Category Archives: OpEd

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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Nuclear decommissioning costs amount to €66 billion in UK alone

The nuclear industry’s ‘Foratom’ blog recently criticised EWEA’s argument in a recent report that “massive subsidies to fossil fuels and nuclear energy…. remain the rule”. Foratom instead claimed that “it is renewable energies, especially wind and solar energy that are the most systematically subsidised forms of energy, not nuclear energy.” Foratom then set out some … Continue reading Nuclear decommissioning costs amount to €66 billion in UK alone

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Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles and the Green Stimulus

There was no shortage of wind energy or electricity at Thursday night’s debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan, the Republican contender for that office. But federal support for wind power and electric cars was one of the early flashpoints between the two. “Was it a good idea to spend taxpayer dollars … Continue reading Wind Energy, Electric Vehicles and the Green Stimulus

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Climate change off the agenda in US Presidential election

While there is no doubt that the US is the number one economy in the world and its international influence — from popular culture to military power — is second to none, trying to understand the nation’s domestic political scene is far from an easy task. Take for example recent stories regarding climate change denial, … Continue reading Climate change off the agenda in US Presidential election

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Back green growth or we’ll cut investments, companies warn

This week international firms and energy companies including Mitsubishi Power Systems and Siemens have threatened to slash planned investments in the UK unless George Osborne, the UK Chancellor, shows real commitment to developing a low carbon economy and delivering green growth. The Times reported that if these firms carry out their threats, hundreds of UK … Continue reading Back green growth or we’ll cut investments, companies warn

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