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Fossil Fuels

'The Empathic Civilization': Rethinking Human Nature in the Biosphere Era

Jeremy Rifkin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Jeremy Rifkin

Our rush to universal empathic connectivity is running up against a rapidly accelerating entropic juggernaut in the form of climate change. Can we reach biosphere consciousness in time to avert planetary collapse?

Where Is The Fossil-Fuel Industry In Copenhagen?

Grist | Jonathan Hiskes | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Just past the security gates and the main entrance to the Bella Center, the site of the Copenhagen climate change conference, attendees must pass thro...

Fossil Fuels Had A Hand In Dinosaur Extinction

New Scientist | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Fossil fuels have a new crime to live down. A frenzy of hydrocarbon burning at the end of the Permian period may have led to the most devastating mass...

Salazar Cleans Up Bush-Era Cronyism in Dirty Oil-Shale Program

Frances Beinecke | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Frances Beinecke

Do we want energy development on our public lands to intensify global warming or a national energy policy that promotes technologies that are renewable and create four times jobs as fossil fuels?

Crude World: An Interview with Peter Maass

Adriana Dunn | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Adriana Dunn

By now, we all know the environmental costs of oil. But in his book, Crude World, author Peter Maass offers a first hand account of the social costs: poverty, war and corruption.

How to Fight Climate Change, Create Jobs and Make America Safer

John DeCock | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
John DeCock

Senators John Kerry and Barbara Boxer today introduced a bill that aspires to accomplish the climate change mission and addresses other important issues Americans face, like employment.

Green News Report: September 29, 2009 (Audio)

Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brad Friedman and Desi Doyen

In today's audio report: The long, long road to Copenhagen; An end to government support for fossil fuels; your national parks, 'America's Best Idea.'

Money Walks, Fossil Fuel Talks

Richard Stuebi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Richard Stuebi

Over the coming months running up to the Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, it will be interesting to see which side can amass more force: finance or fossil fuels.

Climate Change: Making Anxiety an Asset

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Lyndon Johnson once said that if you can't walk into a room and know who's for you and who's against you, you don't belong in politics. You have to address the concerns people bring into the room with them.

Team Earth: Are You In?

Harrison Ford | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Harrison Ford

Team Earth is issuing an urgent, immediate challenge by teaming up with the Prince's Rainforest Project to call for swift action and funding to reduce tropical deforestation.

Big Oil Goes Green

newsweek.com | 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...

Does Delay Mean Disaster for the Climate Bill? Depends

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

When the public's knowledge levels are this low, the risk of fear mongering, misinformation and pandering is very high -- as the health care town halls have proven.

Money for Nothing, and Your Climate for Free

Stephen Kretzmann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Stephen Kretzmann

With all the hoopla about cap and trade, carbon offsets, and parts per million, wouldn't a good place to start be to stop supporting big oil and dirty coal with our tax dollars?

No Nukes: Obama and McCain Weigh in on Nuclear Energy

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Simran Sethi

The incongruous convergence of our fiscal meltdown, an energy crisis and the alarming velocity of climate change is challenging and scary. It requires...

Life Cycle: Burn, Baby, Burn (The Eco Impact of Candles)

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Most candles are made from paraffin wax, which is derived from crude oil. Demand for these products plays into our reliance on fossil fuels.

Guess What Else Cost a Trillion

Joshua Keyak | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Joshua Keyak

We must live more sustainable lifestyles, not only for our own individual health and pocket book but also for the well-being of others.

Save Cash by Going Green: 4 Tips

Avital Andrews | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Avital Andrews

Going green doesn't just save the outside world. It also can preserve the hard-earned money in your bank account.

Retooling American Manufacturing to Drive for Energy Independence

Bob MacDonald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Bob MacDonald

Resolving the worst financial crisis in history and attempting to wean the American economy off of fossil fuels: These efforts are actually more synergistic than most people realize.

Carbon Capture a Pipe Dream

Blaise Zerega | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Blaise Zerega

There's much to love about carbon capture, in theory. But carbon capture continues our dependence on coal-fired power plants, and does little to change the status quo.

G-8 Failure Reflects U.S. Failure on Climate Change

Dr. James Hansen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dr. James Hansen

The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009 is no more fit to rescue our climate than a V-2 rocket was to land a man on the moon.

3 Steps To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint By Half

planetgreen.discovery.com | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

While every person's footprint is a bit different, one thing is true for everyone: You can reduce your carbon footprint by half (or more!) with these ...

Hans Jørgen Koch Explains Why IRENA Is "50 times More Than the IEA"

Lily Riahi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Lily Riahi

Lily Riahi speaks with Hans Jørgen Koch about why we need the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) especially given the existence of the International Energy Agency (IEA).

Why I'm Not Freaked Out About the Waxman-Markey Bill

David Roberts | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
David Roberts

There is no reason to think that this bill is going to be Obama's only legacy on energy. Already there's been the stimulus bill, the new mileage standards and the big climate impacts report.

Historic Fight in Congress for Our Clean Energy Future

Trip Van Noppen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Trip Van Noppen

Our goal is clear -- to break their dirty energy monopoly -- and we are making progress. But, as these examples illustrate, the struggle is fierce.

Do All Roads Lead to Copenhagen?

Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Scott Bittle and Jean Johnson

Scientists and environmentalists have invested enormous energy trying to put global warming on the top of the public's agenda. So far, for most Americans, it still isn't.