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EmPOWERing a Nation Through an Energy Crisis

Andy Bryant | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Andy Bryant

Photo credit: Shared Value Africa This is a guest post by Leah Stemeroff, consultant at Shared Value Africa. There's an energy crisis in Zambia that...

The Truth Behind Harnessing the Power of Lightning

Natalie Kalin | Posted 11.03.2015 | Science
Natalie Kalin

In the woes of our perpetual energy crisis, have you ever been in the middle of a thunderstorm and thought why not just capture lightning? That's a lot of power right there.

A Carbon Neutral Future Starts With Smart Energy Policy Today

Rick Fedrizzi | Posted 02.18.2015 | Green
Rick Fedrizzi

Too many people -- and way too many members of Congress -- can't seem to come to terms with this simple fact: no energy source or technology can succeed without a helping hand from Uncle Sam.

Sophia Jones

Egypt Sets Clocks Forward Amid Crippling Energy Crisis | Sophia Jones | Posted 05.16.2014 | World

CAIRO -- Friday noon prayers resounded from mosques this morning across Cairo, but it wasn’t noon. It was 1 P.M. Computers and cell phones displa...

In Pakistan, 'Power, Power, Power Is The Problem'

AP | REBECCA SANTANA | Posted 06.15.2013 | World

GUJAR KHAN, Pakistan -- A woman named Rehana Yasmin struggles to keep her sick 2-year-old granddaughter cool in a sweltering hospital where working ai...

Generation to Generation; Crisis to Crisis

John B. Kassel | Posted 12.29.2012 | Green
John B. Kassel

So what's an American Boomer to do? Wake up. Accept responsibility. Our resource-gobbling lifestyle has caused this mess. Suburbanization has wasted U.S. resources for two generations. Change it, now.

GOP: Oblivious to Oblivion

Edward Flattau | Posted 12.03.2012 | Politics
Edward Flattau

By dismissing Obama's clean energy initiative as wasteful, wishful thinking, Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are displaying obliviousness to potential oblivion. They have totally ignored an elemental objective of the Obama program -- slowing the pace of global warming.

Blackout Leaves Millions Without Power In Cuba

AP | ANDREA RODRIGUEZ | Posted 11.09.2012 | World

HAVANA (AP) — Millions of people were plunged into darkness after power went out across a large swath of western Cuba. The outage aff...

NPR Takes a Deeper Look Into Fracking Boom

Stefanie Penn Spear | Posted 05.22.2012 | Green
Stefanie Penn Spear

We need to educate our fellow Americans about the risks associated with continued use of fossil fuels and support policies that will transition our nation to relying on cleaner, renewable sources of energy.

Four Lies About America's Energy "Crisis"

Bob Burnett | Posted 05.09.2012 | Politics
Bob Burnett

Since 1990 oil and gas companies have contributed $238.7 million to candidates and parties and 75 percent has gone to Republicans -- a higher percentage this year. It's not "drill, baby, drill," it's "money, baby, money."

Conversations You Won't Overhear

Terry Tamminen | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green
Terry Tamminen

As summer gives way to our back-to-work lives, busy execs will likely compare notes at Chamber of Commerce luncheons about the economy and job creation. We can all imagine those conversations, but here are a few you won't be likely to overhear.

25 Overlooked Political Books Of 2011

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.08.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Can Detroit be saved? What are the myths of green energy? What can we learn from the boggled reconstruction of Iraq? Are we going to share a future of biometric surveillance? Just how did white middle-class Americans start identifying themselves as outsiders?

Rural Women Turn Solar Energy Entrepreneurs in Indian Village

Betwa Sharma | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Betwa Sharma

The Jal Sakra village in India has never gotten electricity. Now, it has become the launching pad for a new scheme to boost women's earnings through solar power.

Springsteen's Grave New World, 1978: The Darkness on the Edge of Town Story

Rob Kirkpatrick | Posted 05.25.2011 | Entertainment
Rob Kirkpatrick

It's two years into the first term of a young Democratic president, one whose election brought a sense of hope to the White House after two terms of a...

The "Transition Town" Movement's Initial Genius

Craig K. Comstock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Craig K. Comstock

As we have to live with less energy, we will have to live more locally, the opposite of globalization. The transition movement strives not to "go back to the land," but to increase the resilience of communities.

How Not to Give an Oval Office Speech

Robin Lakoff | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robin Lakoff

Obama totally missed his opportunity to ask for, or even demand, sacrifice; specifically, that all of us immediately go into rehab for our oil addiction.

Water Crisis, Energy Crisis, Vicious Cycle

Gal Luft | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Gal Luft

As Solomon correctly points out, we cannot address the water challenge without access to affordable energy. Conversely, we cannot solve the energy challenge without addressing the water challenge.

The Return of Atlantis Prompted a Look at America's Future ... and I'm Very Troubled

Jeff Goldstein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Jeff Goldstein

Is this the grand vision for human spaceflight we embraced 40 years ago when we saw Armstrong and Aldrin walking on the Moon?

Blackout: Dwindling Coal Reserves and the Siren Song of "Clean Coal"

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

If we don't begin massive investment in renewable power sources, civilization could be at risk before the end of the century. Such is the stark conclusion of Blackout, one of the scariest books I've ever read.

With Ordinary Cubans Sweltering In The Dark, Shouldn't The Government Follow Suit?

Yoani Sanchez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Yoani Sanchez

It would be a good idea to ask the members of the National Assembly to travel to their August 1st meeting on public transport so as not to waste fuel on their chartered bus.

Palin Says Thanks But No Thanks To Stimulus Money

Shannyn Moore | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Shannyn Moore

Gov. Sarah Palin dropped the hammer today on $80 million from the state budget. In a "bring it on" move, Palin dared the legislature to over-ride her veto.

First 100 Days Retrospective: Ford, Carter, Reagan

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

What is striking is how often the media gets it wrong when measuring up new presidents. Journalists should approach judging a president's first 100 days with some humility.

Solar Energy Reality Check

Huffington Post | Rob Lamkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Solar energy is the most promising source of clean, renewable energy. It is also one of the most misunderstood. Myths about solar energy--its challen...

Revolution Now

Richard Stuebi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Stuebi

I prefer an interpretation similar to what I've seen from a number of sources in recent weeks: that innovation and ingenuity are in fact amplified during difficult times.

Nuclear Power May Return To Illinois

Chicago Public Radio | Shawn Allee | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Illinois was once the cradle of the commercial nuclear power industry. In fact, utilities built so many reactors the Prairie State is still number one...