Business & Technology

Renewable Energy

The military's historic embrace of smart energy

The U.S. military's embrace of energy efficiency and renewable energy is going to be one of the great stories of the coming decade.

Scientists build machine to suck carbon from the air

This machine sucks carbon out of the air like a Ghostbusters beam snarfing up ectoplasm. The idea is that if we can build millions of these babies, and find a good place to stick the …

It's not just the U.S. — China is also eating Germany's solar lunch

Germany has more installed solar capacity than any other country on the planet, despite having a population of only 80 million people. You'd think that would be enough to drive a market for domestic solar …

Critical List: #realtalk from Clinton on climate; a DIY electric car

“We look like a joke, right?” — President Bill Clinton, on the ridiculousness that is America’s climate-denying Republican candidates. Obama is at least TRYING to cut coal, oil, and gas subsidies with his deficit reduction proposal. Your commute …

Solar Power

Over 100,000 Americans work in solar industry

The GOP makes no effort to hide its opposition to clean energy. But the solar industry far outpaces the growth rate of the overall U.S. economy.

Energy genius wins MacArthur grant

Shwetak Patel is revolutionizing home energy use, and people are noticing. Patel was just awarded a MacArthur Fellowship -- affectionately known as a "genius award" -- for his work creating user-friendly ways for people to …


What Solyndra didn't teach us about clean energy and job creation

There are ways to advance clean energy development even as you create jobs in the short term, despite what pundits are saying after the Solyndra bankruptcy.

Green Jobs

Can green jobs save the day?

All sorts of different claims and arguments get jumbled together under the rubric of green jobs. Let's pick apart the claims and get past the sloganeering.

Solar Power

Solyndra was collateral damage in a trade war with China

Solar-panel installations are booming in the U.S. even as domestic solar companies are struggling, thanks to China's policy of shoveling money into its solar industry.