Carbon capture

According to The Pew Charitable Trusts, the U.S. is losing the race to create the most robust clean energy economy not just to China but now also to Germany. This among the G-20 nations based on the amount of private equity investment in dollar-equivalent numbers. The U.S. ranked #1 through 2008. If you look at…

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How will Japan fill the gap left by disabled nuclear power plants? And how will other countries with nuclear power plants react to risks posed by  GE’s boiling water reactors in earthquake-prone regions? The answers may not be known for weeks, or months. But as the earthquake damage assessments become more credible, some implications are…

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How many credible studies will it take before elected officials and regulators acknowledge that coal has a quantifiable, net negative, impact on the health of human beings and the U.S. economy? The latest study, from the Harvard Medical School’s Center for Health and the Global Environment does a credible and persuasive job of estimating the…

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Wherever one looks, from China to India to Denmark to the United States, the race to innovate to a cleaner energy future is on. The more President Obama talks about clean energy nnovation the more U.S. seems to be losing the race because other nations are already very busy at this or are racing ahead. Or are they?…

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Given the widening divide between proponents and opponents of a bonafide national renewable electricity standard / requirement, a discussion is expanding about roles for a “clean energy standard,” or CES. This trek is fraught with gamesmanship that could sully the definition of what is “clean” and what isn’t. But maybe this is moot now. A…

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And 1 million electric vehicles on the road by 2015? We all heard President Obama lay out his ‘ask’ during tonight’s (January 25) State of the Union address. Without a fresh plan, new-age thinking by Congress and incentives for private companies to make cleaner energy, this is likely to be yet another request DOA. Said…

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Head’s up about this excellent coverage by The New York Times’ Elizabeth Rosenthal and follow-up earlier today about ever-increasing coal purchases by China and coal’s rising price on the global market. It is impossible to ignore the significance of what’s going on here. While China is lauded for boosting renewables, its insatiable appetite for ALL forms of…

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