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Trends Impacting the Acceptance of Clean Energy Technology Archive for Trends

Collection of news stories that reflect thematic movement in the world toward acceptance of clean, alternative, and even hitherto marginalized 'free energy' technologies.

Stories in 2005

  • Declining Energy Reserves and Economic Downturn - Daniel Estulin reports for Nexus on the most recent Bilderberg ultra-rich-and-influential meeting and their discussion of what to do about the oil scarcity problem. (ZPEnergy; Oct. 9, 2005)

[Supposedly this report was a "breaking the silence" situation. I can't help but think that the powers that be want the world to be panicked about oil prices so they can ratchet them up even higher, even while the actual situation is not as dire as is being portrayed.]

  • China's renewable energy grows 25% annually - As of 2004, China claims 110 million kw hydropower; 760 megawatt wind power; 60 megawatt solar photovoltaic batteries, and over 11 million household biomass pools. (Xinhua; Sept. 27, 2005)
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  • DOE Expected to Slash Budget for Wind, Geothermal, CSP Solar - Rumors have been circulating among those with an ear to energy issues in Washington, DC, that deep budget cuts are likely in a wide range of renewable energy technologies as the government seeks a way to pay for all its expenditures without increasing revenue. (Renewable Energy Access; Sept. 27, 2005)
  • Alt Energy Stocks Surging Along with Oil Prices - Alternative energy has long been dismissed as too expensive to be practical, but with oil hovering around $65 a barrel, solar energy and fuel cells are starting to look positively affordable. (Deseret News; Sept. 12, 2005) (Thanks Susan Carter) (See also Forbes; Sept. 8, 2005)
  • As Oil Prices Rise, Asia Sees Sense in Going Green - Across the region, renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal power is gaining ever greater credence as a way to curb the region's appetite for oil and cut runaway import bills. (Reuters; Sept. 9, 2005)
  • World Running Out of Time for Oil Alternatives- The world could run out of time to develop cleaner alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels before depletion drives prices through the roof, a leading Dutch energy researcher said. (Reuters; Aug. 7, 2005)
  • Industry Wants European Hydrogen Development Boost - Politicians, academics and corporate executives say that Europe should boost its public investments in hydrogen and fuel cells to pave the way for a future with cleaner cars and renewable energy. (Reuters; July 11, 2005)
  • Investors at UN Meet Pledge $1 Billion in Clean Energy - US and British institutional investors who collectively manage over $3 trillion in assets pledged on Tuesday to invest $1 billion in clean energy companies in an effort to reduce risks posed by climate change. (Reuters; May 11, 2005)

[Most of that will go to mainstream solutions like wind and hybrid manufacturers.]

  • The New Power Generation - Soccer moms, taco shops, even real estate developers - mainstream America is starting to pull the plug and rely on homegrown solar energy. Call it the dawn of the hygrid age. 185,000 U.S. households have switched. (Wired; May 2005)
  • Renewable energy would be a moneymaker for state - Report says Arizona would reap thousands of new jobs, cleaner skies and more revenues for rural areas if renewable energy became a major source of power. (Arizona Daily Sun; April 16, 2005)
  • Biodiesel Study Looks at Home Heating Market - Internet based home heating oil company commissioned to conduct a market research project evaluating the price tolerance of consumers to convert to biodiesel and other environmentally friendly fuels for home heating use. (Renewable Energy Access; New York; April. 4, 2005)
  • A Naked Energy Gap - The National Review Online says steps need to be taken now because the United States is open to severe economic dislocation and possibly dire national-security threats as a result of its excessive reliance on imported oil. ('CBS; March 29, 2005)
  • Green building goes commercial - "Green building is really no longer a niche," SRM project manager Laura Billings said. "It is really exploding in growth. Very soon we think this will be standard practice." (The Argus, California; March 21, 2005)
  • Utility Pollution Bill Stalls in Senate Committee- A Bush administration plan to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants failed to pass the Senate Environment Committee Wednesday, a setback for a bill that critics said favors the utility industry over public health. (Reuters; March 10, 2005)
  • The Next Big Race - After nuclear arms, is Energy next? The quest for cheap, clean, responsible energy. (Slate; March 1, 2005)
  • Hybrid cars in at this year's Oscar ceremony - Nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Morgan Freeman among other celebrities will be arriving in Toyota Prius hybrids instead of gas-guzzling limousines. (Reality TV World, California; Feb. 28, 2005)
  • White House Budget Slashes Clean Energy - Contradicts most recent State of the Union address that called for "reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy," and that urged Congress to "pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy." (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 28, 2005)

[Conflict of oil interests; billions from Saudis to Bush family]

  • UK to abandon H2 research? - "You don’t need a seat at the table for everything." Looking to other countries to do the development instead. (Sunday Herald; Feb. 20, 2005) (Thanks H2O Power)
  • University creates Alternative Energy Research Chair - University of Manitoba has created a research chair that will focus on developing ways to integrate leading-edge alternative energy technologies into the electricity sector. (Renewable Energy Access; Feb. 4, 2005)
  • No Tomorrow By Bill Moyers - Addresses the substantial cross section of America's religious right that not only is not concerned about global warming and environmental destruction but actually welcomes it as a sign of the times. (ZPEnergy; Feb. 3, 2005)

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