Business & Technology

Business & Technology

Army’s newest drone will be ‘green’

The Army is increasingly aware that the only way for its war machine to keep turning is for it to eliminate the long, vulnerable supply chain currently required to get energy to its soldiers. That’s one reason why it just …

Election 2012

Up with people: What is Obama doing about our cities’ chronic problems?

Puffy ideas from the creative class are not going to solve urban America’s stickiest problems of subpar education, poverty, and mass imprisonment. To do that, we’ll need hard-nosed solutions and strong leadership from the top. How is the president doing?

Election 2012

Obama’s first ad focuses on green jobs

President Obama released the first ad of his reelection campaign, and it’s about clean energy jobs and oil independence — plus, it hits back at a Koch-funded attack ad that fudged the facts. This is unusually green (as in actually …

Oil

Keystone XL decision is a big win — for now

The State Department and the president denied the permit for the Keystone XL pipeline. This is a big win for activists, but the fight against Big Oil continues.

Transportation

Tea Party mayor gets spanked for rejecting public transit

Last fall, the mayor of a leafy Detroit suburb led the fight against that darkest of evils: trains! But when the local business community lashed back, the Tea Partiers beat a hasty retreat, raising more questions about their ability to …

Green Cars

How plug-in cars can face up to winter’s challenges

Plug-in and hybrid vehicles face particular challenges in cold weather. But new technologies in the works could help those cars cope.

Oil

Clean energy policies create more jobs than Keystone

Obama is poised to reject Keystone XL this afternoon, so brace for a lot of Republican bellyaching about how he obviously doesn’t care about jobs. There is a problem with this line of argument, and it’s that it is nonsense. …

Green Cars

Almost all U.S. car use is within an electric car’s range

Because it takes longer to fill up an electric vehicle than to fill a gas tank, and because EV infrastructure is still limited, the most common criticism of EVs goes something like “OMG RANGE ANXIETY.” And, sure, no one wants …

Cities

Beautiful struggle: Martin Luther King and the fight for the environment

On the anniversary of King's birthday, we search for common ground between those who fight to save wild places, and those fighting for their lives in the cold city streets.