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Trends Impacting the Acceptance of Clean Energy Technology

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Collection of news stories that reflect thematic movement in the world toward acceptance of clean, alternative, and even hitherto marginalized 'free energy' technologies.

Stories in 2005

Declining Energy Reserves and Economic Downturn - Daniel Estulin reports for Nexus on the most recent Bilderberg ultra-rich-and-influential meeting and their discussion of what to do about the oil scarcity problem. (ZPEnergy Oct. 9, 2005)

[Supposedly this report was a "breaking the silence" situation. I can't help but think that the powers that be want the world to be panicked about oil prices so they can ratchet them up even higher, even while the actual situation is not as dire as is being portrayed.]

China's renewable energy grows 25% annually - As of 2004, China claims 110 million kw hydropower 760 megawatt wind power 60 megawatt solar photovoltaic batteries, and over 11 million household biomass pools. (Xinhua Sept. 27, 2005)

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Investment in energy R&D declines despite supply problems, soaring prices - US investments in energy research and development have steadily dropped in the last two decades, as reflected in the federal budget and in investments by US companies. (PESN Sept. 27, 2005)

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DOE Expected to Slash Budget for Wind, Geothermal, CSP Solar - Rumors have been circulating among those with an ear to energy issues in Washington, DC, that deep budget cuts are likely in a wide range of renewable energy technologies as the government seeks a way to pay for all its expenditures without increasing revenue. (Renewable Energy Access Sept. 27, 2005)

Share of Renewables is Identical in Developed and Developing Countries - World Resources Institute says both developed and developing nations around the world derive 0.7% of their energy from renewables in 2001. Other comparative data presented. (Refocus Weekly Sept. 7, 2005)

Alt Energy Stocks Surging Along with Oil Prices - Alternative energy has long been dismissed as too expensive to be practical, but with oil hovering around $65 a barrel, solar energy and fuel cells are starting to look positively affordable. (Deseret News Sept. 12, 2005) (Thanks Susan Carter) (See also Forbes Sept. 8, 2005)

As Oil Prices Rise, Asia Sees Sense in Going Green - Across the region, renewable energy such as solar, wind and geothermal power is gaining ever greater credence as a way to curb the region's appetite for oil and cut runaway import bills. (Reuters Sept. 9, 2005)

World Running Out of Time for Oil Alternatives- The world could run out of time to develop cleaner alternatives to oil and other fossil fuels before depletion drives prices through the roof, a leading Dutch energy researcher said. (Reuters Aug. 7, 2005)

World Averages 13.3% of Primary Energy from Renewables - Five countries in the world obtain more than half of their renewable energy from non-hydro and non-biomass technologies. (Refocus Weekly August 10, 2005)

Industry Wants European Hydrogen Development Boost - Politicians, academics and corporate executives say that Europe should boost its public investments in hydrogen and fuel cells to pave the way for a future with cleaner cars and renewable energy. (Reuters July 11, 2005)

New Energy Sources More Important than Conservation - Rasmussen report survey shows that two-thirds (66%) of Americans say developing new energy sources is more important that conserving energy. (ZPEnergy June 29, 2005)

Yale poll reveals overwhelming public desire for new energy policy direction - 92% of Americans say that they are worried about dependence on foreign oil. 93% of Americans want government to develop new energy technologies and require auto industry to make cars and trucks that get better gas mileage... (PESN June 11, 2005)

Mini-generators fill demand for clean energy, alternative power - Wind, wood chips, hydro sources augment grid energy by a few hundred kW in New England. In a state with mandates for clean energy, regulators a swamped with requests to certify "green" energy. (Newsday/AP May 29, 2005)

Thais' to Invest $20 Billion in Energy Sector in 4 Years - Energy Master Plan will focus on three areas -- optimising use of hydrocarbon fuels, boosting energy efficiency and increasing the use of renewable energy resources. (Reuters May 17, 2005)

Samsoe, the 'green energy' island - The 4,400 residents of the island aim for 100 renewable energy within 10 years. (Malay Mail May 8, 2005)

Investors at UN Meet Pledge $1 Billion in Clean Energy - US and British institutional investors who collectively manage over $3 trillion in assets pledged on Tuesday to invest $1 billion in clean energy companies in an effort to reduce risks posed by climate change. (Reuters May 11, 2005)

[Most of that will go to mainstream solutions like wind and hybrid manufacturers.]

