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Oil reserves from tar sands in Canada and Venezuela are equal to the world`s total known conventional fossil oil reserves. But the production process is extremely damaging to the environment; and it causes at least 20 percent higher C02 emissions than conventional oil. That is why oil production from tar sands has always been highly […]

Tokyo Electric Power, Japans größter Stromversorger, entgeht auch unter der Regierung Noda der Privatisierung. Doch sein Überleben hängt an staatlichen Kapitalspritzen und anderen regulatorischen Eingriffen. Sonst kann Tepco die astronomischen Rechnungen für fossile Ersatzbrennstoffe, Entschädigungen, Dekontaminierungen und den Abriss der Atomruinen nicht bezahlen. Die ersten durchgesickerte Zahlen liefern einen Vorgeschmack, welche Milliarden-Kosten auf Tepco zukommen. […]

The first step of Ukraine on the path to an effective power balance is a restructuring of its economy. We should start with ourselves. The second move should be related to reduction of the Russian gas dependence in the following 3-5 years. The Soviet technological cooperation influences economy of all post-Soviet countries already for 20 […]

During the last 20 years the EU has been the major global pioneer in developing wind and solar energy. It has done so in order to become independent from fossil energy sources and from dominant oil and gas suppliers like Russia and OPEC. Its efforts have failed so far on two crucial counts: Not all […]

Don’t buy an electric car!

If you care about the environment, don’t buy an electric car. I have just spent some time in the Great State of Michigan, and while the enthusiasm for electric cars there is palatable, the conversations I have had with people in the field have not be…

Power Games

How could anyone not wish to cut their energy bill? If like us you’re struggling on a measly NGO salary you would jump at the chance of lower bills. So would everybody with a grain of common sense. It means more money for – for what actually? We asked around. If your energy bill was […]

The truth about light bulbs

The sale of 60 watt incandescent light bulbs is banned in the UK from today, as part of an EU-wide strategy. A report on the BBC website was accompanied by a comment from a shopkeeper: “This is not a democracy, it’s becoming like a dictat…

Mi suegra Margarita que es sabia, de esa sabiduría que se adquiere por conocimiento basado en el sentido común y en unos principios y valores bien asentados, cuando la tropa de sus nietos se alborota y reina el caos, pronuncia una frase magistral que deja boquiabierta a la chiquillería: “Un momento de filosofía, por favor”. […]

La conférence de Copenhague dont l’Union européenne attendait tant, a été une grande déconvenue. Pareille mésaventure ne doit pas se renouveler. Le changement climatique planétaire n’est pas seulement une question planétaire évidente dont les effets négatifs sont déjà perceptibles, mais c’est aussi une question de développement et par voie de conséquences, c’est une question sécuritaire […]

Gazprom’s South Stream pipeline will most probably get a derogation from the Third Energy Package, the EU’s legislative framework that provides competitors with free access to pipeline networks, Bulgarian Energy Minister Traycho Traykov announced today (14 July). If we are to believe the minister (why shouldn’t we), then the EU is effectively axing its rules […]

Passenger cars account for up to 10 per cent of global C02 emissions. In view of the rapidly growing global stock of motor cars, especially in Asia, it is urgent to tackle this source of climate change. There are two complementary ways of addressing the issue: through gasoline taxation and fuel consumption/emission standards. The USA […]

The EU is the most advanced part of the world in terms of energy efficiency. But there remains a substantial potential for improving its record beyond past achievements. Following the guidelines established by the European Council in February 2011 and the Commission policy paper of March 2011 the Commission has submitted a draft directive on […]

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