Business & Technology

Hold Your Breath and Sell BP

I am very cautious about giving investment advice and downright reluctant to just pile onto the media frenzy attacking BP for its blunders in the …

Tainted green

The oil spill’s challenge to corporate sustainability

I generally don’t write much about big business, but in light of the implosion of BP’s “green” oil company image — it’s looking more Exxon …

Oil and Vinegar Redressing

BP should be like Newman’s Own

After the BP Gulf disaster is ancient history, I want that company to thrive. I want it to be vastly more profitable than ExxonMobil. It …

VIDEO: Is Gulf seafood safe to eat after oil spill?

New Orleans is world-famous for its seafood, but the Gulf Coast oil spill has left the future of the industry and those who rely on …

when the drilling gets tough

Snapshots of the ‘tough oil’ era

There are vigorous debates about when we reached, or will soon reach, peak oil, the stage at which we’ve used more of the planet’s oil …

Welfare reform we can believe in

IEA stunner: global subsidies to dirty energy top $550 billion a year

File this one under “news that ought to be the top headline across the world but will likely be ignored.” An early draft of a …

Birminghamburgers

How food micro-entrepreneurs nourish cities

In her book The Economy of Cities, the great urban theorist Jane Jacobs praised what she called the “valuable inefficiencies and impracticalities of cities.” To …

Fuelish behavior

The little black box that could save both lives and fuel

I recently took the Chevrolet Volt for a spin near San Francisco’s ballpark, checking another item off my electric-car life list. (Getting to drive pre-production …

48% of Americans Think BP Knowingly Violated Oil Drilling Regulations

The new Economist/YouGov poll is out (previous polls here), and it includes several questions on the disaster in the Gulf and offshore drilling. Of particular …