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The recent steep rise of food prices has caused extra hardship to hundreds of millions of poor citizens and unfamiliar political pressure on many governments across the earth. But it has led to a new clash between the “Rich” and the “Poor” on earth and thereby added a new dimension to the age-old struggle for… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On July 1st, Russia will have completed the first part of its power sector reform, the separation of electricity generation from transmission. The Federal Grid Company, 100 percent owned by the Russian State, will have the monopoly of power transmission, while power generation will lie in the hands of several, mostly big generation companies, owned… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The announcement by NISSAN to produce electric cars as of 2010, though in small numbers to start with, does not come as a surprise. In the long run, there is no better alternative to the combustion engine. The earth will run out of oil in the near future. After 2050, oil will become so scarce… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development was created in 1991, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, to bolster the economic development in the Central and Eastern Europe. During the first 16 years of its existence it has extended loans to business and the public sector for an amount of $ 27 billion. It… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

By 2010 latest China will have overtaken the USA as the biggest emitter of C02. That is inescapable, as its emissions keep rising with the ultra-rapid increase of its GDP, while those of the USA have started flattening thanks to slower growth and rising energy efficiency. Both countries combined account for around 40 percent of… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

On May 6th, Wendy Brown, the leader of the Scottish Labour Party, has announced that she wants a referendum on Scottish independence. She hopes thereby to enhance the poor standing of her party compared to the Scottish Nationalist Party. Most probably such a referendum will never take place, and if it did, a majority would… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The nominal price of a barrel oil has passed another magic barrier: $ 125 for the first time in history. It is no longer a question if the price of oil will reach the cap of $ 200 per barrel, but rather when. They are bound to continue their inexorable boom of the past 10… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Belgium and most parts of Europe register almost summerly temperatures since the beginning of May, in Belgium up to 10 centigrades higher than the long-term average. We all feel happy about ample sunshine and warmth. Few people ask if this is normal. Most of us are unaware that the period between May 9 and 15… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

Economists keep telling us that demand is insensitive to oil price changes because consumers are so hooked on petrol that they are ready to pay any price. Recent experience in the USA seems to prove them wrong, provided there is a jumbo price rise. Under the impact of the doubling of oil prices over the… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein

The extent of climate change on earth hinges decisively on the outcome of the US elections on November 4th. Without a radical reversal of US energy and climate policy, expectations for a satisfactory outcome of the International Climate Conference in Copenhagen in early December 2009 look bleak. Never before did US presidential and Congressional elections… » read more

Posted by Eberhard Rhein