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Japan’s Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

Japan’s Energy Security: The Time is Now to Secure Closer Pragmatic Relations with Russia

On May 15, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe held the seventh meeting of the Advisory Panel on Reconstruction of the Legal Basis for Security in his long quest to advance the reinterpretation of its ‘Pacifist’ Constitution and to allow finally for the exercise of Japan’s right to collective self-defense. During the meeting, the members of… Keep reading →

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Oil Boom Shifts The Landscape Of Rural North Dakota

Elite Oil Fields Redefine Meaning of Crude’s ‘Big Three’ CNBC: Move over ExxonMobil, Chevron and ConocoPhillips—there’s a new “Big Three” in U.S. energy production. And they’re not companies. In a new update to its drilling productivity report from last week, the Energy Information Agency said North Dakota’s Bakken and Texas’ Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale are quietly generating… Keep reading →

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Throughout history, maps have played a critical role in shaping our decisions—helping us determine where we are going and how we are going to get there. Now, we’re using them to define a way to address climate change. Environmental Defense Fund and Google Earth Outreach have worked together to launch a series of maps that show methane… Keep reading →

Fracking In California Under Spotlight As Some Local Municipalities Issue Bans

Financial results from 127 global oil and natural gas companies showed increased use of debt to help fund operations – along with asset sales – in recent years amid flat oil prices. Low borrowing rates facilitated this phenomenon, though the long-term sustainability of this strategy is questionable. “Using debt to fuel growth is a typical… Keep reading →

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  To help you save money by saving energy, DOE launched #AskEnergySaver – an online series that gives you access to some of the Energy Department’s home energy efficiency experts. During 2014, experts from the Department and our National Labs will be answering your energy-saving questions and sharing their advice on ways to improve your home’s comfort.… Keep reading →

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The Bahraini government’s legal move against the main opposition group escalates its differences with Washington but could also provide an opportunity for diplomacy. On July 20, Bahrain’s Justice Ministry submitted a legal request that, if accepted by a local court, will bar the country’s main Shiite opposition group, al-Wefaq, from operating for the next three… Keep reading →

Massive Solar Electricity Plant Provides Power To California Homes

Renewable energy companies in the United States might lose a friend in the coming months. Conservative Republicans are trying to kill the Export-Import Bank, the independent and self-sustaining federal agency founded during the Great Depression that helps finance the purchase of American-made goods and services by overseas buyers. The bank’s current authorization expires at the… Keep reading →

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A claimed breakthrough in solid oxide fuel cell technology Earlier this week, General Electric announced that it is initiating an entrepreneurial effort to commercialize its solid oxide fuel cell (SOFC) technology for megawatt-scale stationary power applications. Billion-dollar fuel cell startup Bloom Energy also works with SOFC technology at this scale. GE has claimed a recent… Keep reading →

Mikhail Khodorkovsky Holds First Press Conference Since Prison Release

A European court ruled former Russian oil company Yukos’ shareholders are entitled to $50 billion because the Russian government illegally expropriated assets and orchestrated the firm’s demise. Collecting the money, however, will be no easy task. “It is the tribunal’s view that Yukos was the object of a series of politically-motivated attacks by the Russian… Keep reading →

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While in Pittsburgh earlier this week, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz stopped by a construction site to speak with some of the all-union workers who are building the Tower at PNC Plaza, a super-efficient 33-story office building in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh.Energy efficiency is often overlooked when talking about America’s clean energy future, but it’s… Keep reading →

Construction Boom Continues In Singapore Despite Asia's Recent Downturn

Last week saw the completion of two exciting finance transactions that will increase investment in and reduce costs for clean energy projects. In the first transaction, Renovate America, announced that it raised $50 million in venture capital funds to expand operations. The San Diego-based company develops residential Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) programs, which allow… Keep reading →

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