Articles about Energy
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The US-Saudi War with OPEC to Prolong Oil's Dying Empire
Whoever controls the price of oil can play god with the global economy - that’s why the US and Saudi Arabia are leading the way to smash OPEC and re-create a new global oil cartel “No one can set the price of oil,” said Saudi oil minister Ali al-Naimi earlier this...
Groundbreaking Study Confirms: We Must Leave Fossil Fuels "In the Ground"
New research first of its kind to identify specific national reserves that must remain untapped A groundbreaking new study is confirming what green campaigners have long argued: in order to stave off climate disaster, the majority of fossil fuel deposits around the...
IPCC Climate Change Report In 18 Tweets
Leading climate scientist Piers Forster explains what the IPCC synthesis really means in a series of tweets. Can’t be bothered to read our #IPCC Synthesis report: here are the headlines in 18 tweets.. — Piers Forster (@piersforster) November 2, 2014 Our effect on...
Ending The Oil Age
Big Oil’s days are numbered – but the industry could still take us all down with it. From divestment to disruption, Jess Worth explores how the transition to an oil-free future is being hastened. In September 2014, the $860 million Rockefeller Foundation made an historic...
The Globola Crisis
Would people care more about climate change if we called it Globola?
100% Renewable Energy as Centerpiece of a Climate Action Plan
Climate Change is back on the political agenda. On 23rd of September, Heads of States are meeting in New York to pledge climate action. This is good news as it is about time. The rising economic, health-related, and environmental costs of burning fossil fuels, combined...
The Anthropocene: It's Not All About Us
We need to recognize we share the planet with millions of other life forms   Time to celebrate! Woo-hoo! It’s official: we humans have started a new geological epoch – the Anthropocene. Who’d have thought that just one species among millions might be capable of such an...
Peak Oil becomes an Issue Again after the IEA Revises its Predictions
Among the big energy stories of 2013, “peak oil” -- the once-popular notion that worldwide oil production would soon reach a maximum level and begin an irreversible decline -- was thoroughly discredited.  The explosive development of shale oil and other unconventional fuels...
Ukraine Crisis is about Great Power Oil & Gas Pipeline Rivalry
Resource scarcity and competition to dominate the Eurasian energy corridors are behind Russian militarism and US interference Russia's armed intervention in the Crimea undoubtedly illustrates President Putin's ruthless determination to get his way in 
Australia Could Achieve 100% Renewable Power by 2030
Australia could achieve nearly 100% renewable power within decades at the same cost as continuing to use fossil fuels, according to a new federal government study. Modelling from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) shows that sourcing 100%
Why the Peak Oilers are Still Right
The piece is excerpted from the new book Snake Oil: How Fracking’s False Promise of Plenty Imperils Our Future. In the past two or three years this debate has reached a significant turning point. Evidence that climate change is real and caused by human activity has...
If There Was One Problem I Wish America Had, It Would Be This
Due to Sweden’s innovative waste-to-energy program and highly efficient recycling habits, the Scandinavian nation faces an interesting dilemma.                                                              They have run out of trash. Sweden’s waste management and...
Why I'll Want to Drop Out of School if the Keystone XL Pipeline is Approved
I entered engineering school at Columbia University in September of last year intent on pursuing my interest in the development of alternative energy technology.  Throughout this past year, my classmates and I have been often reminded of how engineers are really public...
New Mexico County is First in the Nation to Ban all Drilling and Fracking
Mora County, N.M., has a message for the oil and gas industry: “You’re not welcome here.” County commissioners voted 2-1 on Monday to ban all oil and gas extraction in their drought-ravaged county near Santa Fe, home to fewer than 5,000 people. A temporary drilling...
Facebook Rejects Ad Highlighting Zuckerberg Group's Support For Keystone XL
When a subsidiary of Mark Zuckerberg’s new political group started airing ads for expanded oil drilling and the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, CREDO Action decided to post an ad of their own calling Zuckerberg out — on Facebook. This morning, Facebook rejected...
How Your pension is Being Used in a $6 Trillion Climate Gamble
Suppose you weren’t worried that we humans are destroying our water supply and eroding our ability to feed ourselves by burning coal and gas and oil and hence changing climate. Suppose you thought that was all liberal hooey. What might worry you about fossil fuels...
