BURN: Politics

Rome BURNS: Russia to raise Ukranian natural gas prices

Putin

Just around lunchtime, Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian Prime Minister, sat down to chat with Aleksei Miller, the head of Gazprom, the Russian state gas monopoly. They met in a town called Gorky, outside Moscow. Gorky means “bitter” in Russian. One wonders whether the venue was intended deliberately to underline the Kremlin’s mood regarding developments in Kiev.

March 4, 2014 more »

Rome BURNS: The Ukraine-Russia Conflict Flows out of an Energy Pipeline

Ukraine protest

The Kremlin has accused the EU of seeking a sphere of influence in Ukraine. As of this writing, nobody in Putin’s camp has publicly threatened to retaliate by cutting off EU energy access. But over the weekend, as Moscow seized control of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, a spokesman for Gazprom, Russia’s state gas company, warned that Kiev is likely to lose the gas discount promised by Putin.

March 3, 2014 more »

Batteries and How They Work

Web Extra: Batteries: The Unsung Hero of Modern Man – and How They Work

Batteries are everywhere and play an integral role in our lives. They’re also way under-appreciated. Here is a simple explanation of how the Unsung Hero of Modern Man actually works.

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November 13, 2012 more »

The Power of One: Energy & The 2012 Election

This year’s election is about power — the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

September 17, 2012 more »

Major Sources of Energy: Their Advantages and Disadvantages

There is no easy answer to what is the best source of energy or electricity. Is the priority reliability, affordability, the economy, international human rights, limiting greenhouse gas emissions, preserving environmental resources, or human health?

 

 

 

 

 

It’s undeniable that today — whether we like it or not — humans…

April 22, 2012 more »

The Global Energy Mix and Policies

 On this page, you can find energy information about the world’s most populated countries: China, India, the United States, Indonesia, Brazil, Pakistan, November 10, 2011 more »

The Price of Gasoline: How it Rises and Falls

WHY GAS PRICES CHANGE

The price of gasoline fluctuates with several markets, not only the retail market of service stations. In fact, when looking at the national average gasoline at the pump, the international crude oil market is the single biggest factor determining the price.

 

 

 

THE INTERNATIONAL OIL…

November 10, 2011 more »

Comparing Sources of Energy

An infographic chart of fossils and renewable energy types, comparing costs, sources, and environmental effects.

January 4, 2011 more »

“Cap-and-Trade” and Carbon Tax Proposals

Often called “emission trading”, in a working cap-and-trade system, industries that release undesirable compounds into the air, water, or soil have limits of how much they can emit based upon pollution permits. Depending on the system, polluters either are given or have to buy their permits. The government establishes how much total pollution that the permits will grant, an umbrella cap on the economy. If an industry participant wants to release more than the permit allows, they buy the right from another industry player, if available, or perhaps face penalties, depending on the details.

November 28, 2010 more »

BURN Radio Special: The Power of Two

This year’s election is about power — the power to shape the nation’s domestic and foreign priorities; the power to lead, to legislate, to govern. Energy policy, defining how we use energy to power our economy and our lives, is among the most pressing issues for the next four years.

In this special two-hour edition…

October 4, 2010 more »