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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.

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Matt Sheehan

The Power Politics Behind China's Climate Pledge

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 11.14.2014 | World Read More: Xi Jinping, Obama, China, Climate Change, Climate Agreement, Canada Emissions Targets, China Pollution, China Coal, China Energy, US China Pollution, US China Climate, World News

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

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Matt Sheehan

Inside China's Fight To Quit Coal

HuffingtonPost.com | Matt Sheehan | Posted 09.23.2014 | World Read More: Carbon Emissions, Coal, Greenpeace, Shaanxi China, China Coal, China Energy, China Environment, Tongchuan, Climate Change, Concrete, China, Global Warming, World News

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...

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The Great Frack Forward

| Posted 09.24.2014 | Green Read More: Energy, Fracking, Mother Jones, China Fracking, Great Frack Forward, Climate Desk, China Energy, China Fracking Mother Jones, Natural Gas, Fracking Safety, China, Green News

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...

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

Feng Zhaokui | Posted 11.26.2014 | World Read More: China Climate Change, China News, China Clean Energy, China Smog, China Climate, China Clean Environment, Generation Change, China Pollution, China Energy, China Environment, China, WorldPost Asia Pacific, WorldPost Environment, World News
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.

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Report: Water Shortages Crimp China Shale Gas Plan

AP | Posted 11.02.2014 | Green Read More: China Fossil Fuels, China Oil, China Shale Gas, China Shale Oil, China Energy, China Shale Gas Plans, China Fracking, China Natural Gas, China Shale Gas Reserves, China Gas Fracking, China Shale Gas Industry, Green News

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-...

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China's Coal Gas Boom Holds Climate Change Risks

AP | JACK CHANG | Posted 08.22.2014 | Green Read More: China Goal Gas Plants, China Climate Change, China Emissions, Coal Methane, China Coal Gas, China Energy, Coal Gasification, China Coal Gas Boom, Coal Gas, Green News

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...

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Conventional Wisdom, Coal and China

Lou Leonard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Green Read More: Carbon Emissions, World Wildlife Fund, China Energy, Renewable Energy, Climate Change, Wwf, Coal, China, Green News
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.

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Powder Keg in the Pacific

Michael T. Klare | Posted 03.24.2013 | World Read More: China Japan Relations, Japan, East China Sea, South China Sea, China, China Energy, War With China, World News
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.

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

Jeffrey Rubin | Posted 09.24.2012 | Business Read More: Cnooc, Mergers and Acquisitions, Nexen Energy, China Energy, Sinopec, Foreign Investment Review Act, Business News
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.

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The Carbon Noose Around Asia's Neck

Carl Pope | Posted 03.27.2012 | Green Read More: China Energy, China Coal Power, India Coal Power, India Energy, Coal India, India Coal Prices, Green News
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.

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Shell Finds Shale Gas In China

Posted 12.06.2011 | Green Read More: Energy, Video, China Fossil Fuels, Shale Gas, Fracking, China Shale Gas, China Energy, Natural Gas, China Natural Gas, China, Green News

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...

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China Will Phase Out Energy-Draining Light Bulbs

AP | Posted 01.04.2012 | Green Read More: Energy, Light Bulbs, China Light Bulbs, Video, Energy Efficient Light Bulbs, China Energy, China Green Energy, Green News

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...

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China's Nuclear Power Plans 'Unfazed' By Japan Disaster

e360.yale.edu | Posted 10.08.2011 | Green Read More: China Japan Energy, China Nuclear Energy, Nuclear Power, China Nuclear Power, China Energy, China Power, China Nuclear, China, Green News

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...

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China Overtakes U.S. As Top Energy Consumer

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 08.08.2011 | Green Read More: Most Energy Consumption, China US Energy Consumption, Energy, Top Energy Consumer, China Energy Consumption, China Energy, Biggest Energy Consumer, China US Energy, US Energy, US China Energy, US Energy Consumption, Green News

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

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China Overtakes U.S. As Top Energy Consumer

AP | ROBERT BARR | Posted 08.08.2011 | World Read More: China US Energy Consumption, US Energy, China US Energy, China Energy Consumer, China, China Energy, World News

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

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China's New Energy Goals

AP | Posted 05.28.2011 | Green Read More: China Water Efficiency, Energy, China Energy Efficiency, China Energy Use, China Energy Plan, China Energy, China Water Use, China Water, China, China Energy Goals, Green News

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

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

Lucy P. Marcus | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Energy, UK, Entrepreneurship, Public Policy, Research, United Kingdom, Science, United States, Biotech, Intellectual Property, China, Vc, Business, Engineering, Cleantech, Government, Innovation, Politics, China Energy, Group of Seven Economies, G-7, Business News, Startups, Clean Technology, India, Economic Growth, Life Sciences, US, Venture Capital, Economy, Corporate, Green News
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.

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China's Incredible Energy Achievement

AP | TINI TRAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Energy, China, Green Energy, China Energy Efficiency, China Energy, China Renewable Energy, China's Energy Efficiency, China Improves Energy Efficiency, Green News

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

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Cancun Climate Negotiators Anticipate Scant Progress

J. Carl Ganter | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Energy, Cancun, Copenhagen 2009, Fossil Fuels, Water, Oil, Unfccc, Climate Change, Freshwater Scarcity, Fresh Water, China, Cancun Climate Summit, Natural Gas, China Energy, United Nations, Green News
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.

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

Alex Wang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Open-Information, Climate Change, China, Blogs, Energy, China Climate Change, China Energy, Clean Energy, Pollution, Statistics, Green News
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.

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The End of the Big Bang

Carl Pope | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Christiana Figueres, Climate Disruption, Saudi Arabia, China Energy, Oil, Climate Change, Clean Energy, Carbon Pricing, BP Oil Spill, Coal, Clean Air Act, Climate Bill, Jonathan Pershing, Clinton Global Initiative, The Big Bang, Green News
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.

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

Michael T. Klare | Posted 05.25.2011 | World Read More: China Energy Policy, US China Relations, China Clean Energy, China Coal, US-China-Energy, US Energy Policy, China Energy, World News
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.

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

Wade Crowfoot | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green Read More: Clean Energy, California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, China, California, California Prop 23, Clean Energy Jobs, 2010 Elections, Economy, China Energy, Clean Technology, Arnold Schwarzenegger, California Ballot Proposition, Elections 2010, Green News
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.

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

Monte Atwell | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business Read More: Carbon Capture and Storage, Green Technology, Ghg, China Energy, Clean Energy, GE Energy, Carbon Capture, Green Energy, Gasification, Coal, Job Creation, Business News
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.

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