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China drafts 10-year ‘green energy’ plan

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The Associated Press March 2, 2010, 1:14AM ET

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China plans to have “clean energy” account for 15 percent of its total consumption under a 10-year renewable energy promotion program soon to be made public, a state-run newspaper cites the head of the country’s National Energy Administration as saying.

The government will spend billions of dollars on building nuclear and solar power plants, wind farms and on research into renewable energy technology, Zhang Guobao said in Tuesday’s edition of the China Daily.

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March 2nd, 2010 at 12:37 pm

China invests heavily in energy-rich states

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As China continues its almost meteoric rise in economic development, it continues to be very forward looking, and fairly aggressive, in securing the resources it will need to accomplish this development. Energy is obviously key. China’s development and energy issues have been the subject of several posts on this site, and are of personal and professional interest to me due to the enormous impact they will have on global development and energy issues.

The Three Gorges Dam, the largest hydroelectric facility in the world, is a major factor in China’s development process, and has also flooded many archeological and cultural sites, and displaced as many as 1.25 million people. China is also a world leader in other clean energy technology development, such as solar and wind power. Yet, all of these efforts combined are still not sufficient to satiate their growing appetite for energy resources domestically, which moves this beyond energy issues, into the realms of foreign policy and international politics.

As the article below points out, relations between China and the U.S. have occasionally been strained as the U.S. pressures China to fall in line on pressuring Iran to forgo their efforts toward nuclear weapons. China however, hungry to secure Iran’s considerable petroleum resources, is reluctant to do anything that might jeopardize its relationship with Tehran.

It is indeed a fascinating time to be alive, even if that fascination sometimes turns a little bit frightening.

By Syed Rashid Husain
Sunday, 14 Feb, 2010

Employees of China National Petroleum Corporation carry out routine checks at a gas refinery in Suining, Sichuan province. China is the world’s fourth largest crude oil producer but it is buying up energy assets across the globe and offering loans to several producing countries because of its rising demand. – Reuters/File photo

RIYADH: The quest for energy is making it more difficult for Beijing to go hand in hand with Washington on Tehran. Despite the crude demand in the developing world stagnating, energy supply security has assumed to be a major strategic concern for Beijing.

Last year, China imported 204 million tons of crude oil, up 13.9 per cent from a year earlier. Its January crude imports of 17.11 million tons, was 33 per cent higher than a year earlier. And in December 2009 its imports hit a record 21.26 million tons, up 47.9 per cent year-on-year.

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China Leading Global Race to Make Clean Energy

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More news about China. There are many arguments, many of which I agree with, claiming that increased government intervention stifles innovation and an effective free market. Yet, in terms of energy, the world leaders are probably Germany and China, socialist and communist countries, respectively. How can this be?

Shiho Fukada for The New York Times

As China takes the lead on wind turbines, above, and solar panels, President Obama is calling for American industry to step up.

Published: January 30, 2010

TIANJIN, China — China vaulted past competitors in Denmark, Germany, Spain and the United States last year to become the world’s largest maker of wind turbines, and is poised to expand even further this year.

China has also leapfrogged the West in the last two years to emerge as the world’s largest manufacturer of solar panels. And the country is pushing equally hard to build nuclear reactors and the most efficient types of coal power plants.

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February 1st, 2010 at 4:15 pm

Rising Angola

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Energy is at the heart of Angola’s situation. Oil is providing a huge boon to their economy, and now the fruits of this growth are being enjoyed by a wider proportion of the population.The investments China is making in Angola are also interesting to note as China sets the stage so that it may become the world’s next superpower.

Oil, glorious oil

The country’s breakneck growth is slowly benefiting the masses

Jan 28th 2010 | LUANDA | From The Economist print edition


TWO years ago, oil-rich Angola was reckoned to have one of the world’s fastest-growing economies. In both 2006 and 2007 real GDP had surged by around 20%, and double-digit growth rates were widely predicted for at least the next five years. Then oil prices crashed with the global recession. Last year the economy is estimated to have grown, at best, by 1.5%. But it is bouncing back. Some say Angola will be among the world’s top five performers again this year, with growth exceeding 8%.

