Business & Technology

Wanna know what’s in that fracking fluid? Tough

A Texas law requiring companies to disclose what's in fracking fluid has a loophole: If the info is a "trade secret," they don't have to tell.

Climate & Energy

Renewable energy consumption is expected to keep rising in the U.S. — sort of

Renewables in the U.S. are expected to increase 4.2 percent this year, but that trend could get quashed if Congress doesn't renew a tax credit for wind power.

Climate & Energy

Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December?

It's December, the time of year when you just want to huddle up with a roaring fire to provide comfort from the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside.

Climate & Energy

The world is producing 2.4 million pounds of CO2 a second

Meaning that the stark, unhappy statement of total 2011 production we made a few weeks ago was too low.


Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.

Climate & Energy

AAA, EPA, GM trade barbs over ethanol

The American Automobile Association says the E15 ethanol fuel mix damage vehicles. The EPA responds with brightly colored stickers.

Climate & Energy

Prominent fundamentalist: God gets sad when we don’t use the oil He gave us

Or at least so says Bryan Fischer, a prominent fundamentalist who hates gays and loves fossil fuels.


Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.


Too much carbon dioxide can have a negative effect on some crops

In case you thought too much CO2 was an unalloyed good.

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