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  • Nov. 12, 2014, 3:57 AM
    • Following over nine months of talks and negotiations, the U.S. and China have announced a landmark agreement to curb carbon emissions.
    • Under the joint plan, the U.S would emit 26% to 28% less carbon in 2025 than it did in 2005. China has pledged to stop its emissions from growing by 2030, its first-ever commitment to do so.
    • ETFs: GRN, PBW, QCLN, GEX, PBD, ICLN, PZD, PUW, HECO
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  • Sep. 24, 2014, 4:35 AM
    • President Barack Obama urged countries to follow the U.S.'s lead on combating global warming at yesterday's U.N. Climate Summit.
    • While leaders were united on laying the groundwork for a new global climate-change treaty, sharp differences arose on matters such as deforestation, carbon pollution and methane leaks from oil and gas production.
    • The U.S. also decided not to join 73 countries in supporting a price on carbon, which Congress previously indicated it would reject.
    • ETFs: GRN, PBW, QCLN, GEX, PBD, ICLN, PZD, PUW, HECO
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  • May. 6, 2014, 10:44 AM
    • Climate change is having a present-day, negative impact on Americans' everyday lives and is damaging the U.S. economy, and calls on governments to find ways to lower emissions, particularly from energy production, according to a new National Climate Assessment report.
    • But you can't expect people to willingly reduce their standard of living, so even as the U.S. turns away from coal, there are ready markets for America’s coal across the globe.
    • Coal is so cheap that it is likely for many years to be the cornerstone for many nations’ energy policies: U.S. coal offers much of Europe a less expensive alternative than coal from nearby mines even including transportation costs, Japan looks to spend billions of dollars on new coal-fired plants, while coal is likely to be the fuel of China into the foreseeable future.
    • ETFs: XLE, ERX, KOL, VDE, OIH, ERY, DIG, PBW, DUG, IYE, QCLN, GEX, PBD, PXJ, ICLN, PXI, PZD, PSCE, FENY, RYE, PUW, FXN, DDG, HECO
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  • Aug. 9, 2012, 8:09 AM
    Another coal-fired power plant is set to go dark, the Rochester, MN utilities board voting to retire its Silver Lake facility. Cheap natural gas and wind power is making it cheaper to buy power off the regional grid, and there's also the whole clean air thing. (see also)
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  • Aug. 8, 2012, 10:01 AM
    Data for the construction of power generation facilities in H1 paints a stark picture of the ascendance of natural gas, with 3,708 MW gas-fired plants built, 2,367 MW of wind farms developed, and 1,608 MW of coal stations constructed. Gas provides 41.8% of U.S. electricity, coal 29.7%, nuclear 9.2%, water 8.7%, wind 4.3%, geothermal 0.3%, and solar 0.3%.
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  • Jan. 30, 2012, 6:09 AM
    Newly released data confirms the rising trend in world temperatures ended in 1997, and leading climate scientists say the sun is now heading towards a ‘grand minimum’ in its output which threatens colder seasons. This could have significant long-term consequences for investments in alternative energy technologies, as much of it has been driven by fears of man-made global warming. (submitted by John Petersen)
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  • Nov. 18, 2011, 1:16 PM
    A U.N.-created panel finds climate change is responsible for cases of extreme weather  - citing floods, monsoons, and heat waves outside the normal range of occurrences. A report issued by IPCC (.pdf) on the controversial topic expresses "high confidence" that daily temperatures have increased due to greenhouse gases. Will green-leaning ETFs such as PBD, ICLN, PBD, PBW, QCLN, and PZD see a kick from upcoming talks on a new climate agreement or will a slumping global economy keep climate control on the backburner?
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  • Nov. 16, 2011, 9:29 AM
    A detailed forecast from Bloomberg New Energy Finance projects clean energy investments may double by 2020 to $395B. The report sees China taking over the renewable energy spending lead from Europe in 2014 with India, the Middle East, and Africa upping their spending rapidly. "Last year’s record renewable energy investment was no one-off despite the recent economic gloom."
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  • Jul. 8, 2011, 11:46 AM
    The clean tech sector is poised for a major crash, writes Devon Swezey. He says in order to break the boom-and-bust cycle backed by federal subsidies, the U.S. needs to back early-stage R&D with a goal of building a clean energy program able to compete at scale. The clean tech sector stands as the one of the few in positive territory today, +0.2%.
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  • May. 31, 2011, 2:42 PM
    Siemens (SI +4.1%), a major manufacturer of wind turbines, stands to benefit from Germany's plan to discontinue the use of all nuclear energy by 2022. Solar power (TAN +5.1%), wind energy (FAN +3.2%), global clean energy (PBD +3%) are among the day's top sectors; uranium (URA -4.6%), nuclear energy (NLR -1%) by far the worst. (also)
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  • Apr. 13, 2011, 12:45 PM
    Solar stocks are popping after China's top energy advisers suggest the government double its solar-power target for 2015 as a response to events in Japan. FSLR +2.3%, JASO +2.2%, TSL +4.3%, YGE +3.7%.
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  • Apr. 7, 2011, 9:02 AM
    GE (GE) intends to build the largest photovoltaic panel factory in the U.S. in a move that could shake up the country's solar industry and challenge market leader First Solar (FSLR). However, GE will face competition from low-cost, government-subsidized Chinese manufacturers.
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  • Apr. 6, 2011, 11:26 AM
    Research from Bloomberg New Energy Finance suggests large solar-panel projects may surge over the next two years - with prices competitive with coal, and dropping by 50% to $1.45/watt to build by 2020. "We are already in this phase change and are very close to grid parity," says one CEO.
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  • Mar. 30, 2011, 11:29 AM
    In a speech at Georgetown University, President Obama will outline a plan for sharply cutting oil imports and increasing U.S. energy production. Watch live here.
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  • Mar. 23, 2011, 12:41 PM
    Whether its deepwater drilling in the Gulf or nuclear reactors built on fault lines in tsunami zones in Japan, these problematic sources of energy are the result of our insatiable demand, says Jeff Rubin. The depletion of conventional oil supply will hasten even more of these disasters in the future.
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  • Mar. 14, 2011, 8:25 AM
    Possible winners from the hit to nuclear stocks:
    -Natgas ETFs: GAZ, UNG, UNL, NAGS
    -Natgas equties: FCG, FCGL, FCGS
    -Coal: PKOL, KOL
    -Alt. Energy: TAN, KWT, FAN, ICLN, PBW, PBD, PUW, PWND, GEX
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The PowerShares Global Clean Energy Portfolio (Fund) is based on the WilderHill New Energy Global Innovation Index (Index). The Fund will normally invest at least 90% of its total assets in securities that comprise the Index and ADRs based on the securities in the Index. The Index seeks to deliver capital appreciation and is composed of companies that focus on greener and generally renewable sources of energy and technologies facilitating cleaner energy. The modified equal weighted portfolio is rebalanced and reconstituted quarterly.
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