Energy

Solar powered...jewelry?
December 14, 2007 08:30 AM - Paul Smith , Triple Pundit

As a child, did you ever use a magnifying glass to barbeque ants? Sizzle flies? Burn leaves? Don't worry, we won't tell. Someone who may fall into this category has found an ingenious way to harness the sun's power to make jewelry. No, not using the latest thin-film solar innovation. No, they've what appears to be a giant magnifying glass, capable of melting glass into a pliable state, suitable for making quite lovely jewelry. You can see the process here and the resulting jewelry here.

Japan Plans Tax Benefits on Green Auto Fuels
December 14, 2007 04:00 AM - Reuters

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan plans to reduce the tax on prices of "green" auto fuels and make free of duty imports of the plant-origin gasoline additive ETBE, both effective from April, to meet Tokyo's commitments to make more use of such fuels.

The tax exemption by 3 percent for the five years to March, 2013, and duty free on imports of ethyl tertiary butyl ether (ETBE) for one year would initially help the oil industry, a Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry official in charge of the fuel policy said on Friday.

The Largest Solar Electric System in New England
December 13, 2007 09:30 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

DAYVILLE, Conn. - Furthering its commitment to Environmentally Responsible Initiatives, United Natural Foods, Inc. (NASDAQ:UNFI) along with Solar Works, Inc. and the Connecticut Clean Energy Fund (CCEF), today held a dedication ceremony for the installation of the largest solar electric system in New England. The 550-kilowatt STC solar photovoltaic system from SCHOTT Solar, installed at the Company's state-of- the-art distribution facility in Dayville, CT, is expected to generate approximately 600,000 kilowatt hours of clean energy annually, enough to power more than 67 average New England homes for one year. The system output will avoid over 14 million pounds (over 6,350 metric tons) of carbon dioxide over the 25-year life of the system.

 

Big Oil's Negative Drumbeat Falling on Deaf Ears
December 13, 2007 08:53 PM - Paul Schaefer, ENN

OMAHA, Neb. - Despite reports of a well-publicized and well-funded anti-ethanol misinformation campaign, an overwhelming majority of consumers still believe the U.S. is too dependent on foreign sources of oil.

A national survey released today, commissioned by the Ethanol Promotion and Information Council (EPIC), finds that nearly a third of respondents indicated that their attitude toward ethanol has become more favorable over the last six months; 62 percent reported their opinions stayed the same.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Senate oks energy bill to cut vehicle fuel use
December 13, 2007 08:09 PM - By Tom Doggett, Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Senate late on Thursday approved a broad energy bill to increase the fuel efficiency of U.S. cars and trucks by Congress for the first time since 1975 and significantly boost production of renewable motor fuels like ethanol.

Coal likely to boost U.S. 2007 carbon emissions
December 13, 2007 05:58 PM - Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. emissions of the main greenhouse gas carbon dioxide will likely rise this year as power plants turn to cheap and plentiful coal, which could add pressure on the government to regulate the gases scientists blame for global warming.

California scientists create new standard for cleaner transportation fuels
December 13, 2007 04:32 PM - University of California Newswire

Davis, California - University of California experts today released their much-anticipated blueprint for fighting global warming by reducing the amount of carbon emitted when transportation fuels are used in California.  This "Low Carbon Fuel Standard," designed to stimulate improvements in transportation-fuel technologies, is expected to become the foundation for similar initiatives in other states, as well as nationally and internationally.

The end of Bretton Woods?
December 13, 2007 12:12 PM - Pablo Paster, Triple Pundit

The mainstream media doesn't seem to understand the potential magnitude of changes currently underway in the sensitive international monetary balance. On December 8th Iran decided to no longer accept the US dollar in exchange for its oil.

Bob Geldof calls for more nuclear power
December 13, 2007 09:07 AM - Reuters

The Irish former rock star, known for his campaigning on poverty relief in Africa, was writing on a blog set up by carmaker Lexus to promote hybrid road vehicles.

California greenhouse gas law may stand: judge
December 12, 2007 03:25 PM - Reuters

A spokesman for the auto industry, which had argued that California's law is unconstitutional, said an appeal is uncertain. "We're still reviewing the decision and a decision on whether or not to appeal hasn't been made yet," said Charles Territo, a spokesman for the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers.

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