Monthly Archives: July 2010

- EPA rejects petitions to reconsider danger of greenhouse gases

- Lessons from two important climate forecasts

- On our radar: BP writes off spill costs

- Fight gears up on biomass

- Li Ka-shing bids £5.8bn for UK utility - FT

- BP lawsuits over oil spill take center stage - Reuters

- KNOC set to complete bid package for Dana - FT

- ONGC profit falls 24 per cent, hit by discounting - WSJ

- State of the climate: hottest decade on record

- A push for action on renewables

- The emergence of localism

- Deepwater Oil Spill – the hundredth day

- Conoco to sell stake in Russia’s Lukoil - FT

- BP: removed storm plug from relief well at spill site - Dow Jones/Rigzone

- Indian mining faces development dilemma - FT

- Senate energy bill draws widespread criticism - Reuters

- Wind drives growing use of batteries - NY Times

- BG expects Brazil boost despite half-year earnings fall - FT

- Japan, China begin gas treaty talks – Argus

- Macondo relief well on schedule - Upstream


Sheila McNulty

Jim Mulva, ConocoPhillips’ chief executive, says that the unlimited liability some are proposing in Congress to punish operators for further spills in the Gulf of Mexico is inappropriate. That would raise the question of how many of the smaller companies operating in the Gulf could afford to get back out there to work following the lifting of the moratorium and even whether the risk reward equation would favor going out into the waters again for the biggest of companies. He said to analysts:

We will not develop the resources if we have that situation.

It may have sounded like a threat, but it is also a realistic assessment of the situation.

Fiona Harvey

A report from the NOAA in the US has found that data from ten key climate indicators all point to the same finding: the scientific evidence that our world is warming is unmistakable.

It is the first major piece of new research since the “Climategate” scandals.

It found that, relying on data from multiple sources, each indicator proved consistent with a warming world. Seven indicators are rising: air temperature over land, sea-surface temperature, marine air temperature, sea level, ocean heat, humidity, and tropospheric temperature in the “active-weather” layer of the atmosphere closest to the earth’s surface. Three indicators are declining: Arctic sea ice, glaciers and spring snow cover in the northern hemisphere.

Read the full report here:

In the UK’s first ever annual energy statement, Chris Huhne, UK energy and climate change secretary, asked researchers, industry experts and members of the public a series of questions about the country’s energy priorities. The answers to these questions, he announced, will help form the basis of Britain’s pathway to energy security by the year 2050.

In line with David Cameron’s “Big Society” idea, the annual statement is accompanied by a “Call for evidence” and a software, essentially an excel spreadsheet, which models energy supply and demand to show alternative energy policy scenarios. The package is the government’s attempt to raise public support for the upcoming energy policy that will be announced later in the year.

But the spreadsheet currently does not contain any information on costs of any of the technologies, which is essential for the decision-making process that would shape public opinion on the subject. This crucial omission makes the tool ineffective for policy-makers and members of the public seeking to engage with Britain’s energy policy.

Sheila McNulty

Everyone has known for some time that renewables are not the priority for the US that they once were. Nonetheless, the latest data from the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) reveals just how far back the country has slipped in its efforts to move toward a clean energy future.

- Reid: Renewable electricity mandate still lacks 60 votes

- House and senate roll out spill bills

- Tony we hardly knew ye

- On our radar: record heat in Moscow

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