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Cal on May 23rd, 2017

Switzerland has voted in a referendum to provide billions of dollars in subsidies for renewable energy and to ban new nuclear plants. A proposed new Swiss law (“Energy Strategy 2050) plans to increase domestic renewable energy, reduce fossil fuel use, and reduce reliance on foreign energy supplies. The European country wants to increase solar and wind power capacity by 400% by […]

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Cal on May 21st, 2017

China and Japan have started harvesting methane ice from the seafloor.  Commercial development of the globe’s huge reserves of methane hydrates or “combustible ice” has moved closer to reality after these Asian companies have successfully extracted the material from the seafloor off their coastlines. Methane hydrate is a frozen mixture of water and concentrated natural gas that can be […]

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Cal on May 9th, 2017

San Francisco think tank RethinkX says self-driving electric cars will dominate US roads by 2030. Within 13 years self-driving cars will represent 95% of all car miles driven in the US.  While 40% of the cars in 2030 will still be of the internal combustion variety, they will represent just 5% of the consumer miles driven. This forecast is […]

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Cal on May 2nd, 2017

Global energy companies have sold off more than $22.5 billion worth of Canadian oil sands assets so far this year, concerned about depressed crude oil prices, high production costs, carbon emissions, and limited pipeline access to global markets. More energy efficient appliances, LED lighting, and a shift away from heavy industry all have contributed to a […]

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Cal on April 25th, 2017

Demographers have forecast that India may have the largest population in the world as early as 2022, surpassing China. The US Geological Survey reported that two formations in the Gulf Coast Basin might contain as much as 304.4 trillion cubic feet of natural gas plus 1.9 billion barrels of natural gas liquids, making the area the largest […]

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Cal on April 17th, 2017

GM is about to create the largest fleet of self-driving cars in the world. According to documents filed with the US Federal Communications Commission, the automaker will deploy 300 self-driving Chevy Bolts, perhaps beginning as soon as next month. The electric cars will include both new short- and medium-range radars. Each vehicle will have 10 radars to help it gather data […]

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Cal on April 15th, 2017

The US has shut down 39 gigawatts (GW) of coal-fired electrical generation capacity since 2012 while the UK has closed 8.4 GW in the five years through 2015. (1 GW is the size of a typical nuclear power plant.) Construction on new coal plants fell by nearly two-thirds globally in 2016. US carbon emissions dropped 3% last year as cheap abundant natural […]

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