Business & Technology

Jeffer madness

Jeff Sessions has deep ties to a big electric utility, and that could create major conflicts of interest.

Southern Co. is the senator’s largest corporate campaign donor, and it could benefit from a powerful friend in the Justice Department.

RUNNING ON EMPTY

A massive gas-price hike in Mexico is leading to frustration, violence, and death.

Starting on New Year’s Day, the government of President Enrique Peña Nieto increased gas prices up to 20 percent.

He reminded me with Science

While Trump tweets out insults, Obama publishes an article about clean energy in a scientific journal.

The president outlines four reasons that “the trend toward clean energy is irreversible.”

Burn the swamp

Trump’s energy policy is being shaped by scary, oily think tank.

The group has received funding from ExxonMobil, the American Petroleum Institute, Peabody Energy, and groups linked to the Koch brothers.

bundle of energy

U.S. likely to become a major energy exporter in a decade

But the outlook for meeting emissions targets doesn’t look promising.

On hire ground

China plans to create 13 million clean energy jobs by 2020.

The country has announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy through the end of the decade.

California droughtin'

Drought doesn’t just mean less water — it also means more pollution.

During California's recent drought, hydropower was way down, so utilities burned a lot more natural gas.

Rexit

Secretary of state pick to get $180 million from Exxon

As part of the deal, outgoing CEO Rex Tillerson will “sever all ties with the company to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements.”

Go further north

Ford is revving up its plans for electric and driverless vehicles.

The automaker is cancelling plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico, instead investing $700 million in an existing plant in Michigan.