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Separating Myth from Reality: A Closer Look at the Energy Efficiency Panacea

Separating Myth from Reality: A Closer Look at the Energy Efficiency Panacea

As contributor Jude Clemente points out, energy efficiency is an important aspect of any modern energy system. It is not, however, a panacea for solving all energy and power supply and demand challenges. Historical evidence points to the fact that energy efficiency at the micro-level doesn’t reduce overall energy demand on a macro-level. This can be seen in the oil market where, as prices rise and fall, in spite of efficiency gains in automotive technologies measured by miles-per-gallon, consumers adjust their buying habits accordingly e.g. buying more gas as prices fall and curtailing spending when the price of gas goes up. However, in the vehicle market, despite efficiency gains over the last three decades, Americans are driving more and consuming more oil than ever before. Clemente’s article explores energy efficiency in the United States across three domains: the macro-economy, the v...

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Nuclear Energy in Asia: A Post-Fukushima Perspective

Countries around the world are revisiting their nuclear safety procedures in the wake of the Japanese earthquake and its impact on the Fukushima nuclear facility. Little has been made of the fact, however, that the facility withstood the effects of the unprecedented 9.1 magnitude earthquake only to succumb to the tsunami that it unleashed. What the impact that these events will have on the further development of nuclear power in Asia, a technology viewed as critical by many Asian governments in combating energy import dependence and atmospheric pollution, is the subject of this contribution by Hooman Peimani at the National University of Singapore.

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Arctic Energy: Pathway to Conflict or Cooperation in the High North?

Arctic Energy: Pathway to Conflict or Cooperation  in the High North?

As Arctic ice melts, there is increasing interest in the High North region as an area of potential exploitation of hidden oil and gas reserves. We have previously reported on the potential for conflict among littoral Arctic states. JES contributor Hong Nong updates this perspective in speculating that rather than energy in the Arctic being a catalyst for conflict, these resources may become a driver for cooperation among states in the region and among and between non-Arctic regional actors as well.

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The Prospects and the Perils of Beaufort Sea Oil: How Canada is Dealing with Its High North

The Prospects and the Perils of Beaufort Sea Oil: How Canada is Dealing with Its High North

Tapping the rewards of Arctic oil may not be undone by geopolitics but rather by the hard-knuckled climatic, technological, and geophysical challenges of tapping this black gold. Buried thousands of meters beneath the Beaufort Sea's surface, engineers face a huge bouquet of hurdles that Mother Nature has put in man's way to reach this offshore oil in Canada's High North. Canadian energy expert, Doug Matthews takes us through some of the icy challenges facing man and machine in adding to Canada's energy security in this most daunting of places.

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