With two of the world's leading economies, China and the United States, in a tat-for-tat move on wind, and with the sector fanning out from Europe, the energy landscape could be decidedly cleaner 20 years from now, Graeber writes.
Japanese officials have said they will step up their role in the cleanup of the Japan's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, widely regarded as bungled by the plant's operator. But to what extent should the government aid in the cleanup, and is the help too little, too late?
The United States wasted 61 percent of all its energy input in 2012, according to a new report on energy efficiency. That's enough energy to power the United Kingdom for seven years, the report found.
Energy companies may be able to tolerate a certain level of risk on their books, but looming civil strife in Egypt and elsewhere, no matter what form, is a poor investment to bank on, Graeber writes.
Syria is not a huge oil producer and the US increasingly is, sheltering the latter somewhat from turmoil in the former. Although oil prices are rising as US destroyers head for Syria, analysts say prices are unlikely to skyrocket unless the Syrian conflict spreads to Iraq.
The Yosemite Rim Fire has threatened to disrupt the power supply to San Francisco, just 150 miles to the west. Power continues to flow to customers, officials stressed, but a rise in wildlfires could post a broader threat to energy infrastructure.