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Efficient Cars: Emerging Clean Diesels May Give Electric Vehicles A Jolt

The beauty of efficient cars these days is that progress is being made on so many fronts. It’s a little like a horse race: first one technology surges, then another.<p>Just when it begins to look like the future of personal transportation may be the electric vehicle, The Economist warns us not to jump …

Study raises new concern about earthquakes and fracking fluids | Reuters

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Powerful earthquakes thousands of miles away can trigger swarms of minor quakes near wastewater-injection wells like those used in oil and gas recovery, scientists reported on Thursday, sometimes followed months later by quakes big enough to destroy buildings.<p>Filmmaker Josh Fox …

Energy production causes big US earthquakes

Fluids injected into wells lubricate faults and increase slippage.<p>Natural-gas extraction, geothermal-energy production and other activities that …

Geology

Has SolarCity Created the Amazon 1-Click for Energy Efficiency?

After SolarCity shifted its energy efficiency strategy and pulled back from doing residential retrofits in-house, the solar services behemoth is …

US to begin exporting 'fracked' gas

<b>US gas produced by the controversial technique of "fracking" is due to be exported for the first time.</b><p>A $20bn project to prepare an export terminal is under way in Louisiana.<p>The huge facility on the Gulf of Mexico was originally designed to import natural gas to the US.<p>But within two years of …

Oil

Fracking Doesn’t Contaminate Water

California Fracking Regulations Near Approval

A proposal in Sacramento to change state law to monitor, regulate and track every well that uses hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking,” has moved …

Solar and wind surge, but dirty energy still dominates, as this nifty chart shows

Solar energy production in the U.S. jumped by 49 percent last year, and wind energy by more than 16 percent.<p>But these clean sources of energy are …

As Poland's fracking future turns cloudy, so does Europe's

If any European country could have a US-like fracking boom, it's Poland. But optimism has waned.<p>Warsaw — It was only two years ago that Poland was …

World energy use to jump 56% by 2040, study says

Global energy consumption is expected to rise 56% by 2040 with a changing composition of energy sources, with China and India driving the rate increase far more than the rest of the world.<p>According to a new report by the U.S. Energy Information Administration, fossil fuels are expected to keep …

The Case for Shale Gas in 5 Charts

The "father of fracking" just died. How will his legacy, shale gas, shift the economy?<p>Kacper Pempel/Reuters<p>The "father of fracking," George Mitchell, died Friday. What kind of legacy is he leaving behind? Critics insist that his technology for extracting shale gas will cause long-term damage to …

KOTOK: A Confluence Of Events Suggests Energy Prices Will Go Down From Here

It now looks as if prices for oil, natural gas, and related products may fall. A confluence of events suggests that can happen, to wit:<p>With permission, we have posted Jim Roemer's discussion of colder-than-normal weather in the US and its impact on natural gas prices in the "Special Reports" …

Natural Gas

One Technology That Is Already Changing the Future Of Energy

<i>Accelerating technological change will define how efficiently we use energy, not how much.</i><p>The accelerating change of technology we use commercially …