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Energy Independence

The Banality of Clean Coal: Extraction Crimes

Jeff Biggers | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jeff Biggers

In the 1970s, as the nation panicked, the coal industry announced a massive "clean coal" plan for coal-to-liquid gas conversion that would free us from foreign oil dependence. Sound familiar?

Greening Hollywood: The Electric Revolution

Paige Donner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paige Donner

We need to do that to oil. We need to destroy its strategic role and its monopoly over transportation. Electricity, as was the case with salt, is going to be right at the heart of that.

An Appeal to Senators McCain and Obama

Michael Moynihan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Moynihan

The legislation likely to move to the floor tomorrow in the House and next week in the Senate has been crafted specifically to attract Republican votes. It contains generous provisions for off shore drilling.

Fossil Fuel Addicts Relentless in their Pursuit of Junk

Josh Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Josh Nelson

Yet another weather-related disruption to domestic oil production really highlights the foolishness of the drill everywhere drill always crowd.

Russia and the Limits of Oil Wealth

Michael Moynihan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Michael Moynihan

Cross-posted at the NDN Blog. New York City - The reappearance of a belligerent Russia on the world stage, buoyed by high oil prices and newfound w...

Sam Stein

Has McCain Walked Into An Energy Trap? | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The energy debate took what could be a significant turn this past weekend: a bipartisan effort in Congress has created headaches for both Barack Obama...

Seth Colter Walls

Obama Calls McCain Out After Day Of Distortions: "It's Like These Guys Take Pride In Being Ignorant" | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

On a day in which both presidential campaigns focused all their rhetorical might on debating energy production, Barack Obama claimed the most iconic m...

Seth Colter Walls

Top McCain Surrogates Back Obama Energy Idea That GOP Mocked | Seth Colter Walls | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Republicans have seized on Barack Obama's call for drivers to inflate their tires as a laughable response to the energy crisis. But at least three pro...

Mixing Water Into The Energy Debate

Rob Runyan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rob Runyan

Dealing with one sector without thinking about the other is one-hand clapping. That's why we have popular alternative fuels like ethanol that don't factor in the drain on water resources.

Happy "Inter-Dependence" Day!

Steve Rosenbaum | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Rosenbaum

Holidays are funny things. They being about an idea. A celebration of something. And the evolve into a more amorphous event, a celebration of ... ...

Webb Wants Offshore Oil Drilling, Breaks With Obama

The Hill | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

By pushing a bill that distances himself from the Democratic Party and its presidential candidate on offshore drilling, Sen. Jim Webb of Virginia is p...

McCain: Build 45 Nuclear Reactors

AP | DAVID ESPO | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Sen. John McCain called Wednesday for the construction of 45 new nuclear reactors by 2030 and pledged $2 billion a year in fe...

Florida Governor Crist Flips Stance On Offshore Drilling

AP | BILL KACZOR | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Gov. Charlie Crist has dropped his long-standing support for the federal government's ban on offshore oil drilling and endor...

Join Me in National "Screw the Oil Companies and Terrorists" Week

Paul Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Paul Abrams

Current debates about energy independence are future-oriented, and will do nothing in the short term to ease economic woes. Let's use the internet to stop the bleeding: take up the following challenge.

Weakened Energy Bill Passes Senate After Lobbies Block Alternative Energy Requirements

NY Times | John Broder | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

ared-down energy legislation cleared the Senate on Thursday by a wide margin after the oil industry and utilities succeeded in stripping out provision...