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Why Energy, More Than Ever, Is About Latvia's Security

András Simonyi | Posted 12.18.2015 | World
András Simonyi

This is a story of Latvia, but with a lesson beyond. People with power in the energy sector meet people with political power, and the character of Latvia as a reliable Western partner, one that is resilient to Russia's carrots and sticks, is tested mightily.

Are We Heading Towards a Global Energy Proliferation Crisis?

Julian Popov | Posted 09.30.2015 | Politics
Julian Popov

Our history is doted by the ups and downs of real or anticipated energy scarcity crises. The energy shortage tide however might be about to turn. The next energy crisis is more likely to be triggered by abundance of economically available energy resources rather than by their shortage.

Strategizing for Saudi America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 04.14.2015 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Don't think for a minute that this president isn't proud of his climate-changing energy program. But when the president and his national security officials really walk the walk and talk the talk, that's not what they're focused on.

A Time to Act on Energy Security

Ken Blackwell | Posted 03.11.2015 | Politics
Ken Blackwell

We have a unique opportunity to act quickly during this period of lower oil prices. Historically, we have moved on energy policy only in times of crisis, reacting after the damage has already been done.

Cheap Oil's Make-Or-Break Moment for Clean Energy

Maria van der Hoeven | Posted 02.10.2015 | Green
Maria van der Hoeven

The plunge in oil prices may be good for consumers and the global economy, but it could also hurt efforts to make our planet's energy system more sustainable. Policy makers from around the world can prevent this by taking advantage of cheaper oil to make meaningful changes in the way we price energy.

Protect California's Energy Security

Michael Wu | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Michael Wu

Before the end of the legislative session this Friday, California legislators are pondering action worse than just kicking the can down the road -- they're actively considering taking a dive on our energy security.

Russia's Economy -- a Crevasse in Putin's Armor

Michael Kay | Posted 05.14.2014 | World
Michael Kay

It may be too late for the U.S. administration to salvage Crimea in the short term. But crafting an energy strategy that bolsters future geopolitical security for Europe and Ukraine would exploit the homemade crevasse in Putin's armor.

Tight Trouble

Daniel Davis | Posted 04.05.2014 | Politics
Daniel Davis

Perhaps those claiming that the U.S. may one day be energy-independent will be proven right. Perhaps as tight oil production begins to wind down, other alternatives will be found in sufficient quantities (and at an affordable price) to make up the difference, and the U.S. economy will continue growing. Perhaps.

The World in 50 Years - An Energy Perspective

Badr Jafar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Badr Jafar

If we are to succeed in seeing a less polluted, yet still prosperous, future, governments and societies alike must focus policy on promoting the fuels which strike the right balance between cost, scalability, efficiency, and environmental impact.

Japan's Military Resurgence Would Harm US Interests in Asia

Donald Gross | Posted 10.01.2013 | World
Donald Gross

Most American pundits and the Obama administration would like Prime Minister Shinzo Abe to concentrate on fixing the economy and stay away from raising Tokyo's military profile in Asia. But Abe seems bent on ignoring their advice and risks harming U.S. interests in the region.

India, Coal Imports, And Energy Security

Justin Guay | Posted 09.24.2013 | Green
Justin Guay

"If you want to import coal, gas or petrol, it is freely available. But the problem is that imported coal is 60 to 70 per cent more expensive," Chairm...

Cyber Terror Is the New Language of War

Sen. Byron Dorgan | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Sen. Byron Dorgan

How dangerous could these cyber attacks be? Consider what might happen if our water supply, our electric grid, or the Internet was successfully shut down by a cyber attack.

The eGallon: How Much Cheaper Is It to Drive on Electricity?

Dan Leistikow | Posted 08.11.2013 | Green
Dan Leistikow

Visit to see your states eGallon price How much does it cost to commute to work or drive across town? The price of gasoline is po...

The Youth Climate Vote: A New Force in Electoral Politics

Adam Greenberg | Posted 07.08.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

It has become clear that Keystone pipeline is a threat to jobs, health and safety, energy security, food and water security, smart growth, and the climate -- but that's not all it threatens: Now, Keystone XL is becoming toxic for politicians who support it.

The push for clean energy has stalled

Maria van der Hoeven | Posted 06.16.2013 | Green
Maria van der Hoeven

The drive to clean up the world's energy system has stalled: While energy is becoming less carbon-intensive in some sectors and regions, the story of ...

Keeping Iowa's Energy Dollars In-State

Craig Lewis | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Craig Lewis

Iowa is at a crossroads. Rather than continuing to allow out-of-state entities to monopolize Iowa's renewable resources, Iowa can enact SF 372 to foster the growth of locally owned and produced power.

Energy Efficiency Simply Makes Sense

Maria van der Hoeven | Posted 05.25.2013 | Green
Maria van der Hoeven

What simple tool offers the entire world an extended energy supply, increased energy security, lower carbon emissions, cleaner air and extra time to mitigate climate change? Energy efficiency.

'Funeral for Our Future' Results in More Arrests as Keystone XL Protests Escalate

Adam Greenberg | Posted 05.14.2013 | Green
Adam Greenberg

This past Monday, a funeral procession over 100 strong trudged solemnly towards TransCanada's offices in Westborough, MA. Dressed in black and carrying paper flowers, the mourners sang a chilling dirge.

A High-Energy State of the Union

Peter Fox-Penner, PhD | Posted 02.19.2013 | Green
Peter Fox-Penner, PhD

The President's speech last week contained more discussion of climate and energy than any State of the Union speech in recent memory -- perhaps ever. Congressional action is still needed right away to reduce uncertainty and improve our chances of meeting climate targets.

Algeria at Davos: Refocusing on Energy, Security, Globalization's Impacts

Peter Gardett | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Peter Gardett

Issues of national security, of globalization and of the role of business in increasingly transparent societies have been raised at Davos but have attracted less attention since the financial crisis; this year, attendees say, that is likely to change.

A Fresh Start on Global Warming

David Victor | Posted 12.22.2012 | Green
David Victor

Serious efforts to cut emissions are like drinking castor oil -- painful at first but beneficial, perhaps, if sustained over a long period of time. Few governments are good at that.

Congress Should Support Pentagon Energy Security Efforts

Phyllis Cuttino | Posted 07.30.2012 | Green
Phyllis Cuttino

Congress should support policies that will reduce our reliance on foreign oil, not undermine them. There is too much at stake for the nation's energy future to do anything less.

Oil vs. Morning in America

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.01.2012 | Business
Brent Budowsky

Do not underestimate the potential political and economic power of the recovery that has begun. The economy still faces challenges, but the signs of recovery are real, growing and widening in scope.

Republican Candidates and Congress Quit Climate Change; Private Sector Counters, Creating Consumer Label

Michael Shank, Ph.D. | Posted 04.03.2012 | Green
Michael Shank, Ph.D.

We need more of this kind of innovativeness and initiative. The climate isn't cooling anytime soon and it's clear that climate talks will continue to be inconclusive. So companies and consumers, the ball is in your court.

API's Next Sham Campaign

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 03.06.2012 | Green
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Today the American Petroleum Institute launched its latest attack on our great nation with their "Vote 4 Energy" or "I vote" campaign.