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Non-Dollar Trading Is Killing the Petrodollar -- And the Foundation of U.S.-Saudi Policy in the Middle East

Alastair Crooke | Posted 02.01.2015 | World
Alastair Crooke

This new oil price drop simply is crushing producers' currencies in foreign exchange markets. The combination of the petrodollar losing its ability to act as a store of value, combined now with exchange rate blues, may be the straw that breaks the producer "camel's back" in respect to OPEC and dollar denomination. Such a moment would seem ripe for Russia and Iran to begin a gradual challenge to Saudi's leadership of the OPEC cartel and to the dollar-denominated energy system, if enough OPEC members and other producers are prepared to rebel. Iran has been lobbying hard in this direction.

Matt Sheehan

The Power Politics Behind China's Climate Pledge | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.14.2014 | World

BEIJING –- President Barack Obama had barely finished shaking Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hand to seal this week’s landmark climate agreement...

Matt Sheehan

Inside China's Fight To Quit Coal | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World

TONGCHUAN, China -- World leaders are gathering Tuesday at the United Nations in New York City, hoping to talk their way out of decades of gridlock on...

The Great Frack Forward

| Posted 09.24.2014 | Green

By James West, Climate Desk and Jaeah Lee, Mother Jones: This story originally appeared on Mother Jones and is reproduced here as part of the C...

What China Is Doing to Clear the Air and Fight Climate Change

Feng Zhaokui | Posted 11.26.2014 | World
Feng Zhaokui

It is true that environmental pollution and food safety have become serious problems in China. China is now the second-largest economy in the world and its military power is also growing, but a list of worrisome issues is also getting longer, such as corruption cases, a widening gap between the rich and the poor and the much-to-be-desired national quality, with environmental pollution staying on the top of the list.

Report: Water Shortages Crimp China Shale Gas Plan

AP | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green

BEIJING (AP) — More than 60 percent of China's vast shale gas deposits are in regions with scarce water resources, complicating plans by the energy-...

China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks

AP | JACK CHANG | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green

HEXIGTEN, China (AP) — Deep in the hilly grasslands of remote Inner Mongolia, twin smoke stacks rise more than 200 feet into the sky, their steam an...

Conventional Wisdom, Coal and China

Lou Leonard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green
Lou Leonard

If the world's two largest economies (and largest polluters) lead the way, other countries will follow and a path to a safer and cleaner future will open up.

Powder Keg in the Pacific

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.24.2013 | World
Michael T. Klare

China's determination to assert control over disputed islands in the potentially energy-rich waters of the East and South China Seas spells trouble not just regionally, but potentially globally.

CNOOC's Nexen Bid Shows How Far Goal Posts Have Moved

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business
Jeffrey Rubin

Oil demand is a function of economic growth. As U.S. GDP growth continues to falter, so too will the country's energy needs. In that light, it's no surprise to hear so many rumblings about the need to strengthen trade ties with Asia coming from the Harper government.

The Carbon Noose Around Asia's Neck

Carl Pope | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green
Carl Pope

India's largely government-owned monopoly, Coal India, is changing its pricing system -- and the result will be a staggering 25 percent projected increase in the price of electricity generated with domestic coal.

Shell Finds Shale Gas In China

Posted 12.06.2011 | Green

DOHA (Reuters/Tom Bergin) - Royal Dutch Shell Plc has found shale gas in China, a development that could cap imports in a market natural gas produ...

China Will Phase Out Energy-Draining Light Bulbs

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green

BEIJING -- China will phase out power-draining light bulbs within five years in a move to make the world's biggest polluting nation more efficient but...

China's Nuclear Power Plans 'Unfazed' By Japan Disaster | Posted 10.08.2011 | Green

In the wake of the Fukushima meltdowns, some nations are looking to move away from nuclear power. But not China, which is proceeding with plans to bui...

China Overtakes U.S. As Top Energy Consumer

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green

LONDON — Global energy consumption rose in 2010 at the fastest pace since 1973, as fast-growing developing nations led a strong rebound from rec...

China Overtakes U.S. As Top Energy Consumer

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 08.08.2011 | World

LONDON — Global energy consumption rose in 2010 at the fastest pace since 1973, as fast-growing developing nations led a strong rebound from rec...

China's New Energy Goals

AP | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green

BEIJING -- China has issued new targets to curb carbon output and improve efficiency in using energy and water, state media reported Monday. A govern...

A Perfect Storm: Global Shifts in Venture Capital and Science Funding

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lucy P. Marcus

Partly a consequence of the global financial crisis, unprecedented change in venture capital and the science sector is on the cards. And it has additional consequences too.

China's Incredible Energy Achievement

AP | TINI TRAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

BEIJING — China met a five-year target to improve energy efficiency by cutting power to industry and imposing rolling blackouts, even though a m...

Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

J. Carl Ganter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
J. Carl Ganter

Climate negotiators are getting tangled-up in national distrust and diplomatic nuance while their governments are busier than ever drilling, mining, processing, and producing dirty power.

What to Make of China's Efforts to Meet Its Energy Intensity Targets

Alex Wang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alex Wang

The best thing China can do at this stage is to continue to strengthen its efforts to build internal capacity for monitoring data quality, and to share this information openly in China and on the international stage.

The End of the Big Bang

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Carl Pope

The world is not going to come together in a single grand bargain that will commit nations to the full range of needed emissions reductions in any one meeting. The problem will be solved piecemeal.

Twenty-First Century Energy Superpower: China, Energy, and Global Power

Michael T. Klare | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Michael T. Klare

If you want to know which way the global wind is blowing (or the sun shining or the coal burning), watch China. That's the news for our energy future and for the future of great-power politics on planet Earth.

Prop. 23 Shadows Gov. Schwarzenegger's Trade Mission to Asia

Wade Crowfoot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Wade Crowfoot

With the Dirty Energy ballot proposition AB 32 up for a vote, every statement Schwarzenegger makes about California as a modern business partner will come with an asterisk.

The Puzzle of Coal: American Ingenuity in the Cleaner Energy Mix

Monte Atwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Monte Atwell

Coal is our most abundant and cost effective source of power and generates half of US electricity today -- abandoning it is simply not an option.