Oil

Oil

Ex-BP employee deleted 300 texts about oil spill’s true size

The Department of Justice filed criminal charges against an engineer who deleted messages containing sensitive information about the extent of the spill, just before lawyers were going to collect that sort of information from him.

Oil

Oil shale: An environmental disaster waiting to happen?

It used to be that oil came from a hole drilled in the ground. But as oil has become more scarce, the ways of getting at it have become more numerous — so much so that it’s getting hard to keep track. Oil sands, shale oil, oil shale: These are all different sources of oil. And if you can’t keep them straight, well, rest assured the oil industry will. The Council on Foreign Relations’ Michael Levi argues that it’s oil shale that might be the extraction point to watch in the coming years: “Oil shale” is basically rock that contains …

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.

Cleantech

Chair-dance-worthy indie rock video explains why plastics don’t have to suck

It's like Threadless and the Arcade Fire teamed up with BASF to talk about green chemistry and the threat of peak oil.

Oil

Oil execs get monster raises after a ‘very strong’ 2011

How big was your raise last year? John Watson, the CEO of Chevron, got a 52 percent bump in his compensation. That’s a nice chunk of change for anyone, and in Watson’s case, it brought his total yearly take up to about $25 million. Which is nothing to complain about, unless Watson is comparing his raise to the raise of his rival giganto oil company. In that case, he might be feeling a little bit short-changed.

Pollution

Diving deep: Susan Shaw, ocean crusader and environmental health pioneer

To see firsthand the impacts of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, Susan Shaw donned a wetsuit and snorkel and dove into the blackened waters. What she saw horrified her -- and it’s not over yet.

Climate & Energy

Why The Hunger Games is no climate parable: A science fiction pro explains

Author Paolo Bacigalupi (Windup Girl, Ship Breaker) talks about what a real eco-apocalypse looks like and the power of science fiction to inspire a better future.

Half-bike, half-car Velomobile goes 80 miles on 6 cents of electricity

The only thing better than a Velomobile is an electric Velomobile, which is the exact same thing, but with the addition of a kit to electrify the bike.

Green Cars

How China will force Americans to drive electric cars

The sheer number of vehicles being added in Asia means a whole new level of competition for oil. It’s a competition that Asia will almost surely win, and will probably do more to drive the adoption of electric cars in the U.S. than any policy or tax credit.

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