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Hidden Costs From Our Dependence on Fossil Fuels

Ira Kalb | Posted 05.24.2016 | Business
Ira Kalb

It is estimated that 80 to 85 percent of the energy consumed in the U.S. is from fossil fuels. One of the main reasons given for continuing to use this energy source is that it is much less expensive than alternatives. The true cost, however, depends on what you include in the calculation, and there are so many costs not figured in the bills we pay for energy.

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Michigan May Redefine Fuel From Burning Tires As Renewable Energy | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 12.10.2014 | Green

A Michigan bill aims to classify fuel made by burning tires and hazardous industrial waste as renewable energy, but environmentalists say that's setti...

The EPA Gets It Right, But Watch Out for the Republicans

Richard Schiffman | Posted 02.26.2012 | Green
Richard Schiffman

So the new clean air rules will be a net job creator that will pump up sagging local economies. Great news that should appeal even to cost-conscious Republicans! Well, not exactly.

America Needs Clean Energy Support

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 02.07.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

In today's competitive global economy, technological innovation is essential to long-term U.S. economic security, and the energy sector should be a particular priority.

Educating America About Clean Energy

Eric D. Isaacs | Posted 12.21.2011 | Green
Eric D. Isaacs

If we can succeed in bringing comprehensive -- and inspiring -- clean energy education to every student in America, the result will be a stronger, more prosperous, and safer nation, for generations to come.

The 5 Worst 'Alternative' Energy Sources

The Daily Green | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green

From The Daily Green: Everyone agrees we're in an energy crisis, and everyone agrees we have to wean ourselves from foreign oil. General Motors sen...

The Solar Field And The Mezuzah

Rabbi Michael M. Cohen | Posted 09.17.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Michael M. Cohen

The mezuzah of this field serves to remind us that we need to fix the world. The work of these solar panels is sacred work.

Assessing and Reducing the Risks of Energy

Steven Cohen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Steven Cohen

Catastrophes like the ongoing one in Japan, and the Gulf Oil spill last year, are no longer rare events. We need to begin the transition to a renewable energy economy, and we need to start now.

PHOTOS: 8 Incredible Uses For Turkeys Besides Food -- Cancer Research, Alternative Energy & More

The Huffington Post | Joanna Zelman | Posted 10.05.2011 | Green

Ask almost any person in the US what a turkey contributes to society, and he will answer, "a yummy Thanksgiving meal." But it turns out turkeys actual...

Former BP Exec Sets Her Sights on Algae as the Fuel of the Future

RP Siegel | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
RP Siegel

CJ Warner was at the top of her game when she saw the writing on the wall. Twenty years into a glass-ceiling-busting career at BP, she had become one of the highest ranking executives in the oil industry.

Algae: The World's New Alternative Energy Source?

Posted 05.25.2011 | College

Forget the Toyota Prius; a team of students and professors from the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Virginia are attempting to turn algae...

Open Those Energy Innovation Doors: How Governments and Companies Can Use Open and Distributed Innovation to Meet the Technology Challenges of Climate Change

Lewis Milford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lewis Milford

After all, if companies can use open innovation to create new soaps, software and sophisticated machinery, why not use it to save the planet?

Boulder: We Can't Even Change Our Own Light Bulbs?

Robyn Griggs Lawrence | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Robyn Griggs Lawrence

Boulder's energy audit program was designed to get people motivated to make energy-efficient improvements. But follow-up surveys found homeowners didn't make even the smallest recommended changes.

The Midwest Is Going Off The Grid ... One Turbine At A Time

Jeff Bocan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Jeff Bocan

My infatuation with wind power was titillated in the unlikeliest of places: the background of a Monday Night football game where a tall wind turbine spun gently beyond the stadium's walls.

Recycling and Reusable Grocery Bags Won't Solve the Climate Crisis: We Must Do More

Ed Haemmerle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Ed Haemmerle

Recycling and reusable grocery bags should be a part of everyones routine. However, if you pride yourself in thinking you have made a difference I must sadly report that you have not.

Nuclear Power's Second Act?

Michael Rose | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Michael Rose

Let's hope the delegates heading to Copenhagen to create a new energy future remember the problems of the past.

Big Oil Goes Green | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

It's not just that these projects involve bigger money, which will grow exponentially if new technologies work. That's still peanuts for oil majors, w...

11 Strange Sources of Clean Energy, from Dead Turkeys to Urine

EarthFirst | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Why stick with boring old oil when you could be powering your home, car and gadgets with slaughterhouse waste, garbage and onions? As strange as trans...

Solar Land Rush | Todd Woody | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

The Department of the Interior's move last month to accelerate development of large-scale solar power plants on federal land in six Western states cou...

Stimulus Money Goes To Nissan, Ford, Tesla: Detroit Free Press | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Both the big auto giants and the lightweight electric startups applied for as much of said money as possible, and the Department of Energy is moments ...

GE Plans Tools To Reduce Household Energy Costs

BusinessWeek | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

General Electric Co. said Tuesday that it is developing a package of energy saving and generating tools that could help homeowners achieve zero cost o...

A Sustainable New Orleans Rises After Katrina | KATIE HOWELL of Greenwire | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

There is a big push in the Big Easy for dramatically improving energy efficiency in homes and public buildings....

Fuel-Cell Toyota By 2015

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Toyota Motor, the world's top automaker, plans to roll out a fuel-cell car by 2015 in its push to stay ahead in the global race for green autos, vice ...

British PM Calls For $100 Billion Global Green Fund

AFP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

British Prime Minister Gordon Brown Friday called for a global fund worth $100 billion a year to tackle climate change in the developing world, ahead ...

The Seven Great Challenges of Sustainability

Tri Robinson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Tri Robinson

I had always thought of the Amish as being a people who weren't troubled with the cares of the outside world, especially those that were living as sustainability as this family clearly was.