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  1. Mainland up to the challenges

    Posted Jan 01st 2008, 12:00am by Cary Huang, Eric Ng, Tom Miller

    ... rate under the old rules. The chances of Beijing implementing its long-planned fuel tax, which it hopes will encourage energy conservation and limit the country's oil import bill, seem ... slowdown caused by the subprime mortgage loan crisis. ENERGY Price controls on fuel and power prices will continue to squeeze the profit margins of oil refiners and power producers unless ...

  2. Inflation concerns likely to slow energy reforms: analysts

    Posted Dec 27th 2007, 12:00am by Raymond Li

    ... Raymond Li Mainland authorities have reaffirmed their commitment to energy price reform to address a looming energy crisis, but concerns over inflation are likely to hamper the much-needed changes, analysts said yesterday. In a landmark white paper on energy strategy and policies, Beijing said it would push for smooth reform of prices and 'gradually set up a mechanism to reflect ...

  3. Growth rates cut into energy-saving targets

    Posted Mar 12th 2007, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai Race for a stronger economy at odds with government's bid to slash consumption China will probably miss its 2004-2020 energy-saving target because local governments have set higher-than-expected energy consumption caps in their drive to boost the economy, a top think-tank's report shows. The country's top economic planner, the National Development and Reform Commission, ...

  4. Cartels have us over a barrel

    Posted Jul 04th 2011, 12:00am

    ... Stephen Vines moneypost@scmp.com Hong Kong consumers have the dubious distinction of paying higher prices for petrol and other such products than practically anyone else in the world; therefore, they have every reason to take a close interest in a recent and unusual global initiative to lower oil prices. On June 23, the members of the International Energy Agency (IEA) finally ...

  5. Coal link to power prices rejected

    Posted Feb 16th 2008, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... against Beijing's goal of restraining the growth of energy-intensive and low value-added industries. Under the mechanism introduced in mid-2005, Beijing would raise power tariffs if coal ...

  6. Lifestyle - Books - ECONOMICS

    Book review: Austerity: The History of a Dangerous Idea, by Mark Blyth

    Posted Apr 21st 2013, 12:00am by David Wilson

    ... on for two reasons. First, the common-sense hunch that more debt cannot cure debt remains seductively simple. Second, austerity is a neat excuse for conservatives to cut public services and run ...

  7. Costly oil puts pressure on fuel price rise

    Posted Nov 12th 2007, 12:00am by Eric Ng

    ... protection and energy conservation objectives. 'By subsidising fuel, the government is encouraging energy consumption growth... it is only for the political reason that it is afraid ... Eric Ng in Beijing Mainland grapples with losses at energy firms, tightening supply and inflation As the price of the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil benchmark hovers a few dollars ...

  8. Smart money

    Posted Mar 26th 2012, 12:00am

    ... Performance charts provide a useful guide to see if your sustainable investment strategies match the market's. www.awea.org Wind energy investing is a direct way to participate in the global trend towards renewable energy. This site for the American Wind Energy Association is a useful resource for learning about the industry. Sections covering education, trends, statistics and more ...

  9. Adding fuel to the fire

    Posted Apr 21st 2006, 12:00am by Gwynne Dyer

    ... high oil prices. If the oil price rises gradually from US$70 to US$100 over the next five years, people and governments will start paying serious attention to energy conservation and alternate ... They also run their air conditioners all summer, take holidays abroad and do other things that have big implications for energy consumption. But above all they buy cars. For the foreseeable future, ...

  10. Food prices continue their upward climb as nation grapples with the issues

    Posted Mar 10th 2008, 12:00am by Staff Reporter

    ... Jane Cai There's no break in the upward surge in food prices in Beijing, but the reasons cited for the increases vary. At a Beijing wet market on Friday, vendors' quotes for eggs, vegetables and soy bean products were higher than during the Luna ...




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