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THE LAND OF THE RISING “NUCLEAR” SUN – AGAIN!

THE LAND OF THE RISING “NUCLEAR” SUN – AGAIN!

  The experiment is over. Japanese voters went to the polls just yesterday on December 16 to elect a new parliament and overwhelmingly voted incumbent Japanese Prime Minister Noda from the ruling Democratic Party of Japan (DPJ) out of office. Yoshihiko Noda, a former finance minister who wanted to curb Japan’s immense public debt, ...

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Not The Savior Once Hoped

Not The Savior Once Hoped

Not long ago jatropha curcas, a flowering plant in the jatropha family, was believed to be an efficient source for biofuels. The plant was viewed so advantageously due to its properties. Tests showed it could grow productively in some of the harshest conditions; such as on marginal land without fertilizer ...

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Will Iskandar Malaysia prove to be an eco-city model?

Will Iskandar Malaysia prove to be an eco-city model?

As COP 18 in Doha seems to have failed (as of writing) to reach a consensus on how to further climate change action for the future, Malaysia proves to be one developing country with a plan for internal action. The country has set ambitious emission reduction targets: by 2020 it ...

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The Nexus between the Keystone XL Pipeline and Bending the CO2 Emissions Curve Downwards in the Long Term

The Nexus between the Keystone XL Pipeline and Bending the CO2 Emissions Curve Downwards in the Long Term

I spent the last week on a tour of the Canadian oil sands in Alberta talking to oil sands industry representatives, Government of Alberta officials – the regulator – and environmental think tanks. I am now back in New York with interesting insights, a far better understanding of “everything oil ...

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General Wesley Clark on Energy and National Security 

General Wesley Clark on Energy and National Security 

After a panel discussion at New York University shortly before November’s election, General Wesley Clark (ret.) was kind enough to answer some questions regarding the national security dimension of America’s energy situation. This piece originally appeared in the Kensington Review. Q: What security threats bother you most when it comes ...

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Round 18: Climate Talks Start in Doha

Round 18: Climate Talks Start in Doha

The United Nations climate change negotiations, or the long form: the 18th session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the 8th session of the Conference of the Parties serving as the Meeting of the Parties (CMP) to ...

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U.S. to Overtake Saudi Arabia in Oil Production by 2020 — Not So Fast…

U.S. to Overtake Saudi Arabia in Oil Production by 2020 — Not So Fast…

    In a recent report by the Paris-based IEA, it was forecasted that the United States would become the largest global oil producer, thereby overtaking Saudi Arabia, by around 2020. Not so fast! As Jen Alic of Oilprice.com rightly points out: “We cannot compare total combined liquid hydrocarbons produced ...

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Britain Announces Energy Efficiency Strategy

Britain Announces Energy Efficiency Strategy

In the field of energy, conservation is about the least sexy topic out there. However, it is also the one area that can affect the picture immediately, and for that reason, we ought to be paying greater attention to it. For its part, the British government has just released its ...

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President Obama Re-elected and Keystone XL Pipeline Revisited

President Obama Re-elected and Keystone XL Pipeline Revisited

    The Foreign Policy Association has recently released results of its 2012 National Opinion Survey with some interesting insights regarding the geopolitics of energy. Among other things, the survey finds that a total of 57 percent of the balloters believe that constructing the Keystone XL pipeline is ...

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Going green in a traditionally unlikely region

Going green in a traditionally unlikely region

  Growing global demand for energy continues to strain resource availability, which has spurred increased exploration for unconventional oil and gas, as well as accelerated exploitation of traditional fossil fuels. Renewable energy has increased exponentially worldwide over the past decade to combat these facts. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), ...

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Climate Change and the Economy? Not in this Presidential Debate

Climate Change and the Economy? Not in this Presidential Debate

While climate change is an established reality in much of the world, the United States continues to lag behind in recognizing the truth, despite recent gains. The U.S. is the second largest emitter of greenhouse gases, behind China, but it does not have an official dedicated policy to ...

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Baghdad’s Oil Payment Deal with Kurds Helps Boost Exports

Baghdad’s Oil Payment Deal with Kurds Helps Boost Exports

Iraq’s oil minister Abdul Kareem Luaiby anticipates his country’s exports for September to exceed 2.6 million barrels a day, a figure not reached in the last 20 or so years. Part of this increase stems from a deal cut between the central government and the Kurdish autonomous region. The Kurds ...

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Thoughts on Japan’s First Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

Thoughts on Japan’s First Post-Fukushima Energy Policy

  Japan is reversing its decades-long advocacy of nuclear power as Bloomberg reported last Friday. In its first post-Fukushima energy policy approved by Prime Minister Noda a cabinet panel endorsed and outlined the potential next steps to phase out nuclear power plants ...

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Scottish Government Unveils Plans for World’s Largest Wind Farm

Scottish Government Unveils Plans for World’s Largest Wind Farm

As August ended, the Scottish government unveiled plans for the world’s largest wind farm in the Moray Firth, in the country’s far northeast. The government plans to spend £4.5 billion to erect 339 wind turbines off shore which would generate 1,500 MW, about the same as a conventional power plant. ...

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Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions in Light of the UAE – Australia Uranium Deal

Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions in Light of the UAE – Australia Uranium Deal

Only in December 2011 did Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s ruling Labor Party vote to overturn a long-standing ban on Australian uranium exports to India in order to strengthen diplomatic ties between those two countries, thus elevating the relationship to a more ...

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