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The New Power Generation - Soccer moms, taco shops, even real estate developers - mainstream America is starting to pull the plug and rely on homegrown solar energy. Call it the dawn of the hygrid age. 185,000 U.S. households have switched. (Wired May 2005)

Nine of 10 consumers environment-conscious - 90% of respondents in New York consider environmental and health factors when making purchases, according to (, April 24,2005)

Wall Street to Address Financing of National Energy Security and Climate Change - June 23-24 meeting to develop plans for financing the reduction of oil imports, improving the environment, and answering the threat of climate change in a conference entitled "Renewable Energy Finance Forum - Wall Street". (Renewable Energy Access New York April 19, 2005)

Renewable energy would be a moneymaker for state - Report says Arizona would reap thousands of new jobs, cleaner skies and more revenues for rural areas if renewable energy became a major source of power. (Arizona Daily Sun April 16, 2005)

Biodiesel Study Looks at Home Heating Market - Internet based home heating oil company commissioned to conduct a market research project evaluating the price tolerance of consumers to convert to biodiesel and other environmentally friendly fuels for home heating use. (Renewable Energy Access New York April. 4, 2005)


A Naked Energy Gap - The National Review Online says steps need to be taken now because the United States is open to severe economic dislocation and possibly dire national-security threats as a result of its excessive reliance on imported oil. ('CBS'' March 29, 2005)

Green building goes commercial - "Green building is really no longer a niche," SRM project manager Laura Billings said. "It is really exploding in growth. Very soon we think this will be standard practice." (The Argus, California March 21, 2005)

Utility Pollution Bill Stalls in Senate Committee- A Bush administration plan to cut air pollution from coal-fired power plants failed to pass the Senate Environment Committee Wednesday, a setback for a bill that critics said favors the utility industry over public health. (Reuters March 10, 2005)

The Next Big Race - After nuclear arms, is Energy next? The quest for cheap, clean, responsible energy. (Slate March 1, 2005)

Hybrid cars in at this year's Oscar ceremony - Nominees Leonardo DiCaprio, Natalie Portman and Morgan Freeman among other celebrities will be arriving in Toyota Prius hybrids instead of gas-guzzling limousines. (Reality TV World, California Feb. 28, 2005)

Asia Pushes Ahead on Biofuel, Despite Cost - Faced with too many crops and not enough oil, Asian governments are promoting biofuels as a way to cut costly fuel imports. (Reuters Feb. 28, 2005)

White House Budget Slashes Clean Energy - Contradicts most recent State of the Union address that called for "reliable supplies of affordable, environmentally responsible energy," and that urged Congress to "pass legislation that makes America more secure and less dependent on foreign energy." (Renewable Energy Access Feb. 28, 2005)

[Conflict of oil interests billions from Saudis to Bush family]

Generators might be in homes of the future - Generators, used for decades by hospitals and other businesses, are coming home. (Bradenton Herald, Florida Feb. 27, 2005)

UK to abandon H2 research? - "You don’t need a seat at the table for everything." Looking to other countries to do the development instead. (Sunday Herald Feb. 20, 2005) (Thanks H2O Power)

University creates Alternative Energy Research Chair - University of Manitoba has created a research chair that will focus on developing ways to integrate leading-edge alternative energy technologies into the electricity sector. (Renewable Energy Access Feb. 4, 2005)

No Tomorrow By Bill Moyers - Addresses the substantial cross section of America's religious right that not only is not concerned about global warming and environmental destruction but actually welcomes it as a sign of the times. (ZPEnergy Feb. 3, 2005)

'Alt-fuel' use ebbing - But U.S. demand is still high for hybrid vehicles - Automakers backing away from alt fuel vehicles. Environmentalists say they have not done enough to promote them. (Deseret News / AP Jan. 18, 2005)

Theme for Environmental Inaugural Ball in DC: - 5th Environmental Inaugural Ball to be held January 20th in Washington D.C. (Renewable Energy Access Jan. 11, 2005)

Venture Capitalists on Hunt for Alt. Energy Breakthroughs - Statistics that show an increase in venture capital in U.S., from 0.8% in 1999 to 2.4% in 2004. Silicon Valley, California venture capitalists are especially keen on the trend. (The Mercury News Jan. 9, 2005)