Business & Technology

GM will keep investing in electric-car R&D

Even as it strives to cut costs and keep its head above water, General Motors will push forward with investment in electric vehicles, according to ever-elusive “sources with knowledge of the plan.”

As material prices fall, U.K. grapples with mounds of un-recycled recyclables

Thousands of tons of recyclables in the United Kingdom — including bottles, cans, and newspapers — are sitting un-recycled following the sudden collapse of materials prices a few weeks ago. Recycling companies are asking the …

Shilled to pieces

On election day, King Coal celebrates public relations ‘landslide’

Originally posted at the Wonk Room. —– The American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE), the coal industry’s propaganda front group, is upbeat about this election day, as indicated by their press release today. ACCCE …

Ethanol industry struggling

Big Ethanol, once all the rage, is tanking under the triple threat of inconsistent corn costs, the shaky economy, and falling prices for the product. Plans for new plants have been put on hold, and …

Wind fail

The European wind industry continues its march to dominance

The European energy market has been driven for years by restrictions on CO2 and taxpayer support for renewable energy. As a result, Europe boasts many of the biggest, strongest wind companies in the world. In …

Ford rehires truck manufacturers

News from the They Just Don’t Learn Department: Ford will rehire 1,000 workers to build its F-150 pickup truck, expecting boosted consumer demand in the face of falling gas prices.

Feds deny GM request for merger bucks

General Motors’ request for up to $10 billion to aid its potential merger with Chrysler was spurned by the Treasury Department, say sources; instead, the Bush administration will try to speed along implementation of a …

Safety dance

Will a new administration give us the ‘safest food supply in the world’?

How many times have we been told we have the safest food supply in the world? Do we really? I suppose it depends on the comparison. Somalia? Kenya ? Eritrea? In developing countries, close to …

Green jobs are breathing life into Midwest states’ economies

Renewable energy has become a crucial source of good jobs for laid-off manufacturing workers in Rust Belt states, reports The New York Times.

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