Brexit: time to get off her fantasy island EditorialSource: The Guardian
The prime minister’s weakness and Conservative divisions mean she can only control her party by concealing basic truths about the Brexit process
November 20, 2017 Bloomberg View: Germany needs to stop burning so much coalSource: Watertown Daily Times
By 2020, according to an analysis by Bloomberg New Energy Finance, this should triple the price of carbon to 24 euros a ton — high enough to push all European countries away from coal. If Merkel acts on the proposal to...
November 18, 2017 Tesla is 'going out of business,' says former GM exec Bob LutzSource: CNBC
Tesla is a "losing enterprise" that won't last, Bob Lutz, former vice chairman of General Motors, told CNBC on Friday. "There is no secret sauce in Tesla. They use the same lithium-ion batteries as everybody else," he said. He...
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