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- 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. 8, 2012, 10:01 AMData 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%. | Comment!
Jan. 30, 2012, 6:09 AMNewly 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) | 12 Comments
Nov. 16, 2011, 9:29 AMA 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." | Comment!
Oct. 20, 2011, 3:57 PMGermany shows it's serious about developing alternative energy sources with a program set to invest a staggering $137B in renewable energy projects over the next five years. With its strong financial commitment and nuclear power firmly in the rear-view mirror, analysts see the nation positioned to work out the dilemmas and problems that will undoubtedly crop up: "Germany is in a very promising position to be the first industrialized country to rely entirely on renewable energy." | 10 Comments
Jul. 8, 2011, 11:46 AMThe 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%. | Comment!
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