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Michael McAuliff

White House Slams GOP Claim 'We Can't Compete With China'

HuffingtonPost.com | Michael McAuliff | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration is seizing on remarks by a top Republican who argued that the United States cannot compete with China in the so...

At Solar Decathlon, College Eco-Stars Reveal True Future of Solar

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.30.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

Solar Decathletes are students who, instead of partying at the beach or making money at temporary jobs, decide to help design, engineer and assemble solar-powered homes in their spare time.

On Houses and Homes: Top 5 Stories Behind Solar Decathlon Entries

Susanna Murley | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Planet Forward has been following the Solar Decathlon teams. These are the five that stand out to us that have the best stories connecting their houses to their culture.

Jordan Howard

Solar Industry In Need Of Support

HuffingtonPost.com | Jordan Howard | Posted 11.29.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- Clean energy advocates have long looked to solar power as a way to break the country's dependence on foreign oil. However, the cost of o...

Obama Administration Approves New Solar Loans

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.28.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON — The Energy Department on Wednesday approved two loan guarantees worth more than $1 billion for solar energy projects in Nevada and ...

Merger May Impact Nation's 1st Offshore Wind Farm

AP | By JAY LINDSAY | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

BOSTON -- The nation's first offshore wind farm enjoys high-profile federal and state backing, but it hasn't been able to win over one important party...

Appalachia Faces Steep Coal Decline

AP | By DYLAN LOVAN | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

GARRETT, Ky. -- When business screeched to a halt at Jerry Howard's eastern Kentucky mine engineering company two years ago, he decided to call it qui...

Judge Refuses To Extend Solyndra Sale Timeline

AP | RANDALL CHASE | Posted 11.27.2011 | Green

WILMINGTON, Del. — A Delaware bankruptcy judge on Tuesday refused to extend the sale timeline for failed solar-panel manufacturer Solyndra LLC, ...

Solyndra: Will We Learn From Science?

James M. Gentile | Posted 11.27.2011 | Technology
James M. Gentile

The key question that is being missed -- and that should be asked now -- is whether the federal government will approach this failure as politicians or as scientists.

Solyndra Scandal-Mongering Is The REAL Scandal

Tom Matzzie | Posted 11.26.2011 | Green
Tom Matzzie

The media should have spent the time to understand that the bankruptcy of Solyndra was about market circumstances that changed faster than anybody has predicted, rather than falling for a manufactured partisan scandal.

Tom Zeller Jr.

The Solyndra Scandal: Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

HuffingtonPost.com | Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green

The story of Solyndra, the Silicon Valley solar technology start-up that received half a billion dollars in loan guarantees from the federal governmen...

The Solyndra Scandal: Full Of Sound And Fury, Signifying Nothing

Tom Zeller Jr. | Posted 11.21.2011 | Green
Tom Zeller Jr.

The story of Solyndra, the Silicon Valley solar technology start-up that received half a billion dollars in loan guarantees from the federal governmen...

GOP Congressman Calls For Independent Investigator In White House Loan To Failed Solar Firm

AP | MATTHEW DALY | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee on Monday called for an independent investigator to look into a $528 million loan app...

Despite Criticisms, Some GOPers Sought Clean-Energy Money For Home States

The New York Times | ERIC LIPTON | Posted 11.19.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- On the Senate floor and the television airwaves, Senator Mitch McConnell has lambasted the Obama administration over what he has describ...

Beyond Solyndra: DOE Invests Big Time in Next Generation of Eco-Stars

Brian F. Keane | Posted 11.15.2011 | College
Brian F. Keane

We're all reading some uncomfortable reports in the news today about Solyndra, the solar company that declared bankruptcy last month and is now the ta...

The Military's Clean-Energy Mission

Michael Brune | Posted 11.15.2011 | Green
Michael Brune

Are you surprised that the military is taking the lead in adopting clean and renewable energy technologies? I'm not.

Lucia Graves

House Republicans See Rushed Review In Solyndra Emails

HuffingtonPost.com | Lucia Graves | Posted 11.14.2011 | Green

WASHINGTON -- House Republicans on Wednesday charged top administration officials with rushing the review of more than $500 million in loan guarantees...

Why the Solyndra Solar Bankruptcy Scandal Is a Big Deal, but Not the Big Deal Republicans are Making of It

Andy Wilson | Posted 11.13.2011 | Green
Andy Wilson

Solyndra had its offices raided last week by federal agents. Some critics have cried foul; others have tried to disparage solar energy itself. These allegations couldn't be further from the truth.

Rick Perry President? A Primer on What a Texas Governor's Presidency Can Do For You and the Oil Industry

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 11.12.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Would a Perry presidency be tempted to follow in this predecessor's footsteps? Given the incestuous interrelationship between Texas politics and oil, in many ways the Bush presidency becomes a cautionary tale.

Solyndra's Failure Is No Reason to Abandon Federal Energy Innovation Policy

Devon Swezey | Posted 11.02.2011 | Green
Devon Swezey

With perfect hindsight, it's all too easy to see why Solyndra proved to be a bad bet.

Tanana -- Tiny City in Yukon Takes a Giant Renewable Step

Bill Chameides | Posted 10.09.2011 | Green
Bill Chameides

In DC, our leaders are arguing over how much of our Alaskan wilderness we should open up for oil and gas extraction. In the meantime, some enterprising folks, with a lot less clout but a lot at stake, have decided to go their own renewable way.

Oil Hits Lowest Price Of The Year After Downgrade

AP | SANDY SHORE | Posted 10.08.2011 | Business

Oil's plunge to its lowest price of the year should provide Americans with some relief at the pump. But that may not be enough to calm their fears abo...

Country's Cost-Cutting Culture Must Begin at Home -- With Electronics

Rep. Mike Honda | Posted 10.01.2011 | Green
Rep. Mike Honda

How many electronic devices do you have in your home? How many televisions, computers, iPods, video games, and telephones do you use on a daily basis? Today I am reintroducing the Smart Electronics Act.

Who Will Win the 2011 Solar Decathlon?

Susanna Murley | Posted 09.21.2011 | Green
Susanna Murley

Can a liberal education prepare you to compete in the Solar Decathlon? In the spirit of Emerson, "Self Reliance," from Middlebury, will be the only submission from a liberal arts school to the Department of Energy's architectural competition.

Help Consumers Save Money by Saving Energy

Steven Chu | Posted 09.10.2011 | Politics
Steven Chu

In a typical house, replacing 15 traditional bulbs with energy saving bulbs will save about $50 a year. That's enough to run two 50 inch Energy Star plasma TVs -- five hours a day, all year long.