Today: 21.May.2018

Virginia Lopez, correspondent for AL JAZEERA: Oil is Venezuela's lifeline. Ever since it was first pumped in 1914, oil has found a way of permeating every aspect of Venezuelan life. Initially it helped the backward, malaria-infested Caribbean nation out of poverty, and decades later nurtured a culture of easy wealth. And now - because Venezuela relies on oil for 95 percent of its revenue, and imports almost everything it consumes - the drop in the price of oil is challenging the government of the late Chavez's chosen successor, President Nicolas Maduro.

Published in Fossil fuels

John Shanahan, President of Environmentalists for Nuclear - USA: This is a summary of articles about wind and solar technologies without discussion of subsidies posted on this website. It includes comparisons with fossil fuels and nuclear.

Published in Wind and Solar

Daniel Wetzel, Die Welt: Im ersten globalen Energiewende-Ranking kommt Deutschland nicht mal in Europa unter die Top Ten der Klima-Schützer. Nur gemeinsam mit Frankreich könne Deutschland auf Ökostrom umstellen. Energiewende und Klimaschutz gehören nicht zu den Prioritäten der Regierung. Erreichbar sind ihre 2030er-Klimaziele nur, wenn wir sofort gezwungen werden, jeden Kessel, Ofen, Motor stillzulegen. Völlig illusorisch.

Published in Wind and Solar

David MacKay, Professor of Physics, University of Cambridge: How can we power a modern lifestyle without fossil fuels? Individual actions saving 10% here and 40% there will not get us off fossil fuels. To eliminate fossil fuel use, we will surely also need to increase the amount of energy we get from non-fossil-fuel sources. Even if we imagine strong efficiency measures and smart technology switches, halving our energy consumption from 125 kWh per day per person to 60 kWh per day, we should not kid ourselves about the scale of the energy challenge which would remain. If Britain and the United States were to "get off" fossil fuels, what would the effect be on Earth's climate? Most of the rest of the world can not afford to "get off" fossil fuels or do not have the right governments, economies, education systems, industrial capacity to do so.

Published in Several energy types