Sep 11, 2014

U.S. officially approves LNG exports to Japan

The U.S. Department of Energy has given its final authorization on a project to export domestically produced liquefied natural gas to Japan and other countries, project manager Sempra Energy said Wednesday. With the participation of major trading houses Mitsui & Co. and Mitsubishi Corp, ...

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Sep 4, 2014

Scientists produce propane fuel from gut bacteria

Driven by the quest for an abundant, nonpolluting alternative to fossil fuel, scientists have developed a method to produce propane using sugar and the gut bacteria E. coli. Though still far from being commercially viable, the inventors of the process hope it will one ...

Aug 20, 2014

Two Belgian nuclear reactors may be closed permanently

Two Belgian nuclear reactors owned by GDF-Suez unit Electrabel may remain offline until spring and may need to be halted permanently, Belgian state broadcaster VRT reported on Tuesday. The Belgian nuclear regulator ordered production to be stopped at the 1,008-megawatt Tihange 2 reactor and ...

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

Aug 16, 2014

Power play: the debate over renewable energy

by Eric Johnston

On Aug. 26, 2011, the same day that Prime Minister Naoto Kan resigned after widespread criticism of his handling of the meltdowns at the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant that followed the Great East Japan Earthquake and tsunami in March 2011, the Diet ...

Islamic State using Mosul Dam to help fund caliphate

Aug 12, 2014

Islamic State using Mosul Dam to help fund caliphate

Islamic State militants who last week captured the Mosul Dam, Iraq’s largest, had one demand for workers: Keep it going. Arriving in their Toyota pickup trucks, armed with Kalashnikov assault rifles and wearing a patchwork of military uniforms, robes and turbans, jubilant militants from ...

Aug 9, 2014

ExxonMobil starts drilling for oil in Russia's Arctic

U.S. oil giant ExxonMobil began drilling in Russia’s Arctic on Saturday, despite Western sanctions imposed on its Russian partner Rosneft, and was hailed by Russia’s president as an model of “cooperation.” Although U.S. sanctions over the crisis in Ukraine are not designed to halt ...

Obama to announce $14 billion in U.S. corporate investments in Africa

Aug 6, 2014

Obama to announce $14 billion in U.S. corporate investments in Africa

President Barack Obama will announce on Tuesday that U.S. businesses have committed to investing $14 billion in construction, clean energy, banking and information technology projects across Africa, a White House official said. The announcement will occur at the U.S.-Africa Business Forum, part of a ...

Jul 31, 2014

Sanctions seen damaging Russia if not lifted quickly

U.S. and European sanctions against Russia’s energy and finance sectors are strong enough to cause deep, long-lasting damage within months unless Moscow persuades the West to repeal them by withdrawing support for Ukrainian insurgents. The U.S. and European Union released details Wednesday of new ...