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As Iraq’s Abadi Reshuffles Cabinet, Energy Companies See Opening For New Leadership

The Iraqi government is undergoing its biggest shakeup since the rise of the Islamic State group two years ago. Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi says he is trying to curtail endemic corruption by appointing a new Cabinet filled with technocrats, but his efforts have so far failed: Several of his nominees have refused to accept his […]

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Sovereign-Debt Conundrum Sets Up EU for Banking-Union Stalemate

Europe’s drive to deepen integration of the euro-area banking system has bogged down as policy makers debate ways to rein in banks’ holdings of government debt.

Source:  Bloomberg, 2016/04/14

By |April 19th, 2016|Categories: News|Tags: , , |

Eurozone Escaped From Deflation in March

The eurozone’s latest encounter with deflation has proved to be briefer than first thought, with revised figures for March recording that consumer prices were unchanged compared with a year earlier.

Source:  WSJ, 2016/04/14

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EU to discuss capping banks’ sovereign debt exposure -document

European Union finance ministers will discuss putting a cap on banks’ exposure to sovereign debt when they meet next week, an EU document said, confirming what officials told Reuters earlier this week.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/04/15

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Bill threatens Polish wind power, warns industry

Hopes on the part of investors, oil companies and oil exporting nations for a negotiated “freeze” in global output melted away on Sunday after 16 major petroleum producers meeting in Doha, Qatar failed to reach an agreement, possibly setting the stage for further weakness in crude oil prices.

Source:  The Washington Post, 2016/04/17

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Italian Energy Referendum Fails to Draw Necessary Turnout

Brazil’s perceived sovereign risk among investors fell on Sunday, with the cost of insuring Brazilian bonds for five years falling yet again in the credit-default swaps market after the country’s lower house of Congress voted to back the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff for breaching budget laws.

Source:  Reuters, 2016/04/17

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Chernobyl Anniversary: Ukraine Holds Fast to Nuclear Energy Despite Disaster

Result is a boost to the government of Matteo Renzi, who openly supported abstention

Source:  WSJ, 2016/04/17

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El Niño: Feeling the heat

Latin American country ends a 15-year exile from the international debt market

Source:  FT, 2016/04/18

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Numerous Countries Are Moving to Reform Fossil-Fuel Subsidies












Source: World Bank (IBRD 41500, March 2015). Decarbonizing Development, Three Steps to a Zero-Carbon Future. June 2015.

By |April 12th, 2016|Categories: Map|Tags: , , |

Global Light-Duty EV Sales Surged 80% In 2015, Up To 565,668

Global plug-in light vehicle sales, 2011-2015.

Source: Clean Technica. Argonne National Laboratory: Global Light-Duty EV Sales Surged 80% In 2015, Up To 565,668. April 2016.

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