Building a Solar Economy: 4 Lessons from Hawaii
The solar era has begun: the industry is booming, prices are dropping, and solar energy at last seems poised to help topple the climate-altering dominance of fossil fuels. But bringing it to the masses won’t be as simple as just soaking up the sun. To gain a better...
A Month in the Life of Big Oil: 13 Oil Spills in 30 Days
Moving oil is a dirty business, and never has that been more clear than this past month. Since March 11, the global oil industry has had 13 spills on three continents. In North and South America alone, they’ve spilled more than a million gallons of oil and toxic chemicals –...
The Fossil Fuel Resistance: As the world burns, a new movement to reverse climate change is emerging
It got so hot in Australia in January that the weather service had to add two new colors to its charts. A few weeks later, at the other end of the planet, new data from the CryoSat-2 satellite showed 80 percent of Arctic sea ice has disappeared. We're not breaking records...
Think a Carbon Tax Would be a Tax on You? All the Biggest Myths Addressed in this FAQ
Editor's Note: Fossil fuel companies have spent millions of dollars to get you to believe that a tax on *them* would really be a tax on *you.* Their money has bought mouthpieces to propagate their myths in both mainstream and alternative, anti-establishment outlets. But don't...
The Kochs & the XL Pipeline: "I want my fair share, and that's ALL OF IT."
According to the transcript of the secretly recorded tape, Charles Koch was chuckling like a six-year old.  Koch was having a hell of a laugh over pilfering a few hundred dollars’ worth of oil from a couple of dirt-poor Indians on the Osage Reservation. Why did Koch...
Exxon, You Can't Silence Us: A Public Letter
In a brewing scandal that should shock and trouble all of us, Exxon silenced us this week. We put together a nationally crowdfunded PSA, promoted by thousands online who threw in a dollar or a click or both in favor of two simple ideas: we should be able to get the word...
The Right's War on Renewable Energy Could Doom Red States
Despite impressive green economic growth during this country’s job-challenged recovery, particularly in the wind energy sector, the conservative right is systematically seeking to reverse this trend by repealing state-mandated renewable energy targets, even if many of the...
Tarsands Showdown, Allies Converge to Protect the Sacred
Global warming is a threat to all of us regardless of our politics, religion, or culture. People from all walks of life are realizing this and converging to address this common threat and 350.org, Bill McKibben, along with The Sierra Club are leading the charge. "At 12...
University Uses Tesla Technology to Wirelessly Charge Electric Bus
Utah State University presented a first-of-its-kind electric bus that is charged through wireless charging technology in a demonstration Nov. 15. Image source: Utah State University
Device Uses Solar Energy to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel
Device Uses Solar Energy to Convert Carbon Dioxide into Fuel April 17, 2007 By Sherry Seethaler CO2 splitting semiconductor/catalyst device under construction (gallium phosphide wafer with metal contacts) Credit: Aaron Sathrum, UCSD Chemists at the University of California...
IEA acknowledges: Two-Thirds of Oil Must Stay in the Ground by 2050 to Avoid Climate Catastrophe
The International Energy Agency released its annual flagship publication yesterday, the World Energy Outlook. The IEA made an historic statement in the executive summary. It said, “No more than one-third of proven reserves of fossil fuels can be consumed prior to 2050 if...
Drawing a Line in the (Tar) Sand: Protests in Texas delay the Keystone pipeline while opposition to it grows
It was a dreary late- September morning in the East Texas woods outside of Winnsboro, chill and drizzly. Everything was wet or damp except for the spirits of four young people sitting in a tree stand. They were perched 30 feet above the path of the Keystone XL pipeline...
Scapegoat-in-Chief: The Race for the Oval Office
  The first two U.S. presidential debates have been painful to watch. Both candidates are running on platforms constructed from verbal hallucinations about the nation’s past, present, and future. And the American people are being asked to choose between those...
There Will Soon Be Oil and Gas Drilling in Up to 42 National Parks
Oil and gas drilling operations are already well underway in twelve national parks, and that number may soon balloon to 42 if the fossil fuel companies get their way. The progressive mainstay Center for American Progress recently requested data from the National Park Service...
