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The great green energy crack-up

History — of the U.S., Europe, the U.K. and its former dominions — repeatedly shows that environmental protection is a luxury good. ...This all splatters to a halt when economies go south. And the crash can be especially jarring if greenness is one of the causes. Thanks in no small part to the debacle in Europe, in a very few recent weeks, we have witnessed the great green crack-up.
21 Oct 2011

Traders shut down risky carbon desks

Large institutional traders have been shutting down their carbon desks, as the £80bn emissions market is still full of hazards six months after an outbreak of fraud. ...The City of London Corporation gave evidence to the Energy Select Committee that some traders are even leaving the market because they are so worried about the potential for handling stolen allowances.
25 Sep 2011

Traders shut down risky carbon desks

Large institutional traders have been shutting down their carbon desks, as the £80bn emissions market is still full of hazards six months after an outbreak of fraud. ...The City of London Corporation gave evidence to the Energy Select Committee that some traders are even leaving the market because they are so worried about the potential for handling stolen allowances.
25 Sep 2011

Wind power: a policy spinning out of control

Taxpayers face higher electricity bills and an economy that is damaged because its costs have been artificially inflated by the decision to use wind as a principal source of power. It is a ludicrous situation. ...the commitment to wind power is based on dogma, not evidence. But the truth is that you can't meet a country's energy needs from dogma - as ministers will discover soon enough.
18 Sep 2011

Germany dims nuclear plants, but hopes to keep lights on

"Germany, in a very rash decision, decided to experiment on ourselves," he said. "The politics are overruling the technical arguments." ...To be prudent, the plan calls for the creation of 23 gigawatts of gas- and coal-powered plants by 2020. Why? Because renewable plants don't produce nearly to capacity if the air is calm or the sky is cloudy, and there is currently limited capacity to store or transport electricity, energy experts say.
30 Aug 2011

The trouble with renewables for post-nuclear Germany

Germany plans to shut down its last nuclear power plant in 2022. It's an ambitious timetable. But even more ambitious is its plan to replace that energy with renewable sources, such as wind and solar power. If the plan works, within 40 years Germany will get 80 percent of its power from "renewables." But there are major challenges.
21 Jul 2011

Energy: Betting the wind farm

Mr Vogt says he is sceptical about the timing of the renewables phase-in. "The public accepts projects only when it can see the sense in them," he says. "We need politics to help us with that. We need to tell people the switch to renewables will not come without costs."
4 Jul 2011

https://www.windaction.org/posts?location=Europe&p=26&topic=Energy+Policy
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