Fossil Fuels

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

Congressional report says ‘drill, baby, drill’ won’t protect U.S. from oil price spikes

The Congressional Budget Office concludes that the only effective tool to shield Americans from price shocks is to (wait for it) use less oil.

Election 2012

Big Oil dominates political attacks on Obama

Last month, almost 14,000 negative ads focused on energy. Why is energy dominating the right's campaign against Obama?

Coal

Fighting coal export terminals: It matters

The fate of the U.S. coal industry hinges on its ability to increase exports to China and India. If activists can quash coal export terminals, they can hobble the coal industry.

Fossil Fuels

Apple’s dirty energy supplier: ‘Nothing to see here’

Duke Energy, which supplies power to an Apple data center in North Carolina, pulled a paper from its website that bragged about Apple’s energy-guzzling ways.

Coal

U.S. coal is on the decline, and utility execs know it

Every week brings a new story about coal's decline in America. Here are two from last week.

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 aircraft, a microlight plane, will be powered by gasoline made from un-recyclable plastics like bags and packaging. The fuel is made by a British company using Fischer–Tropsch synthesis–a process of making synthetic fuel that dates back to before WWII. Pag says the fuel is worth highlighting because it produces limited CO2, and reduces the volume of plastics that otherwise would go to landfills.

Election 2012

Happy Earth Day, Mitt!

Mitt Romney might be the country's No. 1 brownwasher, trying to cover up past greenery and blend in with the GOP crowd.

Coal

New climate strategy: Buy the damn coal and keep it in the ground

A new paper proposes that we buy up coal deposits in countries around the world to keep them from being exploited. It's fascinating strategy, but could it work?

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