Commentary

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    Feb 11, 2014 | Sarah Battaglia
    As we move into the second week of 2014, most of us start to veer away from our New Year's resolutions. (Who enjoys counting calories, anyway?) Instead, we shift our focus toward what's really important: the Winter Olympics! Hosting this year's Games is Sochi, Russia, and in order to arrange the best Olympic Games we've seen, the city needs to prepare for the masses.
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    Feb 10, 2014 | Rick Barnett
    The value of energy efficiency has been documented and expressed countless times. A recent example can be found in Energy Manager Today: "NY Property Owner Retrofits with LED's, Saves $300,000 Per Year".
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    Feb 07, 2014 | Bennett Fisher
    Across the United States, the utility industry is facing increasing energy efficiency goals for 2014 and beyond. To achieve these goals, utilities must tap into the market segment that represents the greatest opportunity for energy savings over the next 10 years - the commercial building market.
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    Feb 06, 2014 | Davis Swan
    In previous postings I have expressed my concerns about the relative return on investment and the economic fairness of roof-top solar panels. But I am also a big fan of solar power which is, after all, the most abundant and the most reliable energy source that we have at our disposal.
  • Feb 05, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    Of late every pseudo-scientific wordsmith between Lapland and the Capetown (South Africa) Navy Yard is competing for a place on what they perceive as the shale gravy train. Even the chief economic commentator of the (London) Financial Times, Mr Martin Wolf, has signed on as a supporter of that resource, even though he doesn't know the difference between gas and a hole in the ground.
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    Jan 30, 2014 | Alan Caruba
    The Obama administration's relentless war on the nation's coal industry and on the electrical power generation plants that depend upon it is one aspect of his war on America that doesn't receive the attention it deserves. There is literally no basis, no justification for it, and yet the mainstream media tends to take little notice or supports it.
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    Jan 29, 2014 | Harry Valentine
    Throughout the 20th century and up to the present day the Re South Africa was and is the leading economy on the African continent. During the latter 20th century, the South African GNP/GDP exceeded the sum total GNP/GDP of all other African nations located between South Africa's northern border and the Sahara Desert.
  • Jan 28, 2014 | Ferdinand E. Banks
    A Wall Street Journal analysis of global data has apparently claimed that the United States (U.S.) will soon surpass Russia as the largest (combined) producer of oil and natural gas in the world.
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    Jan 27, 2014 | Steve Goreham
    At the end of last year, representatives Jared Polis (D Colorado), Ben Ray Lujan (D New Mexico), and Ann Kuster (D New Hampshire) introduced the National Renewable Electricity Act of 2013 (RES Act), into the US House of Representatives. The act mandates that all US retail electrical suppliers buy an increasing amount of electricity from renewable energy sources, or pay fines for the shortfall. But if the law is passed, it will raise electricity prices for Americans for questionable environmental gains.
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    Jan 24, 2014 | Gilbert L. Hamberg
    Shakespeare stated that "beauty is in the eye of the beholder". Similarly, it probably will require a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court to resolve the conflicting decisions now appearing in U.S. District and Bankruptcy Courts over the issue whether the sale of electricity is a goods or service under Section 503(b )(9) of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code.