• Europe May Replace Russian Gas With US Coal

    • Date: 17/04/14
    • Michael Bastasch, Daily Caller News
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    While U.S. lawmakers are debating the merits of exporting natural gas to Europe to break Russia’s energy hold on the continent, one immediately exportable energy source has been overlooked: coal. U.S. coal exports have been booming in recent years due to rising demand around the world. In fact, some European countries are already using U.S. […]

  • Ukraine Crisis: Europe May Switch From Russian Gas To Cheaper Coal

    • Date: 16/04/14
    • Voice of Russia
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    The EU could switch to cheaper coal for its energy needs in order to reduce its reliance on Russian gas supplies, according to a leading expert in London. With the shale gas revolution leading to cheaper US coal, it could lead to lower energy prices, as the Ukraine crisis puts gas at the centre of […]

  • Green No More: Coal Returns To German Utilities Replacing Lost Nuclear

    • Date: 15/04/14
    • Tino Andresen, Bloomberg Business Week
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    What’s a beleaguered utility to do when forced by the government to close its profitable nuclear power plants? It turns to lignite, a cheap, soft, muddy-brown colored form of sedimentary rock that spews more greenhouse gases than any other fossil fuel.   Giant machines dig for brown coal, or lignite, near Jänschwalde, Germany, in the Lausitz […]

  • Fracking And Nuclear Energy Good For Climate Policy, Admit UN Scientists

    • Date: 15/04/14
    • Ben Spencer, Daily Mail
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    Climate scientists have backed Britain’s shale gas revolution – saying it could help to slow global warming. The world’s leading experts on climate change say fracking will cut greenhouse gas emissions and should be made central to the country’s energy production. It will help the UK move away from ‘dirty’ coal and contribute to saving the […]

  • Reality Check: Irish-UK Wind Export Plan Collapses Because It’s Too Expensive

    • Date: 14/04/14
    • Mark Hennessy, Frank McDonald, The Irish Times
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    Deal founders as UN scientists call for a rapid switch to renewable energy The collapse of a controversial wind export plan has been announced by the Government on the same day that the UN’s top scientific body called for a rapid switch to renewable energy to fight climate change. Minister for Energy Pat Rabbitte said […]

  • Energy War: Putin Threatens To Turn Off The Gas

    • Date: 11/04/14
    • David Blair and Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph
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    President Vladimir Putin threatened the “extreme measure” on Thursday of cutting off Russian gas for Ukraine unless the country pays in advance for all its supplies. Russian president acknowledges gas deliveries to the European Union would also be jeopardised.   In a stark letter to 18 world leaders, Mr Putin acknowledged that, in such a “critical […]

  • Shale Revolution Reverses Global Energy Flow

    • Date: 10/04/14
    • John Kemp, Reuters
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    The United States has replaced OPEC as the marginal petroleum supplier to the world thanks to the shale revolution and improvements in automotive fuel efficiency. Net U.S. imports of crude and products have halved over the last five years, or by an amount equivalent to the entire daily crude exports of Saudi Arabia. Net imports […]

  • EU Commission Announces End Of Green Energy Subsidies

    • Date: 10/04/14
    • EurActiv
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    Renewable energy subsidies that helped spur Europe’s €48-billion-a-year clean energy industry are to be phased out across the continent, under new market-friendly state aid rules announced by the European Commission Wednesday. “It is time for renewables to join the market,” the Commission’s competition chief, Joaquin Almunia, said in a statement. “The new guidelines provide a framework […]

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