McCain and Obama: Green Energy on Their Side
June 10, 2008 10:37 AM - , Private Landowner Network

Whether it’s John McCain or Barack Obama who moves into the Oval Office next January he’ll have have a deskfull of problems to cope with: the biggest foreign policy blunder in the nation’s history, a lackluster economy, and what appears to be a peaking of the world’s oil supply.

UK to give waterless washing machine a spin
June 10, 2008 09:23 AM - Reuters

A washing machine using as little as a cup of water for each washing cycle could go on sale to environmentally conscious Britons next year. Xeros Ltd, which has been spun out of the University of Leeds to commercialize the technology, said on Monday the new machines would use less than 2 percent of the water and energy of a conventional washing machine.

Green Building: It's not pretty, but it runs clean

Anyone who thinks all green buildings are shimmering towers of glass and steel can be forgiven for that mistake. Landmarks for the movement, after all, are soaring temples of natural daylight and engineering wizardry. But experts say most U.S. commercial buildings can be turned green without spending tons of money, bringing in construction cranes or making any change that can be seen from the street.

How coal got a dirty name
June 9, 2008 09:34 AM - Chicago Tribune

When developers raised the idea of building a new coal-fired power plant in Will County five years ago, the Midwest was leading a resurgence of interest in the dirty-but-plentiful fossil fuel. But growing concerns about global warming, lingering problems with noxious air pollution and skyrocketing construction costs are slowing the nation's coal rush to a crawl.

To Cope with Oil Shock, Emulate Japan
June 9, 2008 08:58 AM - Dilip Hiro, Global Policy Innovations Program

With the price of oil rocketing to the unprecedented level of $130 a barrel, there is a talk of another oil shock. Unfortunately, unlike past instances, this one is unlikely to subside, and may indeed keep intensifying. The only way out is for Western nations, the gluttonous users of petroleum, to cut their consumption and emulate Japan in its consistent drive for energy efficiency and alternate sources. The present explosion in oil prices is the fourth of its kind, but different from the previous ones in 1973–74, 1980, and 1990–91.

Energy ministers split on subsidies as oil surges
June 7, 2008 12:25 PM - Reuters

Energy officials from five top consumer nations urged producers to step up investment on Saturday, a day after crude's biggest surge ever, but they offered no new ideas on how to deal with record prices and remained divided on fuel subsidies. Japan, the United States, China, India and South Korea -- who together guzzle nearly half the world's oil -- said that they had agreed on the need for greater transparency in energy markets and more investment by consumers and producers both, while stopping short of calling on OPEC to pump more crude today.

Carbon-capping climate Senate bill dies
June 6, 2008 10:01 AM - Reuters

U.S. legislation that would have set up a cap-and-trade system to limit climate-warming carbon emissions died on Friday after a procedural vote in the Senate. The bill, which had bipartisan support but not enough to overcome opposition, aimed to cut total U.S. global warming emissions by 66 percent by 2050. Opponents said it would cost jobs and raise fuel prices in an already pinched American economy.

Brazil Clashes With the World on Biofuels and the Global Food Crisis
June 6, 2008 09:36 AM - , Triple Pundit

At the UN Food and Agriculture Food Organization (FAO) summit that concluded today in Rome, Brazilian President Lula da Silva said the US is full of bad cholesterol. Defending his nation’s ethanol production against arguments that biofuels are causing deforestation and worsening the global food crisis, Lula said that the real problems are agro-subsidies and food crop-based biofuels. He compared ethanol to cholesterol in a speech last night to the FAO Committee, saying, “There is good ethanol and bad ethanol. Good ethanol helps clean up the planet and is competitive. Bad ethanol comes with the fat of subsidies.”

Concentrated solar power has a bright future

Concentrated solar power (CSP) has better prospects than wind when it comes to renewable energy investment, according to a leading investor in the sector. CSP involves using mirrors to focus the heat from the sun onto water-filled tubes, turning the water into steam that drives turbines. The technology is easily combined with a gas or biomass-fired plant to provide electricity day and night. So far, CSP is only responsible for around 400MW of electricity generating capacity worldwide, but this is rising fast.

DOE Taps Manufacturers to Advance Wind Power

The Dept. of Energy joined forces with six major wind turbine makers this week in a bid to grow wind energy production high enough to account for a fifth of total generation by 2030. The DOE and GE, Vestas, Siemens Power Generation, Clipper Turbine Works, Suzlon Energy and Gamesa Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding to advance wind energy manufacturing and address issues such as turbine reliability and standards, site strategies and workforce development.

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