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After Peak Oil, what next? Who profits, who loses bigly?

Many people expected that peak oil  would lead to rising prices – basic supply and demand. But reality has been very different. By George Harvey  What we’ve actually seen: Prices dropped because declines in demand actually preceded declines in production. And the result is a market most people, possibly even OPEC leaders, have found unpredictable. We […]

June 20th

Is solar energy TOO cheap? Tariffs could kill 88,000 solar jobs

The US solar energy industry could lose a third of its workforce, or an estimated 88,000 jobs, if the US Government and the US International Trade Commission rules in favor of Suniva’s request for a tariff and price floor. By Joshua S Hill  Simply put, Suniva, a US manufacturer of high-efficiency crystalline silicon photovoltaic solar cells […]

June 17th

Boom! 10% of US electricity from wind and solar in March

Doubt that wind and solar can ever provide a big percentage of US electric generation? For the first time ever, US wind and solar electricity generation exceeded 10% of the monthly total in March, according to figures published by the country’s Energy Information Agency this week. by Joshua S Hill  The EIA published a short […]

June 15th

BP energy report says coal is dead

If Trump does not believe the persistent reports that our world’s energy system is moving towards cleaner alternatives, here is yet more proof the world is going towards renewables and coal is dead – this time from one of the world’s top fossil energy companies. by Adam Johnston  BP’s recently released Statistical Review of World […]

June 15th

California and China sign their own climate agreement. Sorry, Trump

California governor Jerry Brown is in China this week. He signed a climate agreement with Wan Gang, China’s minister of science and technology, committing both parties to work together to lower carbon emissions. He will be the keynote speaker at the Under2 Clean Energy Forum in Beijing on June 7, addressing  leaders from 170 countries, states, and cities […]

June 7th

200 US mayors sign on for Paris Climate Agreement without Trump

Following in the wake of US President Donald Trump’s wayward decision to withdraw the country from the Paris Climate Agreement, governors and mayors from across the country have thumbed their nose at their President, and committed to the Accords regardless. By Joshua S Hill  In what was likely supposed to be a pithy soundbite, Donald […]

June 5th

Breakthrough Perovskite solar cell shows the cheap, clean energy future Trump would kill

Can Energy Secretary Rick Perry keep the stream of good news humming along, despite his boss’ bailing on the Paris climate agreement? Yesterday the Energy Department’s Ames National Laboratory had a very good report about one of our favorite topics, “coal killing” organometal halide perovskite solar cells. By Tina Casey  Coal-Killing Perovskite Solar Cells For those of […]