Another chapter on the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas

April 29, 2010

While the world watched with empathy the tragedy that struck Poland and reacted to the fallout from the billowing smoke coming out of the unpronounceable volcano in Iceland, another chapter in President Obama’s Energy and Climate Partnership of the Americas (ECPA) was written earlier this month in Washington. At its essence, ECPA was supposed to reconfigure US relations in the hemisphere – with energy at the start. Read the rest of this entry »

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Secretary Clinton Announces New Energy Partnerships

April 16, 2010

Remarks made by Secretary Clinton yesterday at the InterAmerican Development Bank on the occasion of the preparatory meetings of the Energy and Climate Partnership for the Americas. Video is also available.

SECRETARY CLINTON: Well, thank you very much, Luis Alberto, and to everyone here at IDB. Thank you for hosting this important gathering. And I am delighted to see so many friends in the audience representing not only the important work that we talk about today, but the partnership across our hemisphere. And I know that Secretary Chu spoke with you this morning and someone’s already told me that he was the funniest physicist you’ve ever heard from. (Laughter.) And I have to agree, probably the funniest Nobel Prize Laureate as well. Read the rest of this entry »


Oil groups mount legal challenge to Schwarzenegger’s tar sands ban

February 14, 2010

As the SugarCane Blog discussed on February 2nd, today’s article penned by Terry Macalister, the U.K. Guardian’s energy editor, looks at lawsuits against the California LCFS. It follows what we expected, as posted in the three companion pieces: “California’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard hit the Energy Sector”, “California LCFS: new hurdles for Canada’s Oil Sands” , and “California LCFS: want to comply? Buy sugar cane ethanol” .

A lobby group that includes BP and Shell in its membership has launched a legal challenge against low-carbon legislation in California that in effect rules out the use of oil from Canadian tar sands. The action by the National Petrochemical & Refiners Association (NPRA) comes amid growing political, investor and consumer pressure on US oil companies not to participate in the carbon-intensive tar sands of Alberta. Read the Rest of this Entry >>


Castro’s Favourite Capitalist

November 11, 2009

Will Sherritt International come to regret dealing with Communist Cuba? CEO Ian Delaney doesn’t think so. This article by Rachel Pulfer, was published in the December issue of Walrus Magazine.

The sun is rising over Old Havana, but the man standing at the balcony rail is in the shade. He gazes out over the city’s crumbling rooftops but seems oblivious to the sun-washed beauty of the harbour. His stare is blank, disengaged. He will give only his first name, Rodolfo. He is the operator of the camera obscura. One of many curiosities in the old port, the centuries-old technology uses a system of mirrors to project a 360-degree view of the exterior onto a bowl-shaped interior screen. Fidel Castro reportedly had the camera installed to ensure that he could see all parts of Havana from a protected vantage point. It’s now a tourist attraction. See the rest of the entry >>


The G20 to phase-out fossil-fuel subsidies – a breakthrough

October 10, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Dr. David Runnalls, President of the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD).  It was first posted on the CIGI09 Blog. CIGI09 is the Centre for International Governance Innovation’s annual conference. This year the discussion centered on an examination of the systemic impacts of the global economic crisis.

Summits of world leaders produce multiple photo opportunities, snarled traffic, and endless fodder for pundits. They also, on occasion, yield pathbreaking initiatives. A case in point is the recent announcement by the leaders of the Group of Twenty (G20), meeting on 24-25 September 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to: Read the rest of this entry »


Change at Pemex: Shuffling deck chairs or deepening reform

September 16, 2009

This posting is a guest contribution by Jeremy Martin, director of the Institute of the Americas’ Energy Program . It was also published at MexBizNews, the website for Mexican business news.

President Calderon began the new legislative season and second half of his Sexenio with an impassioned Informe (Mexico’s State of the Union address). Most interesting, two weeks on, were his surprising comments aimed at the oil sector and Pemex. Read the rest of this entry »


Petrobras CEO Gabrielli on: Brazil energy outlook, the deal with China, biofuels and more…

August 13, 2009

Carin Zissis, guest contributor
This posting is a courtesy of the Americas Society/Council of the Americas and by permission of Petrobras.

“[W]e are far and ahead of almost all countries in the world in the use of renewable sources of energy right now.”

In an exclusive interview, Petrobras CEO and President José Sergio Gabrielli de Azevedo talked with AS/COA Online Managing Editor Carin Zissis about Brazil as one of the world’s top oil and ethanol producers, his firm’s business plan, and global partnerships. Read the rest of this entry »