Coal Is No Longer On Front Burner
January 21, 2008 09:13 AM - , Organic Consumers Association

America's headlong rush to tap its enormous coal reserves for electricity has slowed abruptly, with more than 50 proposed coal-fired power plants in 20 states canceled or delayed in 2007 because of concerns about climate change, construction costs and transportation problems. Coal, touted as cheap and plentiful, has been a cornerstone of President Bush's plans to meet America's energy needs with dozens of new power plants. Burned in about 600 facilities, coal produces more than half of the nation's electricity.

Abu Dhabi to invest $15 billion in green energy
January 21, 2008 08:38 AM - Reuters

Gulf Arab oil exporter Abu Dhabi plans to spend $15 billion in the first phase of an initiative to develop green energy and build the world's largest hydrogen power plant, it said on Monday. The investment would be part of the Masdar initiative, set up to develop sustainable and clean energy, Abu Dhabi's Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahayan told the World Future Energy Summit in the emirate. He gave no time frame.

Nearly half of all Swedes back new nuclear power: poll
January 21, 2008 08:15 AM - Reuters

Nearly half of all Swedes back building new nuclear reactors in their country, which voted to scrap atomic power in a 1980 referendum, an opinion poll published on Monday showed. An opinion poll conducted for the Dagens Nyheter daily by Synovate showed that 48 percent of Swedes back building new nuclear power stations, while 39 percent are against.

Greenhouse gases at new peak in sign of Asia growth
January 20, 2008 05:54 AM - Reuters

TROLL STATION, Antarctica (Reuters) - Atmospheric levels of the main greenhouse gas have set another new peak in a sign of the industrial rise of Asian economies led by China, a senior scientist said on Saturday. "The levels already in January are higher than last year," said Kim Holmen, research director of the Norwegian Polar Institute, during a visit to the Troll scientific research station in Antarctica by Norway's Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg.

Tajiks see new plant as way out of energy crisis
January 20, 2008 04:11 AM - Reuters

SANGTUDA, Tajikistan (Reuters) - Tajikistan, its utilities paralyzed by the coldest winter in decades, on Sunday opened a new Russian-built power plant hailed by the authorities as a step towards solving an energy crisis.

Natgas a vital bridge for energy needs: gas group
January 18, 2008 03:43 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Natural gas remains the United States' only viable fuel source to help bridge a 15-year gap for the nation to transition from dirty fossil fuels to cleaner alternatives, an industry trade group said. According to American Gas Association chairman David McClanahan, natural gas, with its "small carbon footprint" will be the key fuel until new nuclear power, renewables and liquefied natural gas can also meet America's growing energy needs.

Gushing British gas to be harnessed for clean power
January 18, 2008 01:26 PM - Reuters

The geopressure technology's main backer in Britain, 2oc, is working with network operator National Grid to generate up to a gigawatt of power in this way by 2010, equivalent to the output of a large nuclear power station.

Pressure builds in Taiwan to reconsider nuclear power
January 18, 2008 09:27 AM - Reuters

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Following a resounding victory for Taiwan's pro-nuclear opposition party, record oil prices and concerns over a possible power deficit, Taipei is reopening the debate over potential expansion of its nuclear capacity. The victory by the Nationalist Party (KMT) in recent parliamentary elections, in which it won 72 percent of the seats, has strengthened its bid to recapture the presidency in the March 22 poll and with it the power to determine energy policy.

Focus the Nation, Focus on Coal
January 17, 2008 09:30 AM - , Private Landowner Network

It’s safe to say that most Americans aren’t up to speed on global warming. They may be aware of the problem and some - a relative few - may even be taking steps to help out, to cut their carbon footprint. But most are doing nothing, nada, zip. Some politicians, state and federal, are speaking out of course and making some headway legislatively. Many companies, too, are doing at least something such as cutting their own emissions, investing in green technologies and offering products that promise lower emissions. Overall, the green energy industry is growing.

World oil demand to peak before supply: BP
January 17, 2008 05:49 AM - Reuters

World oil production may peak in the coming years, but it will be because of a decline in demand for petroleum rather than constraint on supply, a BP economist said on Wednesday. The comments come in the wake of remarks from other industry officials who in recent months have questioned mainstream supply forecasts, suggesting a peak in output may be closer than the industry has previously admitted.

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