The Great Energy Challenge Energy News

The Great Energy Challenge Energy News

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How Green Are Those Solar Panels, Really?
As the world seeks cleaner power, solar energy capacity has increased sixfold in the past five years. Yet manufacturing all those solar panels, a Tuesday report shows, can have environmental downsides.   Fabricating the panels requires caustic chemicals such as sodium hydroxide and hydrofluoric acid, and the process uses water as well as electricity, the production of...
Nov 11, 2014 4:20 PM ET
Election Results Make U.S. Congress Action on Climate Change Even Less Likely
In the green hills and gray hollows of Kentucky's well-mined mountains, the economy of extracting coal from the fuel-rich ground isn't what it once was. Yet Mitch McConnell, a longtime senator poised to become majority leader of the U.S. Senate in a Congress that will be fully controlled by his Republican Party come January, has found political fortune in those hills. He successfully...
Nov 6, 2014 4:45 PM ET
Blocked on the Keystone XL, the Oil-Sands Industry Looks East
The oil-sands industry in Alberta has a problem: It's capable of producing more oil than it can get to market. It has tried building new pipelines south into the United States—the famous Keystone XL project—and west to British Columbia. But both projects are stalled and face stiff opposition. Now a battle is heating up over the latest proposal: a 2,858-mile-long pipeline to Canada's east coast...
Oct 27, 2014 12:00 PM ET
Nobel Prize Goes to Inventors of Blue LED: Why It Was Revolutionary
The 2014 Nobel Prize in physics went Tuesday to three scientists who gave lighting a makeover by inventing blue LED lights. The award recognizes a seemingly commonplace innovation, but one that has paved the way for a sea change in lighting efficiency that is under way around the world. Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano, and Shuji Nakamura developed the blue light-emitting diode (LED) in...
Oct 9, 2014 2:45 PM ET
Can Egypt's Crisis Help Clean Energy Gain Traction?
CAIRO—On a hot, hazy Thursday in early September, life in the Egyptian capital ground to a jarring halt.   Two of the three metro lines came to a standstill, several popular cable networks were knocked off the air, and the nightly Sound and Light show for tourists at the Giza Pyramids went dark. Most residents were left to stew for hours with intermittent air-...
Oct 6, 2014 8:00 AM ET

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