Signaling a potential slowdown in America’s coal addiction, construction of more than 50 proposed coal-fired power plants in 20 states were either canceled or delayed in 2007.
Stanford researcher Cristina Archer and retired physicist and renewable energy skeptic Howard Hayden dispute the pros and cons of the potential for wind energy in the United States.
Controversy surrounds the intensive mining of cheap coal in the Appalachian Moutains as the social and ecological impacts continue to worsen and restoration attempts are unsatisfactory or worse.
A report authored by international energy and economic experts titled “The Economics of Nuclear Power” suggest that nuclear power is neither a practical nor economically viable solution to energy concerns in today’s climate change charged atmosphere.
The UK government has announced it will back the constuction of a new generation of nuclear power plants – to be constucted by private firms – amidst opponents’ concerns regarding cost, safety and nuclear waste disposal.
Researchers from the US Department of Energy have created a device called the Counter Rotating Ring Receiver Reactor Recuperator (CR5), which can create hydrogen from water and sunlight and can also split carbon dioxide into oxygen and carbon monoxide that can be used to create synthetic hydrocarbon fuels.
In the race between the preservation of pristine wilderness and large profits, the latter once again take precedence as the US federal government announces it will be accepting bids for oil and gas exploration rights in the Chukchi Sea off the Northwestern coast of Alaska.
Violence in Nigeria, Algeria and Pakistan, coupled with a weak US dollar and fears of cold weather have prompted oil prices to rise to $100 a barrel for the first time in history.
Environmental engineers at Pennsylvania State University have developed a technology that could both clean contaminated water and produce energy in the process.
Jim Goodman of the Organic Consumers Association bursts the bubble on biofuels, highlighting their dubious renewability, environmental damage, and inability to meet potential demand.