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Where is Future EU Gas Demand Going? Implications for Russian and US LNG Exports to Europe

A new E3G Briefing Paper calls into question official EU projections regarding EU gas demand, which raises important questions about the economic viability of new gas import infrastructure – both pipelines and especially LNG terminals – and, by...

Posted June 26, 2015    

Development of Arctic Offshore Resources via Submarine: Here We Come?

A recent analysis in “Today in Energy” looked at oil production in Alaska and concluded that oil exploration in the US Arctic continues despite the current low price environment. No surprise there given that the energy industry requires long lead...

Posted June 25, 2015    

Surging US SUV Sales: Why Increased Engine Performance May Augur Badly for Climate Targets

Surface street traffic crosses above the US 101 freeway on April 25, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)In the US, total greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from the transportation sector (27 percent in 2013) are closely...

Posted June 24, 2015    

Is Germany Outsourcing Its Future Energy Security?

Pylons are seen situated over a residential housing area on June 3, 2005 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Matt Lewis/Getty Images)German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWI) Sigmar Gabriel recently touted another step towards...

Posted June 15, 2015    

The World's Leading Global Private Banks and Coal-Related Investments: 'Pecunia non Olet!'

The global coal industry continues to expand with new coal-fired power plants planned or being built throughout the developing world, especially in Asia where coal remains the preferred low-cost fuel option for power generation. Building up coal...

Posted June 11, 2015    

Clean Air and Health to Co-Benefit from More Stringent US Power Plant Carbon Standards, Study Suggests

Katherine Boswell works in her garden in the shadow of the coal-fired Morgantown Generating Station, on May 29, 2014 in Newburg, Maryland. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)A new study sheds light on looming key policy choices to be made by the...

Posted June 8, 2015    

Why We Need to Get from Carbon Capture & Storage to Carbon Capture & Utilization

(Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)As a theoretical construct, carbon capture and sequestration (CCS) seemingly has a lot to offer. Foremost, it would allow mankind to continue the uninhibited burning of fossil fuels while at the same time ‘...

Posted June 4, 2015    

How Might Clean Power Plan Impact Your Electricity Bill? German Situation May Offer Valuable Clues

Photo credit: Getty ImagesThe US Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) newly released analysis of the impacts of the EPA’s proposed Clean Power Plan finds a mixture of technology, market forces and policy could result in a significant...

Posted June 3, 2015    

No Climate Change Progress without 'Climate Proofing' and Funding for Asia's Developing Countries

Fuel tankers, which were used to carry fuel for NATO forces in Afghanistan, are seen parked in a compound on July 10, 2012 in Karachi, Pakistan. (Photo by Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)The Asian Development Bank (ADB) recently called for “climate...

Posted June 1, 2015    

Russia's Gazprom is Top of Its Energy Industry Class, but Not in a Good Way

Graduates in gown and caps celebrate their graduation at the HHL Leipzig Graduate School of Management on August 30, 2014 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Jens Schlueter/Getty Images)A new Thomson Reuters/BSD Consulting “Global 500 Greenhouse Gas...

Posted May 28, 2015    

IRENA: Renewable Energy Employment on the Rise Globally

The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has just published its 2015 Annual Review on “Renewable Energy and Jobs” and estimates that globally renewable energy jobs (excluding large hydropower) reached approximately 7.7 million in 2014....

Posted May 26, 2015    

Japan's 'Unholy Trinity': Nuclear Power Must Join Renewables to Move Emissions Reduction Needle

The Asahi Shimbun reported in March on the decision of four big Japanese electric utilities to decommission a total of five nuclear reactors that have been in operation for more than 40 years. Respective plans have been submitted to the Ministry of...

Posted May 20, 2015