Category Archives: OpEd

CO2 emissions from Amazonia deforestation drop 16 percent this year

Carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere as a result of Amazon deforestation dropped to 352 million tons this year, or 16 percent less than in 2011, Brazil’s state-run National Space Research Institute, or INPE, said. In a communique Friday, the organization said that the calculation of emissions data was based on an analysis by the … Continue reading CO2 emissions from Amazonia deforestation drop 16 percent this year

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World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

World nuclear electricity-generating capacity has been essentially flat since 2007 and is likely to fall as plants retire faster than new ones are built. In fact, the actual electricity generated at nuclear power plants fell 5 percent between 2006 and 2011. In 2011, following Japan’s Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, 13 nuclear reactors in Japan, Germany, … Continue reading World Nuclear Electricity Generation Down 5 Percent Since 2006

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After Doha, the world is left waiting for climate change action

Beyond an anaemic international agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol to 2020, it is hard to see what positive momentum was achieved at the end of the two-week UN conference on climate change which ended on Saturday in Doha. While almost 195 nations did endorse the proposal to extend Kyoto past 2012, no new targets … Continue reading After Doha, the world is left waiting for climate change action

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Energy diversity will power our economy

Benjamin Zycher’s Congress Blog post gets several facts wrong about wind power. Let’s set the record straight. While Zycher, a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute, invokes Ronald Reagan, it’s worth noting that support for extending the federal wind energy Production Tax Credit (PTC) crosses party lines at every level of leadership. A bipartisan … Continue reading Energy diversity will power our economy

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Stop Republicans from blocking wind energy and solar power development

I was struck by the connection between two recent articles in this paper. On Dec. 2, Jeffrey Tomich revealed an effort by conservative legislators to repeal our state’s renewable energy standard, which was passed by Missouri voters in 2008 with 66 percent support (“Conservative groups target green energy mandates”). This policy, advanced by the Sierra … Continue reading Stop Republicans from blocking wind energy and solar power development

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Onshore wind energy is already cost competitive with coal and gas, and it is much cheaper than nuclear power

The cost of energy is a topic high up on the media agenda but it is a thorny issue complicated by all the different variables and methods used to calculate the cost of energy. One commonly used method is the “levelised cost of energy” (LCOE), which is, in simple terms, the lifetime cost of an … Continue reading Onshore wind energy is already cost competitive with coal and gas, and it is much cheaper than nuclear power

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Welcome to real world of climate change

There is no rich-poor divide in emissions obligations, according to one wealthy country responsible for huge greenhouse gases emissions that has yet to sign on to make binding cuts. As usual, the United States has challenged the principle of “common but differentiated responsibilities” at climate change talks in Doha, Qatar, saying that the future agreement … Continue reading Welcome to real world of climate change

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Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Vehicles

10. Did you know that the average American’s daily round-trip commute is less than 30 miles? With many electric vehicles having a range of more than 70 miles a charge, they are a reliable and comfortable way for Americans to get from point A to point B. For longer trips, a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle … Continue reading Top 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Electric Vehicles

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Greenhouse-Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to a recent report from the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2011, according to the World Meteorological Organization. Between 1990 and 2011 there was a 30% … Continue reading Greenhouse-Gas Concentrations Reach Record High

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Energy-Development-Security Nexus in Afghanistan

As a result of international assistance, Afghanistan’s electricity sector has expanded significantly. Although from a low base, Afghanistan’s installed energy capacity has increased by around 139%, from approximately 430MW in 2001 to 1029MW in 2009, and the overall supply of electricity has almost tripled between 2006 and 2011. The major economic hubs of the country, … Continue reading Energy-Development-Security Nexus in Afghanistan

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A vote for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy

The following op-ed by AWEA CEO Denise Bode appeared yesterday in Politico. The results of the 2012 elections represent a paradigm shift in U.S. energy policy. As the 18th-century English diarist Samuel Johnson said, “the prospect of a hanging concentrates the mind wonderfully.” In the energy field, it was the oil shocks of the 1970s … Continue reading A vote for an ‘all-of-the-above’ energy policy

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We Need More Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

On Saturday afternoon, like many New Yorkers who had been forced out by Superstorm Sandy, I finally moved back into my apartment in downtown Manhattan. After a couple of post-storm nights in my home—which Sandy had left without power, heat, hot water or cell phone service—I had decided to stay with friends uptown where the … Continue reading We Need More Hybrid and Electric Vehicles

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American Energy Alliance errs with attacks on wind power

The American Energy Alliance (AEA), a fossil-fuel funded organization, has released a new document attacking wind energy. The document purports to be a “study” based on “research,” but contains no new information or analysis—it is simply an advocacy piece that is entirely subjective, funded by an organization with a particular point of view. The AEA … Continue reading American Energy Alliance errs with attacks on wind power

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National governments must create stable investment environments for renewables, WWF

Recently some national governments in Europe have made changes to their support mechanisms for renewable energies that have created an environment of insecurity for the wind energy sector. However, a new report by the WWF says that such policies create needed certainty for renewable energy investors, backing up a view held by EWEA. Uncertainty about … Continue reading National governments must create stable investment environments for renewables, WWF

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From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

Each alternative energy source—whether solar power, geothermal energy, or wind energy—has a major role to play, but it is wind power that is on its way to becoming the foundation of the new energy economy. The great energy transition from fossil fuels to renewable sources of energy is under way. As fossil fuel prices rise, … Continue reading From Fossil Fuels to Renewable Energy

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Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered by renewable energy

Saudi Arabia says it wants to use fossil fuels to produce other goods rather than use it for power generation. Saudi Arabia, the world’s biggest oil producer, has plans to become 100% powered by renewable and low-carbon forms of energy, according to an influential member of the royal family. But the process is likely to … Continue reading Saudi Arabia reveals plans to be powered by renewable energy

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Americans Still Behind Clean Energy

Capitalism, as the famous economist Joseph Schumpeter noted, is all about “creative destruction”. Firms come and go. Some survive. Some do not. So it’s unfortunate for America when critics of clean energy seek to politicize what the most ardent believers in free markets believe is a natural, ongoing part of a healthy economy. While it’s … Continue reading Americans Still Behind Clean Energy

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