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Obama's New Nuclear War

Harvey Wasserman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Harvey Wasserman

Despite Congressional and White House support for these latest proposed loan guarantees, the grassroots fight over both old and new nukes continues to grow fiercer by the day.

Obama Finally Takes On the Banks -- Commodity Futures Trading Needs Be Next!

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

Since we'll never eliminate the commodity exchanges that trade oil futures, we must at least control speculation and trades.

Jumpstarting Energy Independence

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

DOE is boldly recognizing a phenomenon to which many in science pay lip-service, but to which government and private foundations over the years have not adequately applied funds.

Focus: Should it be on Copenhagen or Calera?

Alexia Parks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Alexia Parks

Today's most interesting Climate Change conversation may not be taking place in policy discussions in Copenhagen, but at the Power-Gen International conference in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The U.S. Department of Energy and the Power of Transformative Science

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
James M. Gentile

Transformative science is high-risk high-reward inquiry. It's crucial that government take the lead in this regard, especially with the U.S. economy struggling.

Jemez Tribe Building Nation's First Solar Plant

AP | SUSAN MONTOYA BRYAN | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

JEMEZ PUEBLO, N.M. — A poverty-stricken Indian tribe that holds the sun and nature's other gifts sacred sees a brighter future for itself in sol...

National Renewable Energy

AP | JUDITH KOHLER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

GOLDEN, Colo. — Homes and office buildings consume three-quarters of U.S. electricity, and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory wants to low...

Obama on His Own

Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Dan Becker and James Gerstenzang

Using his executive authority, President Barack Obama can instruct power plants to slash emissions and order new efficiency standards to cut the energy used by consumer and commercial appliances.

Oil's Massive Price Distortion Militates the Reconvening of the 1970s Federal Oil Price Task Force

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is long past time that our government take seriously and study intensely how oil prices are determined in a world of OPEC, speculation, timid oversight and failing transparency.

Generation Wins SmartPower's Energy Smart Ad Challenge

Brian F. Keane | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Brian F. Keane

We challenged filmmakers across the country to create what they think is the best 30-second ad that compels young people to save energy. The winning video, Generation does just that.

Biofuels from Microalgae (Part 1)

Patrick Takahashi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Patrick Takahashi

I begun to be involved with growing algae in raceways a third of a century ago, and from then until now, have observed that federal funding was spotty and mostly non-existent.

The CFTC and Department of Energy Snore Away While the Oil Patch Makes Hay

Raymond J. Learsy | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business
Raymond J. Learsy

It is clear that the price of oil as currently constituted no longer has anything to do with the market dynamics of supply and demand.

Solar Decathlon: The Competition For The Best Solar-Powered House (PHOTOS)

Huffington Post | ThienVinh Nguyen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

University teams from around the world are busy constructing sustainable houses at this year's U.S. Department of Energy's Solar Decathlon competition...

A Zero Energy Home for All Americans: Ed Pollock Promotes Builders Challenge at EEBA Conference

Laura A. Hutchings | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Laura A. Hutchings

The Department of Energy came to Denver this week, promoting its Builders Challenge initiative, which seeks to promote affordable, zero energy homes f...

Why Does Competition Over Green Tech Spur Gore Baiting?

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Beau Friedlander

You may have heard about the "Gore-backed" car company that got more than $500 million to make a sports car. What you may have missed: the government is backing green technology and a plan to make it popular.

Fisker Automotive Gets $529 Million Government Loan To Build Electric Cars

Wall Street Journal | JOSH MITCHELL and STEPHEN POWER | Posted 05.25.2011 | Business

A tiny car company backed by former Vice President Al Gore has just gotten a $529 million U.S. government loan to help build a hybrid sports car in Fi...

Clean Energy Advocates at GridWeek

Mike Smith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Mike Smith

Consumer education is critical. Whether we as Americans will adopt smart grid and pay small surcharges, knowing the impact we have on carbon footprint, seems the biggest challenge.

How Glenn Beck Can Become a Progressive -- Really!

John F. Wasik | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
John F. Wasik

Beck and his tea-bagging minions apparently don't want anything to do with creating jobs for those who need them.

Congress Weans Us Off the Teat of Foreign Oil with Concessions to Offshore Drilling

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Weaning America off the teat of foreign oil is something that every citizen can agree is a good thing. It will start to put funding into renewable energy infrastructure that we so desperately need.

The Oxymoron of Clean Coal (Joe Biden Had it Right Before He Had it Wrong.)

Simran Sethi | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Simran Sethi

Clean coal is a lie. The catch-all term is used by politicians and coal advocates alike to lull the American public into complacency.

Students Build Solar-Powered Home (VIDEO)

Jennifer Grayson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Jennifer Grayson

In the US Department of Energy's 2009 Solar Decathlon, members of Team California are working around the clock to finish their entry, Refract House.

"Clunker Cash" That Makes Sense For New York

Scott Stringer | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Scott Stringer

For the 77% of Manhattan households who do not have a car, the picture is clear: By limiting the clunkers program to automobiles, urban consumers have been left out of the recovery picture.

Young Science USA

James M. Gentile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
James M. Gentile

If the future of our nation is not continually renewed by young Americans well supported in their advanced scientific research, we likely will have a very dim future indeed.

The Climate Bill Will Cost You Just 23¢ a Day, EIA Analysis Shows

Treehugger | Matthew McDermott | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

You've surely heard various competing claims about how much the American Clean Energy & Security Act will increase energy prices. [...] New analysis ...

Udall Backs Request For Vail Powerplant That Runs On Dead Trees

The Colorado Independent | David O. Williams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

The concept of a biomass power plant in Vail first reported by The Colorado Independent back in February has turned into a formal request for U.S. Dep...