Category Archives: DoE

Afasa eagerly awaiting biofuels position paper publication, ready to participate

Engineering News, 22 April, 2014.

he African Farmers Association of South Africa (Afasa) on Tuesday said it welcomed the announcement made by the Department of Energy that the final biofuels position paper would be published next month, stating that it was ready to meaningfully participate in the first phase of the biofuels industry programme…

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The Fracking Industry Faces Its Climate Demon

National Journal USA, 17 April, 2014.

BUFFALO TOWNSHIP, Pa.—On a flat, roughly one-acre square cut into a hilltop in the rolling farmlands, four natural-gas wells sit adjacent boxy machines that separate wastewater and hydrocarbons sucked from the ground over two square miles.

Attached to those boxes are gauges small enough to easily escape notice. But they’re of outsize importance: They measure methane—a greenhouse gas over 20 times more potent than carbon dioxide—and other emissions. Controlling methane is key to lowering the climate footprint of the natural-gas industry and its efforts to sell itself as the environmentally friendly fossil fuel.

A study by Purdue and Cornell university researchers released this week found that seven well pads in a Pennsylvania region surveyed were producing emissions that are 100 to 1,000 times EPA estimates.

The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences notes that these high-emitting wells are just a tiny fraction of the total wells in the region, but account for as much as 30 percent of the methane in the area surveyed by plane to detect plumes…


ASA complaint filed relating to DoE nuclear promotional material

Engineering News, 16 April, 2014.

DOE must supply proof of affordability to advertise in this way

South African nonprofit environmental organisation Project 90 by 2030 has filed a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) of South Africa against the Department ofEnergy’s (DoE’s) recent promotion of nuclear energy.

“The DoE statement that ‘nuclear power is a clean, safe, affordable and reliable source of energy’ printed on promotional materials, such as notebooks and water bottles, together with the department’s logo was not objectively substantiated with up-to-date and current documentary evidence, such as feasibility or affordability studies with relevance to the South African context,” Project 90 by 2030’s head of policy Robert Fischer said.



Desmond Tutu calls for anti-apartheid style boycott of fossil fuel industry

The Guardian 10 April, 2014.

Nobel peace prize winner calls for organisations to cut ties with industry and for investors to dump fossil fuel stocks.

Desmond Tutu

Desmond Tutu: ‘We have allowed the interests of capital to outweigh the interests of human beings and our Earth.’ Photograph: -/AFP/Getty Images
Archbishop Desmond Tutu has called for an anti-apartheid-style boycott and disinvestment campaign against the fossil fuel industry for driving global warming, just days ahead of a landmark UN report on how carbon emissions can be slashed…