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Barack Obama has criticized US political and business figures who oppose the expansion of wind and solar power in a speech where he singled out the influential Koch brothers for criticism. [The Guardian] A new study has revealed experts may have been overestimating China’s levels of carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 10%, according… Keep reading →

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One of three Chinese state-owned oil majors, Sinopec Group, is interested in investing in the US liquefied natural gas (LNG) sector. Jack Yu, managing director of Sinopec D.C., which handles government relations with the US, said last week that Sinopec wants to make minority investments in US shale oil and gas projects as China seeks… Keep reading →

KARAMAY, CHINA - AUGUST 15: (CHINA OUT) Farmers work at a garden near the Karamay Oil Field under the Tianshan Mountain on August 15, 2004 in Karamay of Xinjiang Autonomous Region, west China. The nation's largest oil and gas producer, China National Petroleum Corp (CNPC) on August 22, 2005, reached an initial agreement with PetroKazakhstan Inc to buy the Canadian-registered company for US$4.18 billion, topping the bid from an Indian rival. The State-owned parent of Hong Kong-listed PetroChina, has produced 15.63 million tons of crude oil and 1.9 billion cubic metres of natural gas from its overseas fields in the first half of this year, according to a CNPC official. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

China, the world’s largest energy consumer, saw its natural gas output fall 2 percent in May from the same period a year earlier, official data showed last week. Reuters said it’s the second straight month of declines as the market expects Beijing to announce an additional price cut for the fuel in the coming months to… Keep reading →

BEIJING, CHINA - JUNE 8:  Chinese President Hu Jintao (Center-L) attends a bilateral meeting with Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad (Center-R) at the Great Hall of the People on June 8, 2012 in Beijing, China. According to reports, China announced that it will provide a 150 million yuan (23.8 million US dollars) grant to the Afghan government during 2012. (Photo by Mark Ralston - Pool/Getty Images)

Oil and gas deals between China and Iran are set to change. Last week, several news agencies in the region, including the Iran Daily and Trend News Agency said that Iran and China have agreed that China would pay in cash for the oil and gas it buys from Iran. China is currently the biggest… Keep reading →

A man rides a bicycle as a coal-fired power plant in Beijing is seen in the background in a November 2014 photo..  Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images.

The recent downturn in China’s coal use and carbon emissions, noted in this space a few weeks ago, might be more than an anomaly brought on by weaker growth in key sectors and robust hydropower from above-normal rain. That’s the assessment from two London School of Economics researchers, who see a hopeful “new normal” that includes… Keep reading →

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Rhetoric over China’s land reclamation work, placed at more than 2,000 acres, on submerged reefs and inlets in the Spratly Islands in the South China Sea (SCS) has entered its fourth week. The latest installment of this high-stakes drama reignited in early May when US satellite images showed that China had been building artificial islands… Keep reading →

President Barack Obama wth Vice President Joe Biden speaks with CEO of Namaste Solar Electric, Inc., Blake Jones, while looking at solar panels at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science in Denver, Col., Feb. 17, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

China will overtake Germany as the world’s solar leader this year based on cumulative installed capacity, and the United States is likely to move up a spot to No. 4. But China and the U.S. are big countries, and when you take population into consideration, the solar leadership picture changes – a lot. Here are the… Keep reading →

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Just when it looked like Sino-American relations were finally starting to improve, new satellite images last week showed troubling developments. China has been building artificial islands on reefs in the Spratly islands in the South China Sea at an alarming pace. Not that this would be alarming news per se, but the reefs have been,… Keep reading →

Smoke billows from a coal fired power plant in Beijing, China, last November. Photo by Kevin Frayer/Getty Images

What’s going on with coal in China? Already the world’s largest consumer of the stuff, China has been expected to continue on an upward trajectory in coal use. But last year the trend line turned down – and it appears to be continuing in that direction. The figures suggest the decline in China’s coal use… Keep reading →

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 31:  A sign is posted at a Shell gas station on October 31, 2013 in San Francisco, California.  Royal Dutch Shell reported a 32% decline in third quarter profits with earnings of $4.5 billion compared to $6.5 billion one year ago.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Just a month after oil major Royal Dutch Shell announced that it would acquire BG Group, the UK’s third largest energy company, for $70 billion in cash and stock, making it the biggest energy deal in a decade, Shell’s CEO Ben Van Beurden was off to China to convince regulators there that the deal did… Keep reading →

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