Business & Technology


Marktown, Ind., a historic town shivering in BP’s dark shadow

The century-old community may soon be razed so that an adjacent BP refinery can spill over its borders.

Business & Technology

This bicycle barometer makes deciding how to get to work super easy

Turn it on, and it indicates which mode of transportation—subway or bike—is likely the best choice


Hagel suggests vague support for continued military use of biofuels

We read the tea leaves, since odds are that Hagel won't be asked about biofuels during his confirmation hearings.

Business & Technology

Shell made a ‘disappointing’ $62 million in profit each day over the last three months

One reason that number was so very, very low was disappointing sales of tar-sands oil.


Guacamole Sunday: A better name for the Super Bowl, or a crappy marketing campaign?

Central and South American growers are capitalizing on Americans' appetites for out-of-season avocados.


Sen. Reid proposes chopping $4 billion in oil subsidies to help the economy

With damage from spending cuts already being seen, an end to oil subsidies would be welcome but nowhere near enough.

Business & Technology

BP’s federal penalty for the Gulf spill is final: $4 billion

Here's a little context for the "largest criminal penalty" in history.


Good news for peer-to-peer car-sharing

Lyft takes off in California, clearing a regulatory hurdle and expanding into L.A. Meanwhile, Getaround is getting bigger in Portland.

Climate & Energy

U.S. lags woefully behind other rich countries on energy taxes

We'd rather spend $16 billion on a year's worth of crop insurance than 35 cents more for a gallon of gas. And don't even think about a carbon tax.