Business & Technology

A little gas

Is the Chevy Volt really an electric car?

The Chevy Volt will be in showrooms soon and that's raising the question of whether it's an electric car wannabe.

Big fish, small ponds

Walmart doubles down on local food

For the second time, the global retail giant Walmart, by far the nation's largest grocer, is rolling out an initiative to localize its food buying.

Their aim is true

Silicon Valley enlists Steve Jobs' wife, Elvis Costello in Prop 23 fight

Laurene Jobs, wife of Apple founder Steve Jobs, donated $200,000 to defeat California's Prop 23 that would suspend the state's global warming law.


American companies don’t want tar-sands oil on their logos, creating an opening

The most promising responses to the tar sands are the ones that shrink the demand for oil. Shaming companies that use tar-sands oil might help too.

King Corn, meet King Pyrrhus

EPA hands the ethanol lobby a hollow victory

The corn lobby got what it's been clamoring for: the EPA lifted its "blend wall" on ethanol mixes to 15 percent. There's a catch, though, that will make King Corn's victory downright Pyrrhic.

bin there, done that

Car recycling bins are finally here!

You know, when you're ready to trade in your car for bike.

A solar gamble

Feds approve first solar farm on government land in Nevada

The Obama administration's solar boom continues. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar signed the first lease for a huge solar project on federal Nevada land

New duds

What Monsanto’s fall from grace reveals about the GMO seed industry

Once the darling of Wall Street and the Darth Vader of the agribiz universe, Monsanto has fallen on hard times. The reason may have to do with the essentially over-hyped nature of GMO technology.

Feeling lucky?

Google makes big bet on offshore wind power along East Coast

Google is backing an underwater power transmission system that could bring a wind turbine boom to the Atlantic.