Cleantech

Election 2012

Lay off the Konarka: Dem energy message risks defeating Dem energy message

The Democrats' "all of the above" energy message is an effective one. Their "Romney backed a solar clunker too" message is not.

Renewable Energy

The promise and peril of a military shift to biofuels

The U.S. military's most audacious green initiative is trying to find biofuels to power its fleets. The effort could transform markets ... but it also poses big risks.

Politics

Republicans try to force the military to use dirty energy it doesn’t want

The GOP wants to block the military's use of cleaner fuels and push use of dirtier fuels. "Supporting the troops" apparently ends where Big Oil contributions begin.

Election 2012

Could Romney’s scorn for wind power hurt him in the heartland?

Mitt Romney promises to revoke federal support for the wind industry. That might not go over well in swing states like Iowa, where the booming wind sector has wide, bipartisan support.

Renewable Energy

U.S. military kicks more ass by using less fossil-fuel energy

To understand the promise of renewable energy for the U.S. military, start as far from D.C. as possible -- say, with a company of Marines in Afghanistan.

Election 2012

Buzzword decoder: Your election-year guide to environmental catchphrases

Democrats like talking about "Big Oil" and "clean energy." Republicans favor "Solyndra" and "Keystone." No one's into "climate change."

Energy Policy

We’re half-assing the clean-energy transition

We're not moving fast enough to fight off catastrophic climate change, according to a new report from the IEA. What will it cost to really get going? A good chunk in the short term and negative dollars in the long term.

Biofuel

Modern-day DeLorean? Airplane runs on trash

One man’s trash is another man’s airplane fuel. Adventure-seeker Andy Pag aims to obtain funding and become the first person to fly a trash-fueled plane from one end of the U.K. to the other. His …

Renewable Energy

Clean energy: Still a wedge issue that favors Democrats

In his interview with Rolling Stone, Obama suggests that Republican politicians are out of touch with Republican voters. Democrats could exploit that weakness on the issue of renewable energy.

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