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After EU policymakers’ disenchantment with biofuels (see EurActiv: MEPs seek reduced biofuel commitments), it is time to find the new “silver bullet” to tackle the climate and energy crisis. During two conferences held in Brussels this week, lobbyists for carbon capture and storage (CCS) pulled out all the stops to convince us that governments should… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

Jeremy Bentham and Jeroen Van de Veer presented Shell’s latest scenarios Scramble and Blueprints to Brussels policymakers on 7 April. Their visions for the future look pretty grim although they were not very upfront about it and their plea for big government hand-outs for carbon capture and storage raises a lot of questions. The scenarios… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

The Wall Street Journal reported today that three of the biggest US investment banks are getting cold feet about financing new coal power plants as they expect US policy-makers to introduce a carbon capture-and-trade system in the future. The environmental standards which the three banks will lay down could mean that coal plants without carbon… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

A new report by the National Academy of Sciences in the US has raised serious questions marks about America’s coal reserves, according to an article in the International Herald Tribune today. The report recommends the federal government to undertake a serious study to “determine the size and characteristics of the nation’s recoverable coal, with the… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

One month after the surprising report on coal reserves by the German Energy Watch Group, there is another report predicting a less rosy future for the black gold. According to Richard Heinberg on Global Public Media, the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre will, within the next few days, publish a new report “The Future of… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer

I came across three interesting reports this week: Richard Heinberg reports on the Global Public Media blog that the German Energy Watch group is about to publish a very worrying report on the future of coal world coal reserves. According the the energy experts of the group, global coal reserves are much smaller than generally… » read more

Posted by Willy De Backer