How did coal-rich India end up with power blackouts? - huge strip mines that cause acid drainage, kill fish and make water unsafe for drinking or bathing, have replaced thousands of smaller underground mines at World Bank's behest; making coal fields difficult to come by in the populous country - The Nation (2012/08/22)
Did 'solar storms' cause India's massive blackout? - coronal mass ejections, i.e. "solar storms", or magnetic eruptions on the sun's surface have been known to take down electricity grids before, most notably in Quebec in 1989; there's no evidence; these storms affect countries in higher latitudes than India, like Canada and the Netherlands, expert says - New York Times (2012/09/12)
India needs to dig deep to keep lights on - unless India starts investing now in underground mines, within a decade it will face a huge leap in energy import costs that could derail industrial projects, crimp economic growth and drive up inflation - Reuters (2012/10/21)
Meanwhile, could this happen to the United States?
SOLUTION TO BLACKOUT: NUCLEAR POWER
India blackouts spur $18 billion power grid upgrade - a 1 trillion rupee ($18 billion) spending plan to prevent another grid failure like those on July 30 and 31 that left more than half of the country's 1.2 billion without electricity, halting transport services and forcing businesses to rely on generators - Bloomberg (2012/09/17)
Australia, India to begin uranium talks - Australia holds 40% of world's uranium reserves and it has long banned the export of uranium to non-signatories of the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty; and India is one - Christian Science Monitor (2012/10/18)
Japan strives to go nuclear-free - Japan moves to cut back on nuclear power after last year's disaster in Fukushima, it is running into a harsh economic reality: the cost of immediately abandoning its nuclear reactors may be too high; estimates at 4.4 trillion yen ($55.9 billion) - New York Times (2012/08/30)
Russia and Japan in agreement on natural gas deal - Russia's state-controlled gas monopoly to construct a $13 billion natural gas terminal in Vladivostok that would propel the Kremlin's ambitions to multiply its business and trade ties with Japan - New York Times (2012/09/09)
Japan sets policy to phase out nuclear power plants by 2040 - an announcement unlikely to appease either the anti-nuclear movement or powerful business interests; Japan depended on its reactors for about 30 percent of its electricity and had planned to raise that share to more than 50 percent by 2030 before the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi plant - New York Times (2012/09/14)
Japan nuclear phase-out plan falls apart - the Japanese averts the problem for the time being; particularly before election; could mean a stronger dependence for Russia's natural gas - Huffington Post (2012/09/19)
Japan's leaders give up on quitting nuclear power - the drastic reduction in nuclear power generation has resulted in huge imports of fossil fuels, contributing to the country's biggest trade deficits in decades - Christian Science Monitor (2012/11/05)
Bit of hope on floating solar plants: "Japan eyes 1st floating solar plants in 2013" - large solar plants on water, to be online in 2013 and will eventually generate a combined capacity of as much as 20 MWatt - Fox News (2012/11/07)
Japan overhauls nuclear-safety rules - telling utilities they need to plan for "unthinkable incidents" like the mammoth earthquake and tsunami; so that means they're not quitting - Wall Street Journal (2013/01/31)
Cost of clean air fogs outlook for Sinopec - problem is low grade fuel burned by China's swelling fleet of cars and trucks, and Sinopec has already put up its hand to accept some responsibility for improving matters - Wall Street Journal (2013/02/04)
Sinopec aims for cleaner fuel - Chinese state-owned oil refiner Sinopec said it is upgrading its desulfurization capabilities to sell cleaner gasoline, i.e. Euro 4 fuel, beginning in 2014 - UPI (2013/02/04)
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