Rhein on Energy and Climate

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A barrel of oil todaycosts more than twice the price a year ago and 10 times as much as 10 years ago. Since the 1970s we have not seen such a steep price increase in such a short time. Understandably, this worries many people. Central bankers worry about the impact on inflation. The price of… » 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

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

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