A Timeline of Climate Change Denial and the Special Interests that Have Funded It
HistoryCommons.org has compiled an incredible historic resource that documents the rise and escalation of the climate denial industry over the last 15 years. Without editorializing the content, these articles summarize 178 headlines (often with multiple news article sources...
African Development Bank Approves $800 M for Morocco Wind & Solar Initiatives
Over the first half of 2012, the African Development Bank (AfDB) has been demonstrating its commitment to support the scaling up of renewable energy in Africa with the approval of US $800 million in loans to spur private investment in Morocco’s growing wind and solar...
Peak Oil F.A.Q.
Thanks and Disclaimer: This F.A.Q. is taken from "Life After The Oil Crash, compiled by Matt Savinar," which is no longer online. We are aware that the solutions of L.A.T.O.C. are more "self-sufficiency"oriented, rather than with building solidarity and community, which we...
Global Warming's Terrifying New Math
Three simple numbers that add up to global catastrophe - and that make clear who the real enemy is  If the pictures of those towering wildfires in Colorado haven't convinced you, or the size of your AC bill this summer, here are some hard numbers about climate change: June...
Where’s the Outrage Over Coal Boondogles?
While much has been made of the $535 million loan guarantee made to the failed Solyndra Corporation in 2009 to encourage alternative energy, you may have missed the court decision this week, halting expansion plans for a Kansas coal plant facing similar problems. The ruling...
FRACK! New documentary puts controversial gas "fracking" technology  under the spotlight
Frack! tells the story of the unconventional gas-drilling ("fracking") frenzy sweeping the Marcellus region, including the Catskills and Upper Delaware River watershed, threatening pristine areas which provide clean drinking water for over 15 million people.  Without a...
Bucky Fuller & his World Game: Intro to Saving Planets
I think now is a good time to be talking about Bucky’s vision of a World Game.  We have the technology to do this and a new administration could easily provide the funding.  I don’t think any of this material is Utopian or far out, but if you do, let me know why.  From...
Chart: Why $4-Per-Gallon Gas Is Damn Cheap
Inspired by Cord's thought-provoking post on the per gallon prices of various liquids, and by Sarah Palin's ill-informed Facebook rant on the "$4-Per-Gallon President," I decided to take a closer look at gasoline prices around the world. Mrs. Palin might be interested to...
Tokyo Electric to Build US Nuclear Plants - The no-BS info on Japan's disastrous nuclear operators
I need to speak to you, not as a reporter, but in my former capacity as lead investigator in several government nuclear plant fraud and racketeering investigations. I don't know the law in Japan, so I can't tell you if Tokyo Electric Power Co (TEPCO) can plead insanity to...
The Moral Calculus of Mega-Economics
March 14, 2011 (1400 hrs) - Watching scenes of the devastation is emotionally taxing. Bodies continue to be found everywhere. The body count in Miyagi Prefecture alone is now over 10,000. Whole towns completely wiped off the map. Even if people escaped with their lives, those...
Breaking: EPA Vetoes Largest Mountaintop Removal Permit: New Era of Civility in the Coalfields?
It's been a long time coming. Now it's final. Lisa Jackson and the EPA have gone to the mountaintop and announced their veto of the largest mountaintop removal mining permit in Appalachia. "This ushers in a new era of civility in the coalfields," said long-time coalfields...
Obama Admin Takes Aim at China’s Renewable-Energy Subsidies
Last week, in a move that pits American labor against China's green-technology industry, the Obama administration filed a complaint with the World Trade Organization over China's wind-power subsidies. The U.S. move challenges China's rapid growth in the renewable-energy...
8 Easy Projects for Instant Energy Savings
Reducing your home energy use is the best of win-win deals — not only does it reduce your carbon footprint, it also saves you big bucks on your energy bills. That’s especially exciting when you consider that many home energy improvements are fast, easy and inexpensive. Often...
International Energy Agency Reports Peak Oil Happened in 2006
The Beginning of a New Era  It can no longer be labeled a crackpot theory, a distant prediction, or a doomsday scenario.  It's official.  Peak Oil was reached in 2006.  This is the assessment of the International Energy Agency-- the intergovernmental organization that...