• Europe Braces For Gas Showdown With Russia As Japan Restarts Its Nuclear Power Plants

    • Date: 23/04/14
    • Ambrose Evans-Pritchard, The Daily Telegraph
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    European regulators and power companies are battening down the hatches in case the crisis escalates   The Western powers are scrambling to bolster defences against a halt in Russian gas supplies after the Kremlin tightened the energy noose on Ukraine, and paramilitary actions in eastern Ukraine increased the risk of a full-blown sanctions war. The […]

  • UK Pushing G7 For Shale Gas And Nuclear To Loosen Russia’s Energy Grip

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Lianna Brinded, International Business Times
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    The British government is going to use the G7 meeting in May to urge ministers to focus on diversifying domestic energy networks, such as through shale gas and nuclear power, to pry away Russia’s grip on supplies. UK Pushing G7 for Shale Gas and Nuclear Focus to Loosen Russia Energy Grip: Britain’s Prime Minister David […]

  • West Seeks To End Putin Stranglehold Over Energy

    • Date: 22/04/14
    • Ben Webster, The Times
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    Britain is to lead an international effort to stop Russia from using its vast natural energy supplies to hold the world to ransom. As President Putin continues to stoke fears of civil war in Ukraine, energy ministers are preparing to weaken his power by reducing reliance on Russian gas. Speaking before a summit for G7 […]

  • Environmental Groups Cringe As Trade Unions Support Shale Revolution & Pipelines

    • Date: 21/04/14
    • Kevin Begos, Associated Press
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    After early complaints that out-of-state firms got the most jobs, some local construction trade workers and union members in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia say they’re now benefiting in a big way from the Marcellus and Utica Shale oil and gas boom. That vocal support from blue-collar workers complicates efforts by environmentalists to limit the […]

  • Post-Fukushima Japan Chooses Coal Over Renewable Energy

    • Date: 20/04/14
    • Chisaki Watanabe and Masumi Suga, Bloomberg
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    Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is pushing Japan’s coal industry to expand sales at home and abroad, undermining hopes among environmentalists that he’d use the Fukushima nuclear accident to switch the nation to renewables. The Joban Joint Power Co. Nakoso coal-fired power station stands illuminated at night. Photographer: Tomohiro Ohsumi/Bloomberg A new energy plan approved by Japan’s […]

  • Why Russia Has Its Eyes On Ukraine’s Coal Basin

    • Date: 18/04/14
    • Joe Parson, The Moscow Times
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    The potential loss of Ukraine’s eastern coal regions would be a significant blow to Ukraine’s gross domestic product, potentially lowering it by 20 percent. With increased tensions in eastern Ukraine, home of the coal basin in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, the energy future of the country seems as bleak as ever. Despite being Europe’s preferred alternative to Russian gas, coal does not often receive much spotlight. […]

  • Russia May Lose Energy Game Over Ukraine, U.S. Says

    • Date: 18/04/14
    • Daniel J. Graeber, UPI
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    Russia has “a lot to lose” if it continues to use energy as a geopolitical tool in the row over Ukraine, a U.S. State Department spokeswoman said. Russian President Vladimir Putin warned European energy security was at risk because of disputes over Ukraine’s gas debts. Russian company Gazprom suspended a price discount for Kiev following […]

  • 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. […]

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