Business & Technology

Cash for Coal Clunkers

We should pay to shut down dirty old coal plants

“You catch more flies with honey than with vinegar.” Inspired by this adage, we could create a positive financial incentive to induce power companies to shut down old coal plants. And because coal plants are so costly to society, a Cash for Coal Clunkers program could be revenue neutral.

Still charging

California Legislature passes energy storage bill

California now boasts the nation's first energy storage bill, AB 2514. It promises to cement Arnold Schwarzenegger's legacy as a green governor.

cheesing it

What do cream cheese, screws, and solar panels have in common?

What really caught my eye was the Philadelphia brand cream cheese label that said the product was made with renewable energy.

Fed Letter Day

Want a car that gets good grades? Buy a hybrid

The federal government plans to grade cars based on their fuel efficiency. That C for the Ford A-150 pickup wont make everyone happy.

Sea to Shiny Sea

With drilling stalled in the Gulf, Big Oil sets its sights on the Arctic

Drilling is on hold in the Gulf of Mexico, but it's about to hit high gear in the Arctic. It's accessible because climate change is melting the polar ice

My smart meter, my self

California's smart meter fears

No one said changing our century-old power system into a digital smart grid was easy. But Californias already bogged down in a fight over smart meters

it's electric, boogie woogie woogie!

They Might Be Giants riding in electric cars [VIDEO]

As a general -- and generally very reliable -- rule, songs about green issues suck. Which makes it that much more refreshing to find this fun and catchy anthem about electric vehicles from the band They Might Be Giants. Won't you take this song for a ride?

The eBay of solar

California moves to set up auction market for green energy

California licensed the first U.S. large-scale solar thermal power plant in two decades, and it's building three big solar farms in the Mojave Desert

doctor's alders

Swapping health care for people to get health care for forests

If we want carbon-sequestering forests to be the picture of health, perhaps we've been barking up the wrong tree. A nonprofit and a health insurance provider have an idea that may help keep the forest for the trees.

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