DoD finds huge solar potential on DoD... →
Go figure! The Department of Defense (DoD) could generate 7,000 megawatts (MW) of solar energy—equivalent to the output of seven nuclear power plants—on four military bases located in the California desert, according to a study released today by DoD’s Office of Installations and Environment. The year-long study, conducted by the consultancy ICF International, looked at seven military bases...
Guardian: China's renewables surge dampened by... →
Datong, China: A street lamp is seen in front of the Datong second coal-fired power plant at night. Photograph: Jason Lee/Reuters China tripled its solar energy generating capacity last year and notched up major increases in wind and hydropower, government figures showed this week, but officials are still struggling to cap the growth in coal burning, which is the biggest source of carbon...
At WFES2012, China's Wen Jaibao speaks of... →
File this under “looking to take a leadership role”. Where is the USA in this discussion? Apparently, not at the WFES. “To reduce the problems and inequality brought by the energy and resources issues, countries in the world should take further action and exert more effort,” Wen said in a keynote speech Monday at the opening of the Fifth World Future Energy Summit in...
2012 U.S. Energy Sector Overview (CIT) →
Wow, excellent, one of the more even handed and level headed analyses I’ve seen. Q: What are some of the trends you expect to see in 2012? A: It is always difficult, if not dangerous, to try and predict trends. What we try to do is analyze the recent business activity we experienced in 2011 and extrapolate what has momentum to carry through in 2012. For the gas industry we know the ...
The latest of the Keystone XL saga...
The US State Department recommends blowing off the 60 day deadline requested by congress, and Obama agrees with it. Barack Obama’s press release and a reaction from a labor union. Curiously, the transcanada website offers different takes on the actual number of jobs created. Statement by the President on the Keystone XL Pipeline | The White House Earlier today, I received the Secretary...
A shale gas revolution? MIT report shows... →
MIT report hints at the battle between Shale’s short term usefulness vs the long term issues of fueling growing global energy demand. “People speak of [natural] gas as a bridge to the future, but there had better be something at the other end of the bridge,” Henry Jacoby, co-director emeritus of MIT’s Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change, said earlier this year after...
"Where the Real Jobs Are" (editorial concerning US... →
I personally would be surprised if KXL was not created, in some form or another… but I think this editorial is asking for a more honest and open energy dialogue within the US, which is what I would like to see The Republicans’ claim that the pipeline will create tens of thousands of new jobs — 20,000 according to House Speaker John Boehner and 100,000 according to Jon Huntsman — are...
Treasure Trove of Political Science, History, IR... →
Awesome. Thanks, Foreign Affairs. Time to NerdUP… What follow are selections from our archives that tell the story of the ideological battles of the past century and the emergency of the modern order. To make the package as a whole coherent and accessible, we have included only the most relevant parts of articles directly related to this theme and presented the articles in...
Record Clean Energy Investments in 2011 →
Bloomberg reports…. London and New York, 12 January 2012 – Global investment in clean energy reached a new record of $260bn in 2011, up 5% on 2010 and almost five times the total of $53.6bn in 2004. Investment in solar far outstripped that in wind, and perhaps of most note, US clean energy investment moved back ahead of China for the first time since 2008, according to the latest...
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UAE’s future energy plans - Energy Education →
A great perspective from across the world (for US readers) about how other countries are looking to recalibrate energy in the education systems. There is also an imperative need for programmes on non-renewable energy to focus on oil, gas, coal, nuclear energy, future needs, reserves, and conservation measures. I further believe that the curriculum must encompass global energy trends and...
She was from another tribe, they live deep in the jungle, and have no contact...– See my original post here. It’s a quote I want to remember.
EPA & Dept. of Energy create FuelEconomy.gov ! →
Cool endeavor by US Dept. of Energy and EPA! Advice on how to make the most of using personal transportation - fuel efficiency, car selection, etc. Check it out… FuelEconomy.gov, a partnership between the Energy Department and the Environmental Protection Agency, is a great place to start. The site’s recently updated Find-a-Car tool helps consumers find a fuel-efficient vehicle that...
Educational Resource: Global Warming:... →
Thanks to Andy Revkin via Twitter
:-( Loggers 'burned Amazon tribe girl alive' →
Loggers in Brazil captured an eight-year-old girl from one of the Amazon’s last uncontacted tribes and burned her alive as part of a campaign to force the indigenous population from its land, reports claimed on Tuesday night. … “She was from another tribe, they live deep in the jungle, and have no contact with the outside world. It would have been the first time she...
If you ask me what keeps me awake at night, it’s the Strait of Hormuz.– US Admiral Jonathan W. Greenert (via CFR.org quote of the day) The Straight of Hormuz according to Wikipedia… It is the only sea passage to the open ocean for large areas of the petroleum-exporting Persian Gulf and is one of the world’s most strategically important choke points.