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D.C. schools refuse to disclose food-rebate accounting

Attorneys for D.C. Public Schools have refused to release an accounting of more than $1 million in rebates received from corporate food manufacturers, claiming that details about the rebates constitute "trade secrets."


Will Berkeley become the electric car capital?

Electric cars are coming! And the $41,000 question (before rebates and tax incentives) is whether American drivers will buy them. We say keep your eye on Berkeley, Calif.

Friday flashback

Cars that run on crap, and 9 more green stories to amaze your friends

128-degree weather. Climate denying iPhones. Hair on snakes (just kidding). Don't miss this week's true tales of green.

Well done

The meat industry feels the heat as the sustainable-food movement gains force

Once, the meat industry acted with impunity, confident that its lobbying clout could deflect challenges to its practices. Now it's on the defensive.

The gulf at the gas station

Can we calculate the true cost of our dependence on oil?

A BP shareholder comes clean on big oil, the true costs of an increasingly dangerous dependency, and why BP may bounce back from this disaster virtually unscathed.

Photovoltaic factory town

Prop 23 threatens Silicon Valley's newest solar assembly line

American solar companies are building factories in California even though it would be far cheaper to make photovoltaic panels in China. Why? "The ecosystem is here," explains green tech investor Vinod Khosla. But that balmy business climate will change if California voters pass Prop 23 in November.


Will BP and the White House become strange bedfellows in the Gulf?

Remember that $20 billion escrow account BP is creating to cover damages in the Gulf of Mexico? It's raising hackles with environmentalists.

Economic climate change

Silicon Valley: Prop 23 will kill off the Googles of green tech

With election season looming, battle lines are being drawn over Proposition 23, the California ballot initiative that would effectively repeal the state's landmark climate change law. "Electric Bills & Oil Spills: Will California Continue to be a Clean Energy Leader?" was the title of a gathering Tuesday at Google's Silicon Valley headquarters. Attendees were less concerned about Prop 23's environmental consequences than its potential to derail California's green tech revolution.

Northeast Biodiesel, Born

Co-op capitalizes renewable energy businesses

Co-op Power, a renewable energy cooperative, broke ground on its newest green business, Northeast Biodiesel, last week.

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