Andrew Burger

Big Oil Fattens Up at the Public Trough

As Big Oil continue to rake in record profits – $123 billion in 2007 – the oil and gas industry is due to receive $32.9 billion in tax breaks, royalty relief, subsidies and other support from public coffers through 2013. Analyzing the issue in “Big Oil, Bigger Giveaways,” released July 2008, Friends of the Earth analysts note that the figure could grow dramatically over …

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Time for a New Green Deal

The New Economics Foundation invokes the spirit of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his New Deal in urging UK government, and leader worldwide to launch an aggressive campaign to tackle the twin problems of the current financial crisis and environmental degradation, particularly as it relates to growing greenhouse gas emissions, climate change, and energy and food resources development and management.

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Bringing Down the Cost of Solar PV: A Match Made in Heaven?

It’s like that serendipitous combination of chocolate and peanut butter, only the Dept. of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Lab and Optony are purposely setting out to combine their leading edge efforts to bring down the costs of solar power by wedding the former’s record-setting thin-film solar photovoltaic (PV) cells with the latter’s concentrating solar power (CSP) system. NREL and Optony announced July 14 that …

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Climate Change at the Bargaining Table: G8 Sets Long-term Target, India Brings Out National Action Plan

Efforts to establish international government consensus on actionable plans to mitigate climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions is the latest test of individual nations’ ability to establish inclusive, coordinated supranational governance. Akin to their predecessors – the WTO, GATT and others – the issues of climate change and emissions reduction has become something of a bargaining chip on the political power poker table. As …

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Green Energy Gold Rush Carries On Despite Credit Crunch, UNEP Finds

The United Nations Environment Program (UNEP) today released its latest study of global renewable energy investment.  2007 was another record-setting year for investments in renewable energy and energy efficiency, according to UNEP’s “Global Trends in Sustainable Energy Investment 2008.”  More than $148 billion was raised and invested in these sectors during 2007 – 60% more than 2006 – even as the credit crunch spread, …

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