Europe Cutting Back On Green-energy “investments” While Coal Makes A Comeback

encouraged global market sentiment. The pan-European FTSEurofirst 300 Index closed provisionally higher by 0.9 percent on Tuesday. The U.K.’s FTSE 100 closed higher by 0.7 percent, the French CAC 40 closed higher by 0.8 percent and the German DAX closed up 1 percent. House Speaker John Boehner said the Republicans were still involved with talks with House Democrats, but no deal has emerged so far on Tuesday. Earlier, House Republican leaders proposed a plan that would fund the government past year-end and allow the Treasury Department to borrow normally until February 7. However, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid criticized the proposal , saying it would not pass through Senate. The debate came with the partial government shutdown now in its third week, and less than two days before the Treasury says it will be unable to continue borrowing. IBEX 35 — Back in Europe, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservative alliance said it was likely to hold a third round of talks with the Social Democratic Party later this week, with regards to forming a coalition government . Meanwhile, German economic sentiment rose more than expected in October, on signs the euro zone crisis may be waning, a survey by the ZEW economic think tank showed. Its poll rose to 52.8 in October from 49.6 in September, the highest level since April 2010. “Today’s ZEW index gives the impression that analysts believe in the invulnerability of the German economy…The new dark clouds coming from the other side of the Atlantic have not yet blacked out analysts’ optimism,” said Carsten Brzeski, senior economist at ING. In the U.K., inflation remained at 2.7 percent in September, according to the Office for National Statistics, going against economists’ forecasts which had indicated a slight tick down to 2.6 percent. In stock news, Burberry Group was the sharpest faller on the FTSE, after it announced that Chief Creative Officer Christopher Bailey would replace long-standing Chief Executive Angela Ahrendts, who is heading to Apple .

Positive signals from talks on Monday between Democrat and Republican Senate leaders fuelled hopes of an imminent deal to reopen shuttered U.S. federal agencies and prevent a default on federal debt, sending world stocks higher. The plan under discussion would end a partial government shutdown and raise the debt ceiling by enough to cover the nation’s borrowing needs at least until mid-February 2014. Also brightening the mood, data showed on Tuesday that German analyst and investor sentiment improved unexpectedly in October on signs that the euro zone economy is over the worst of its downturn. The better mood was also visible in the derivatives market, with the Euro STOXX 50 put/call ratio falling back to 1.2, down from a 4-year high of 3.9 hit two weeks ago. The ratio, which is one of Europe’s widely-used gauges of investor sentiment, measures the trading volume of put options versus call options on the Euro STOXX 50. A ratio below 1 signals bullishness, while a ratio above 1.5 usually signals that investors are turning cautious, buying ‘puts’ as a hedge for their equity portfolios in case of a correction. “The consensus is bullish, everyone believes that a deal will be reached (in Washington), so it could already be priced in,” said Guillaume Dumans, co-head of research firm 2Bremans. “Deal or no deal, the size of the U.S. debt remains abyssal, and given the excess of optimism on the market right now, we could get a pull-back.” Mining shares featured among the top gainers on Tuesday, after Rio Tinto boosted its forecast copper output for 2013. Rio was up 3.7 percent, and BHP Billiton up 1.6 percent.

Europe shares rally on renewed hopes for U.S. debt deal

The $45.9 billion spent makes it almost certain that annual investment in renewables and energy-smart technologies will fall for the second consecutive year from $281 billion in 2012, Bloomberg New Energy Finance said in a statement. Investment in the quarter was 20 percent lower than the same period last year as spending in China, the U.S. and Europe fell. The U.S. saw the largest decline, sliding 41 percent to $5.5 billion, according to the London-based research company. Europes clean-energy industry is retrenching after subsidies were reduced in nations from Germany to Spain, which helped propel record growth in previous years. Cheap gas in the U.S. driven by a shale-drilling boom and a reduction in Chinas spending on wind power wind power also contributed to the overall decline, the London-based consultant said One of the most facepalm-worthy parts of all of this is that supporters of the Obama administrations regulatory war-on-coal largely and blithely rely on the argument that because the coal-substitute of natural gas has been doing so well, coal is naturally entering its sunset years anyway and will shortly fall prey to the economical powers of creative destruction but strangely, they often forget to mention that coal could easily regain market share in the event that natural gas prices begin to rise for whatever reason The Obama administration is effectively barring that from happening on the domestic scene, while foreign demand for coal is growing; you need look no farther than Europe as a current Exhibit A for that eventuality. The editors of RealClearEnergy , therefore, would rather the Continent spare us the lectures, emphasis mine: What happens when you dont frack and you decide to shut down nuclear? You return to coal. Thats the lesson that Europe is learning these days. Despite all the brohaha about carbon emissions and global warming, Europe is marching straight back into the past by increasing its reliance on coal for electricity and this in spite of a continent-wide recession and slumping demand. Germany is the worst example. It is actually building new coal plants even as it shuts down reactors and claims to be converting to wind and solar.