After four decades of strife, Angola was a basket case. A 14-year war of independence against its former Portuguese masters until 1975 had been followed by nearly three decades of fighting between the communist Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola (MPLA) and Jonas Savimbi’s pro-Western National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA) that ended in 2002. Out of a population of 7m in 1980, some 1.5m were killed and more than 4m forced to flee their homes. A whole generation had missed their education. Infrastructure, political institutions and social services had to be rebuilt, often from scratch.

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February 1st, 2010 at 3:55 pm

The West’s recession spurs China’s hunt for energy supplies in its own backyard

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Localizing energy sources is key to independence and security. The alliances forming between China and other countries also stretch far beyond the energy realm.

Jan 28th 2010 | ALMATY | From The Economist print edition

DURING his first visit to Kazakhstan in 1996, Jiang Zemin was reportedly amused to learn that his Central Asian neighbour, the ninth-largest country in the world by land mass, had a population of only around 15m. “You probably all know each other,” China’s then president is said to have quipped to his hosts. With its population of 1.3 billion, China naturally thinks on a grand scale. This is what the five countries of Central Asia—Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan—both admire and fear. Like Russia, looking to its own far east, they worry about Chinese expansionism.

But for most of the 18 years since the Soviet Union’s break-up, China has taken a back seat in the fierce competition between Russia and America for influence in this resource-rich region. In 2009, with the energy needs of its burgeoning economy continually growing, it woke up to new opportunities in its western backyard.

Booming China had not exactly been neglecting Central Asia, but its priorities had lain elsewhere. Since the global financial crisis left Russia and America struggling with their budgets, China has loosened its purse strings to offer Central Asia a helping hand. Its money has been welcome. From a Central Asian point-of-view, Chinese credit offers an additional advantage over the Western kind: it comes with no annoying political strictures.

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January 30th, 2010 at 2:01 pm

Brazil’s Petrobras In Ethanol Cooperative Pact With Petrochina

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The triangle of resource and labor exchanges between China, Brazil, and the United States merits close monitoring. When I began my PhD three and a half years ago, an unrealized goal was to learn Mandarin. Learning the languages of math, biology, physics, and chemistry, while continuing with Portuguese and Spanish, took a bit too much time for learning another language, which is fine as I already do more than enough traveling. Bringing biofuels to China even further into that mix adds an interesting dimension. The possibility of technology transfer and information sharing would be a much more efficient use of energy than China importing Brazilian ethanol.

DECEMBER 23, 2009, 11:06 A.M. ET

RIO DE JANEIRO (Dow Jones)–Brazil oil giant Petrobras and its biofuels subsidiary Petrobras Biocombustivel have signed a memorandum of understanding, or MOU,, with China’s Petrochina International Co. Ltd. (PTR) to cooperate in the ethanol sector.

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December 24th, 2009 at 12:28 pm

What’s Necessary To Compete For Clean Energy Jobs

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To say the least, I am nervous about the amount of spending happening in Washington under the Obama administration. It seems so simple to most of us on the outside: If the investments in energy, healthcare, or anything else, can be shown to repay themselves in the near future with savings, if the efficiency of the systems can be improved so as to reduce waste and make the systems more effective, then the investments are wise. There are also other options to government spending, as we have seen the willingness of private investors and even some of the major oil firms to put money into advancing emerging energy technologies. I would love to leave behind as many energy options to my grandchildren as possible. I would not like to leave them an exorbitant federal deficit. Are these mutually exclusive?


December 7, 2009

By Rep. Ed Markey, D-Mass.

Chairman, House Select Committee on Energy Independence and Global Warming

The winds of change blow into Copenhagen this week, as the United States and 200 other nations will meet for the UN Climate Conference. Copenhagen will indicate which nations are serious about energy security, ending oil addiction, cutting carbon pollution and creating clean energy jobs.

This week, I am pleased to host this discussion on the NationalJournal.com Copenhagen Insider blog, as I believe Copenhagen will reset both the international and domestic debate for the next year. To get started, here are two key areas to watch:

New U.S. Leadership

President Obama arrives in Copenhagen next week, with a refreshing new message for the world:  The United States is ready to be the leader, not the laggard, in the clean energy economy. He will back up this proclamation by proposing a carbon pollution reduction target in the range of 17 percent by 2020 and investment proposals to create clean energy jobs and technology at home that can be spread to other nations to help cut global warming pollution.

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