Business & Technology

bundle of energy

U.S. likely to become a major energy exporter in a decade

But the outlook for meeting emissions targets doesn’t look promising.

On hire ground

China plans to create 13 million clean energy jobs by 2020.

The country has announced that it will invest $361 billion in renewable energy through the end of the decade.

California droughtin'

Drought doesn’t just mean less water — it also means more pollution.

During California's recent drought, hydropower was way down, so utilities burned a lot more natural gas.

Rexit

Secretary of state pick to get $180 million from Exxon

As part of the deal, outgoing CEO Rex Tillerson will “sever all ties with the company to comply with conflict-of-interest requirements.”

Go further north

Ford is revving up its plans for electric and driverless vehicles.

The automaker is cancelling plans for a $1.6 billion factory in Mexico, instead investing $700 million in an existing plant in Michigan.

Dam nation

Costa Rica got 98 percent of its electricity from renewables in 2016.

The Central American nation is large and in charge when it comes to renewable energy. But it's not perfect. Yet.

Nostra-dumb-ass

A snarky 1917 article was totally sure we’d be over coal by 2017.

“Something better and cheaper will have been discovered," a writer penned.

sodium bicarbon-great

This plant in India transforms CO2 into baking soda.

The backers of a new technology say it could ultimately neutralize 5 to 10 percent of the world’s CO2 emissions from coal.

It wasn't all a dumpster fire

2016 was a great year for wind and solar, even if nobody noticed.

Renewable energy continued making big gains.