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Utilities can meet EPA standards without threatening reliability

Coal utilities are trying to scare Congress into thinking that if EPA follows up with its planned regulations, electricity rates will soar and there will be reliability problems in the electricity grid. Is it true? According to a comprehensive new analysis, no.

falling behind

The U.S.-China three legged race

Visualize the US and China tethered together, but each trying to beat the other to a prize more valuable than hot dogs: dominance in the 21st century

snack, crackle, pop

The (incredibly loud) sound of SunChips on the Today Show — featuring Grist!

Watch the Today Show -- and me! -- break down the issue of SunChips' new and noisy biodegradable bag.

Photovoltaic carports

They paved paradise and put up a (solar) parking lot

REC Solar announced a deal to install a photovoltaic array on a hospital's carports. At 2.9 megawatts, the installation will be the nation's largest solar carport complex.

Eggs-cellent

A chicken poo-powered fuel cell

On Tuesday, FuelCell Energy, announced the sale of a 1.4-megawatt chicken poo-powered fuel cell to an egg farm in California's Central Valley.

It's Showtime!

Enviros and Big Oil take their battle on the road

After our summer with the Senate, it's time to move on to something with a pulse. How about dueling roadshows, Enviros vs. Big Oil?

muscle car

Fred Flintstone wants this car and so should you

When your car is powered by pure muscle, backseat drivers are more than welcome. But to get your hands on one from HumanCar, you might have to get in line behind Fred Flintstone. Take a look at the future -- or is it the past? -- of transportation.

no props for you

Texas oil vs. California clean tech: the battle over Proposition 23

Out-of-state petro dollars have been fueling the effort to suspend California's landmark climate change law. Now the opposition to Proposition 23 is fighting back. The No on 23 campaign has forged a surprising new coalition of green groups looking to save the planet and the Silicon Valley tech firms, venture capitalists, and old-line corporations looking to profit from decarbonizing California.

What in tar nation?

Why it matters that spilled Michigan oil came from tar sands

Brace yourselves for this: An energy executive has been caught bending the truth to downplay an environmental disaster.

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