How does public opinion about climate science affect investment in low carbon equities? HSBC has charted low-carbon equities’ performance relative to world markets since the IPCC’s landmark fourth assessment, published during 2007:
They point out that the HSBC Global Climate Change Index only fell 18.2 per cent from the launch of the IPCC’s fourth assessment report in 2007 until the hacked CRU emails were published in November 2009, while the MSCI World Index fell 22.8 per cent in the same period.
But since the CRU email incident, the Climate Change Index only rose 2.1 per cent compared to 4.8 per cent for the MSCI World Index.
Anyone hoping the EIA’s revision to its natural gas production survey methodology would be bullish for prices – or bearish for the future of shale gas – was very likely disappointed:
Carbon capture and sequestration is nothing if not controversial. The cost, effectiveness and the public reaction to extracting CO2 from coal- or gas-fired plants and storing it underground are still hotly debated, and likely will continue to be until a commercial-scale power generation CCS project is fully up and running.
Two Texas-based engineers last year pointed out what they see as an unavoidable technical flaw in the whole proposition: the pure limitations of how much CO2 can be stored. Their work has drawn strong criticism from four geologists.
From New Orleans: The oil already has brought a sickening odour here – a two hour drive from the Gulf. Louisiana’s governor, Bobby Jindal, declared a state of emergency on Thursday is seeking federal assistance for small businesses and the commercial and recreational fishing industries affected by the spill. He also has asked permission to call up the Louisiana National Guard to call up 6,000 help respond to the spill.
BP late on Thursday announced it was stepping up its efforts to address leak, including a significant expansion of onshore preparations. The leak is expected to reach Louisiana’s coastline within hours. President Obama, meanwhile, declared the event “of national significance” in order to free up resources from around the country to stop the slick.
NEW ORLEANS: The BP/Transocean disaster is already being felt by the wider deepwater oil industry, with the Obama administration ordering immediate inspections of all deepwater drilling rigs and platforms in the Gulf of Mexico to determine if risks of any further spills are on the horizon.
The rigs are to be examined first, with the blowout preventor stacks a particular focus. Authorities want to know whether equipment tests have been done and the records are there to prove it. In addition, Washington wants to ensure operators are performing emergency well control exercises.
Given the scale of production in the Gulf, and the high tech equipment deep out and under the ocean, this will be a time consuming process. There are 30 drilling rigs operating in the deepwater Gulf and 47 deepwater production facilities.
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