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Energiewende? What Energiewende?

Germany has justly become world famous for its Energiewende. What is less well known is that the German lignite industry is continuing to wreak its environmental havoc on a large scale. On the basis of current German energy policies, writes Jeffrey Michel, there is no “lignite Ausstieg” in sight.
Before 1990, East Germany mined 300 million tonnes of lignite (brown coal) annually to cover 70 percent of all energy needs. Dozens of antiquated power stations and factories wreathed in sulphurous smoke generated 100 terawatt-hours (TWh) of electricity per year.

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OnTheJob Interview – Marcin Ziemski

1.     What’s your name and where have you been living so far? My names is Marcin Ziemski and I am currently living in Perth Australia. However, I spent the last 15 years living and working in Brisbane, and 1 year in London. 2.     Where do you currently work ? I work at Tech Mahindra, an […]

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Fukushima Leaks

Fukushima Leaks Prompt Government to ‘Emergency Measures’

Japan’s government will lead “emergency measures” to tackle radioactive water spills at the wrecked Fukushima nuclear plant, wresting control of the disaster recovery from the plant’s heavily criticized operator, Tokyo Electric Power Co. “We’ve allowed Tokyo Electric to deal with the contaminated water situation on its own and they’ve essentially turned it into a game of ‘Whack-a-Mole,’” Trade Minister Toshimitsu Motegi told reporters today at Fukushima. “From now on, the government will move to the forefront.”

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Alan Shaw

Biofuel Pioneer Forsakes Renewables for Natural Gas

Alan Shaw, the chemist and executive who led a six-year effort to turn inedible crops into fuels to displace gasoline, has renounced the industry he helped pioneer and decided the future instead lies with natural gas. Formerly chief executive officer of Codexis Inc. (CDXS), the first advanced biofuel technology company to trade on a U.S. exchange, Shaw now says it’s impossible to economically turn crop waste, wood and plants like switchgrass into fuel.

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obama Moniz

Natural Gas Seen Gaining With Obama’s Fracking-Friendly Nominees

President Barack Obama says his picks to guide energy and environmental policy in his second term will lead the charge against global warming, a fight that may have one immediate beneficiary: natural gas. Obama picked Ernest Moniz, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology scientist, for U.S. Energy secretary and Gina McCarthy, a longtime environmental regulator, to […]

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Shell Sees Solar as Biggest Energy Source After Exiting It

Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDSA) says solar power, a business it abandoned four years ago, may expand into the world’s biggest source of energy in the next half century. The proposition that photovoltaic panels will be the main power source by 2070 is one of theNew Lens Scenarios Europe’s largest oil company published today in a report on energy demand this century. A second has natural gas as the main fuel by 2030.

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Shell Arctic Drilling Operations Suspended For 2013

An effort to give the United States a new source of domestic oil and refill the trans-Alaska pipeline took a hit Wednesday when Royal Dutch Shell PLC announced it will suspend offshore petroleum drilling in the Arctic Ocean for 2013. Shell drilled last year in both the Chukchi Sea off Alaska’s northwest coast and in the Beaufort Sea off the state’s north coast.

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Trade Deficit in U.S. Plunges on Record Petroleum Exports

Record petroleum exports helped shrink the U.S. trade deficit in December to the smallest in almost three years as America moved closer to energy self- sufficiency, a goal the nation has been pursuing since the 1973 Arab oil embargo.

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China Sea Drilling

Deep Sea Drilling Muddies Political Waters

The oceans deep are a repository of many secrets. Shipwrecks have existed undisturbed for centuries, as have corals and fish of almost unimaginable diversity. Now, increasingly, the secrets of the seabed are being looked at by companies drilling for oil and minerals. International geopolitics and the environment are getting more muddled as a result.

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Alaska’s Geothermal Energy For Sale?

Alaska will offer potential developers the chance to explore geothermal resources at an active volcano in Cook Inlet, the state’s oldest producing oil and gas basin, state officials said on Monday. The geothermal lease sale on May 8 will coincide with oil and gas lease sales, the state Department of Natural Resources said.

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