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Bike branding moves from urban chic to mainstream

Fast Company‘s design blog reports on some inspiring advertising: Americans are riding bikes more than ever, yet cycling is still held up as some sort of cultish hobby relegated to aggro dudes with messenger bags …

Sun for the roses

Solar startups take a shine to Portland

Portland, the new hub of solar power in the U.S.?Photo courtesy of Keith SkeltonBack in the 1980s and ’90s, the region surrounding Portland was dubbed the Silicon Forest for the cluster of computer chip companies …

little by little

A conversation with pro-drilling environmentalist Amanda Little [AUDIO]

Amanda LittleAlison Stewart of PBS’s Need to Know speaks with Amanda Little, a Grist contributor and self-proclaimed “pro-drilling environmentalist.” Little describes her personal experience on an offshore oil rig, her argument for continuing offshore drilling, …

A newtility

Google Energy’s big green power purchase

A wind farm in Iowa.Photo courtesy Edith OSB via FlickrGoogle is officially in the green energy business. The search giant announced on Tuesday that its Google Energy subsidiary signed a 20-year power purchase agreement with …

welcome to the club

The Gulf Coast joins an oil-soiled planet

More oil is spilled in the Niger Delta every year than has been spilled in the Gulf so far.Photo courtesy Amnesty International Italia via FlickrThis essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here …

After the spill is gone

The next phase of the Gulf oil disaster: lawyers and lobbyists descend

Watch out: They’re coming …We’ve gone from a gush to a seep in the Gulf.  Sounds like progress. But in some ways, things are only beginning to get oily. This is the part where the …

A heroin addict can't go cold turkey

A deepwater drilling moratorium might be a bad idea for Louisiana

We can’t all go cold turkey.This article is part of a special issue of The Nation magazine about green energy, “Freedom From Oil.”  PORT SULPHUR, La. — Captain Pete, as everyone in town calls him, …

Localwashing(ton)

UPDATED: McDonald’s new ad campaign: Is it localwashing or not?

[See UPDATE below.] McDonald’s has a new localwashing campaign playing out on billboards in Seattle.  This one targets the Ballard neighborhood … Photos: Gilman Park … and comes with an amusing disclaimer: “Participation and duration …

The Big Green Buy

How Obama can wean the country off oil without help from Congress

Obama could kick off the “Big Green Buy.”Photo: Wikimedia CommonsThis article is part of a special issue of The Nation magazine about green energy, “Freedom From Oil.”  In the wake of the BP oil spill, …

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