Posts tagged “Europe”
The wind farms, to be built between 2011 and 2017, will eventually add 1,500 megawatts of capacity to Romania’s energy grid.
This is a timely story, coming on the heels of the previous story on the tariffs the U.S. applies to Brazilian ethanol: European tariffs stun U.S. biodiesel industry The U.S. biodiesel industry will suffer from new trade barriers that threaten to end its lucrative export business to Europe, and in Texas the measure could be devastating. Last week, the European Commission said U.S. biodiesel exporters will now have to pay additional anti-dumping tariffs of up to 29 percent, and anti-subsidy duties of up to 41 percent. The tariffs are temporary for the next six months, but the commission will decide by this summer whether to extend them for five years. The tariffs came after complaints last year that U.S. biodiesel… Continue»
CNN has a very interesting article this morning on gas taxes, gas prices, and the impact they have had: U.S. gas: So cheap it hurts First, a couple of tables that show how gas prices differ around the world: Most expensive places to buy gas Rank Country Price/gal 1. Sierra Leone $18.422. Aruba $12.033. Bosnia-Herzegovina $10.864. Eritrea $9.585. Norway $8.736. United Kingdom $8.387. Netherlands $8.378. Monaco $8.319. Iceland $8.2810. Belgium $8.22111. United States $3.45 Where gasoline is cheapest Rank Country Price/gal 1. Venezuela 12 cents2. Iran 40 cents3. Saudi Arabia 45 cents4. Libya 50 cents5. Swaziland 54 cents6. Qatar 73 cents7. Bahrain 81 cents8. Russia 88 cents9. Egypt 89 cents10. Kuwait 90 cents45. United States $3.45 On the impact of… Continue»
I read a nice opinion piece a few days ago in the Buffalo News (1). It was written by John Paul Rossi, a history professor at Penn State Erie. The essay addressed the need for increasing the fuel efficiency standards in the U.S. Professor Rossi writes: One of the reasons the United States is so dependent on foreign oil today is that Americans have replaced reasonably fuel-efficient cars with vans, pickups and SUVs, which average 21 mpg. This trend can be reversed by providing motor vehicle manufacturers and American consumers with incentives to purchase more fuel-efficient vehicles and discourage purchase of gas guzzlers. A study by the Consumer Federation of America points out that “an increase of 5 miles per… Continue»