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Analysis: UK Wind Generated More Electricity than Coal in 2016

Thu, 19 Jan 2017 13:08:22 +0000


The UK generated more electricity from wind than from coal in the full calendar year of 2016, Carbon Brief analysis shows. The milestone is a first for the UK and reflects a collapse in coal generation, which contributed just 9.2% of UK electricity last year, with 11.5% from wind. The coal decline saw its output fall to the lowest level since 1935.

Peak Uranium: The Uncertain Future of Nuclear Energy

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 12:06:29 +0000


Declining uranium production will make it impossible to obtain a significant increase in electrical power from nuclear plants in the coming decades.

The Keystone Pipeline Network Could Soon Be Completed Under Trump, But Will It Be Safe?

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 11:38:58 +0000


In the coming months, TransCanada will likely receive a green light to build the final leg of its Keystone pipeline network, which would carry Canadian tar sands to Gulf of Mexico refineries. President-elect Trump has said that, during his first 100 days in office, he will reverse President Obama’s decision to block the Keystone XL Pipeline.

An Update on Mineral Depletion: Do we Need Mining Quotas?

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:24:24 +0000


To ensure that sufficient zinc, molybdenum and antimony are available for our greatgrandchildren’s generation, we need an international mineral resources agreement.

Transition in the North Sea and Netherlands

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 12:58:30 +0000


The North Seas Countries’ Offshore Grid Initiative would knit together the power grids of the countries adjacent to the North Sea, and enable a far greater share of renewables—especially offshore wind—on the northern European grid than would be possible otherwise.

Will the US Really Be a Major Energy Exporter?

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 11:29:16 +0000


The analytical arm of the U.S. Department of Energy now says the United States will become a major energy exporter in a few years. Will this eventually prove to have been an accurate prediction? The forecast is contained in the Energy Information Administration (EIA)’s Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) for 2017, released on January 5th. In the publication’s Reference Case scenario, America is energy self-sufficient by 2026 and a net exporter thereafter.

2017: The Year When the World Economy Starts Coming Apart

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 10:51:02 +0000


Some people would argue that 2016 was the year that the world economy started to come apart, with the passage of Brexit and the election of Donald Trump. Whether or not the “coming apart” process started in 2016, in my opinion we are going to see many more steps in this direction in 2017. Let me explain a few of the things I see.

Canaries in the Coal Mine

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 12:09:25 +0000


The “canary in a coal mine” is a metaphor originating from the time when caged birds were carried into the mines as an early warning system; the canary would die before methane and carbon gases reached levels hazardous to humans.

The Peak Oil President?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 23:16:27 +0000


The frequency of Internet searches for the term “peak oil” has waned dramatically in recent years; now even the number of articles announcing the “death” of peak oil has dwindled, so universal is the assumption that the concept is completely debunked. Why bother beating a dead horse? With supreme irony, it could be within the next few years when the maximum-ever rate of world oil production is actually achieved, to be followed by terminal decline.

Energy Independence: Why Bother?

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:46:07 +0000


In a global economy where we drive cars built in Japan, work on computers made in China and eat shrimp caught and peeled in Thailand, why do we hesitate to use oil pumped in Saudi Arabia? Do we fear oil shortages or embargoes? We’ve weathered those before. The oil exporting countries can only hold back so long- they have to sell the stuff. Camels won’t drink it, and you can’t make vodka from it.

Fake News as Official Policy

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 08:15:49 +0000


In the first part of this review, we looked at the climate and energy disruptions that have already begun in the Middle East, as well as the disruptions which we can expect in the next 20 years under a “business as usual” scenario. In this installment we’ll take a closer look at “the perpetual transmission of false and inaccurate knowledge on the origins and dynamics of global crises”.