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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 13, 2018 VW claims it can produce 50 million electric cars, vows to have ‘much lower’ prices than TeslaSource: Electrek
Now, CEO Herbert Diess makes one of the biggest electrification claims for the company yet: that they can produce 50 million electric cars and will have “much lower” prices than Tesla.
November 13, 2018 Saudi Arabia's energy minister says there are no plans to abolish OPECSource: CNBC
Saudi Arabia is not preparing for a break-up of OPEC, Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said Monday, adding the group will continue as the global central bank for oil markets for a long time.
November 13, 2018 Despite Climate Pledges, Global Energy Emissions on the RiseSource: US News
Despite dire warnings from climate scientists and an especially alarming report by the United Nations' main climate panel last month, countries are no closer to reducing their heat-trapping carbon emissions than they were in 2017...
Research & Insights
October 25, 2018 Air pollution is to blame for 'up to 33million asthma-related A&E visits' around the world as fumes from cars and factories worsen the common lung conditionSource: Daily Mail
Pollutants such as ozone and fine particulate matter entering people's lungs are causing breathing difficulties and sending asthmatics to hospital, researchers say.
September 20, 2018 31 Percent Of U.S. Households Have Trouble Paying Energy BillsSource: NPR
Nearly a third of households in the United States have struggled to pay their energy bills, the Energy Information Administration said in a report released Wednesday. The differences were minor in terms of geography, but...
September 12, 2018 More than half PA gas wells used ‘secret’ chemicals for fracking or drilling, report saysSource: State Impact
Energy companies in Pennsylvania declined to identify potentially harmful chemicals used for drilling and fracking for natural gas in more than half the wells developed between 2013 and 2017, according to a report released on...
Commentary & Opinion
October 26, 2018 The Anti-Fracking Initiative In Colorado Is Bad PolicySource: Forbes
Opposition to fracking is a mix of bad science (like opposition to vaccinations) and prejudice (hatred of fossil fuels, modern technology, etc.) and seeks a rationale that appears logical rather than emotional. Thus, despite the...
October 25, 2018 Volkswagen and the moral business behaviour lessonsSource: Financial Times
When it was revealed in 2015 that Volkswagen had used software to make the emissions of its diesel cars perform better under formal testing than they actually did on the road, many experts agreed this could not have been done by...
October 23, 2018 No Energy Policy, No Problem For U.S. Oil ProducersSource: Forbes
But even without top-down direction, America currently has a better, most sensible approach to energy development than any other country in the world, both for the short- and long-term.
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