Business & Technology

Reading the signs

Why urban businesses have better advertising

It’s no secret that there are lots of chain businesses in sprawling areas and relatively more independent businesses in urban cores. The blog Discover Urbanism …

When Laughter is the best Oil Spill Solution

BP gets proverbial a** kicking from funny men

Since the oil keeps spilling in the Gulf of Mexico and there’s still not much you and I can do, it seems for now that …

It Takes an Army

BP gears up to win over Washington and the rest of us

A BP trash bag — not quite big enough to contain its mess.Photo: abrahamhyat via FlickrA little less than a month ago, back before he …

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 …