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Wed, Sep. 24, 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
Tue, May. 6, 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
Aug. 9, 2012, 8:09 AM
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. 18, 2011, 1:16 PMA 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? | 18 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!
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!
Jan. 6, 2011, 2:50 PM
Jan. 8, 2010, 4:52 PMThe administration rolls out a $2.3B tax credit for clean energy, to create "the jobs of the future, jobs that pay well and can't be outsourced." The credits are going to 183 projects, benefiting companies including PPG Industries (PPG), TPI Composites and Itron (ITRI). (ETFs: GRN, PZD) | 7 Comments
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