Industry News

Weighing Obama’s SOTUS Proposal: More Oil Drilling to Fund Clean Energy
Jim Snyder- Bloomberg Febraury 14, 2013

President Barack Obama’s proposal to fund clean-energy research with fees paid by oil and gas producers is renewing a debate over whether the promise of innovation tomorrow is worth expanding drilling today.

Obama’s “Energy Security Trust” — which he announced this week in the State of the Union address — would redirect about $200 million in royalties for drilling on federal lands to pay for the development of biofuels, electric batteries and cars and {Read More…}

Failure to Launch? Gulf Food Security Initiatives
Eckart Woertz – Gulf Research Center February 5, 2013

Gulf countries are food secure, yet they constantly worry about food security, which they erroneously equate with food self-sufficiency. Their most salient food-related challenge pertains to an abundance of calories not lack thereof: their obesity rates are among the highest in the world. They have plenty of oil revenues to pay for necessary food imports. However, the reliance on food imports can be risky, as the global food crisis of 2008 showed when major food {Read More…}

IRENA Assembly Paves the Way for Renewable Energy Future
Outreach Magazine, January 2013

IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin presented the Annual Report of the Director-General for 2012 and said the year had bought both opportunities and challenges for renewable energy. He emphasised IRENA’s key involvement in the UN Secretary-General’s Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, saying that some of IRENA’s flagship activities, including the Renewables Readiness Assessments and the Global Renewable Energy Atlas were now an integral part of the SE4ALL agenda. He revealed IRENA’s plan to chart the way forward to double the world’s share of renewable energy by 2030 with {Read More…}