Archive | August, 2008

Weekly News Roundup

The US presidential race is now in full speed as both democratic and republican parties officially nominate their candidates. The future of the US renewable energy market will be at stake as each presidential nominee tries to solve the soaring energy price crisis. In other news, the 23rd European Photovoltaic Solar Energy conference in Valencia, […]

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Obama to end US oil era

Barack Obama’s democratic national convention speech last night is probably sending shivers down an oil company’s spine (and perhaps the petroleum industry as well??) as he promised to end America’s oil dependence from the Middle East in 1o years if he’s elected president. In his speech, Obama said he will invest $150 billion over the […]

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Icy oil and gas coming soon

It seems that producible quantities of oil and gas can be found in the Dreki area of Iceland (in the Atlantic, northeast of Iceland on the Jan Mayen Ridge, between Iceland and Jan Mayen Island), and the Icelandic government is inviting experts and specialist in geology and oil exploration (as well as oil/energy companies) to […]

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What’s with the chemical hysteria?

The US seems to be intent in pushing a lot of chemical bans this year especially in California. Meanwhile, plastic bag bans are plastered all over the news as well. Joe Acker, president of the Synthetic Organic Chemical Manufacturers Association (SOCMA), noted the rampant chemophobia going on in the US in his blog, and how […]

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Brits claim greener sense

An online green study from global market research firm TNS reported that 51% of the UK population rated their own natural environment as ‘excellent’ to ‘good’ while 71% rated the rest of the world’s environment as ‘poor’ or at best ‘fair’. The report said 51% of the Brits surveyed claimed to have recently started changing […]

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National conventions green war

To celebrate the National Conventions here in the US (democratic convention this week and republican’s next week), here’s an interesting article by Greenbiz.com about the ongoing green war from the red and blue convention organizers. The article noted the more publicized green initiatives coming from the democratic side although a republican spokesperson said their green […]

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Lucky $26m green recipients

Is $26m enough to partially fund development of new energy efficient industrial processing? The US Department of Energy (DOE) seems to think so and has given the three-year funding to be shared by eight lucky projects: Energy Reduction and Advanced Water Removal via Membrane Solvent Extraction Technology for $5.6m by 3M company. Thermochemical Recuperation for […]

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Busting solar myths

Wind turbine syndrome, vibro-acoustic disorder, and now solar blindness…Fact or fiction? The myth busters may have to work on these ones but for now, other myths in the solar energy area are being dispelled by the company Sunrise Solar. Myth 1: Solar electricity cannot provide a significant part of America’s electricity needs. Fact: The solar […]

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Beware of wind energy side effects

Aside from its unprofitability forecast, maybe Shell knows something about wind energy that we don’t when they pulled out of their UK offshore wind farm investment. According to this article from New Scientist, a study shows that the moving blades from wind turbines can cause a drop in pressure that makes the delicate lungs of […]

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Green marketing 101

Marketers may have to attend Greenwashing seminars and classes if they want to learn the do’s and don’ts on how to use green words in their advertisings. All over the world, public advocates are scrutinizing every green word in marketing and advertising and this summer alone found major companies such as tire manufacturer Goodyear in […]

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