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U.S., China peer-reviewed reports lay out huge subsidies for fossil fuels

U.S., China peer-reviewed reports lay out huge subsidies for fossil fuels

Critics of the renewable-energy industry argue that it's unfair that energy sources such as wind and solar often benefit from government subsidies. But the volumes and amounts of subsidies received by the fossil-fuel industry are substantial, as new analysis shows. In December 2013, the U.S. and... read more

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Oil field (Image: Flickr user johnny choura, used under CC license)

Oil is cheap, so Kuwait raised its own gas price to compensate

Cheap gasoline is good news for the economies of most countries, but not those that rely on oil exports. The sustained fall in global prices has led oil-producing countries... read more August 4, 2016 by


 
Oil well (photo by John Hill)

Wealthy nations on fossil-fuel subsidies: we'll end them...later

The world's wealthiest nations have not yet been able to commit to end subsidies to the fossil-fuel industry, even in the face of growing alarm over climate change. Members... read more July 5, 2016 by


 
Solar Panels by Flickr user Chandra Marsono

Car dealer tries to install solar, town-owned utility limits power it can generate

It should have been fairly straightforward. Install some solar panels on the roof of a building, cut carbon emissions, and perhaps save some money on electricity bills. But... read more June 14, 2016 by


 
2016 Toyota Mirai

Japan wants Fukushima to be major hydrogen production center

Japan's Fukushima prefecture was the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in recent years, but the Japanese government has ambitious plans for the region. Fukushima's... read more June 2, 2016 by


 
Photovoltaic solar power field at Volkswagen plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee

Elon Musk vs Warren Buffett: how two titans see carbon-free electricity

There's an energy battle brewing in Nevada. The Silver State is witnessing a fight between two energy companies promoting different visions of energy policy, led by two very... read more May 25, 2016 by


 
Beijing smog

China brings its fuel quality standards up to global levels, quickly

China already aims to cut its horrific urban air pollution by aggressively promoting electric cars and implementing stricter fuel-economy standards over the next few years... read more May 24, 2016 by


 
2016 BMW i3

Germany's $1 billion electric-car incentive plan approved by cabinet: update

After much discussion, Germany appears poised to implement significant incentives to encourage the purchase of electric cars. This week, the German government announced an... read more May 19, 2016 by


 
Gas pump

New House bill seeks to limit ethanol in gasoline to current usage

Pretty much since its passage in 2007, the Renewable Fuel Standard has been a controversial piece of legislation. Enacted as part of the Energy Independence and Security Act... read more May 18, 2016 by


 
Coal, by Flicker user oatsy40 (Used Under CC License)

What is a carbon tax and how would it work? A primer

One new policy measure that could get companies to cut their carbon emissions is to put a price on those emissions. Such a "carbon tax" is enthusiastically supported by many... read more May 11, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Even Saudi Arabia vows to end its 'addiction to oil'

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia is now starting to contemplate a future in which gasoline and diesel now longer power the majority of the world's cars. Over the next decade and a half... read more April 27, 2016 by


 
China

China accelerates tougher vehicle emission standards, starting sooner

China is known for having some of the worst air pollution in the world, due in part to years of lax emission regulations covering factories as well as vehicles in the world's... read more April 25, 2016 by


 
BYD Qin EV300

China to issue special green plates for electric cars to enforce preferential treatment

Thanks to aggressive government promotion, electric cars in China get not only purchase incentives, but also other types of incentives in many cases. In certain cities, they... read more April 19, 2016 by


 
Power station - Image by Flickr user MacJewell, used under Creative Commons license

Peabody, world's largest private coal company, files for bankruptcy

Peabody Energy—the world's largest private coal company—filed for bankruptcy this week. The company cited a variety of factors, including lower-than-expected... read more April 15, 2016 by


 
Bentley Continental GT races a train across Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia will have $2 trillion to figure out an economy after oil

Oil-rich Saudi Arabia could find itself in a vulnerable position if world economies shift away from fossil fuels for transportation over the coming decades. The Middle... read more April 5, 2016 by


 
2015 Nissan Leaf

Is group buying the key to boosting electric-car adoption?

If you want to get someone to do something—drive an electric car, say—then making it cheaper is a good way to start. Purchase incentives and tax rebates have been... read more April 1, 2016 by


 

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