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We Can Afford to Meet the World’s Climate Goals

The world needs to be spending $800 billion a year more on clean energy if it’s to meet international climate goals. Given the $500 billion a year we already spend on fossil fuel subsidies, it should be within reach.

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The Boom-Bust Girls: Sisterhood Turns 60 in Casper, Wyoming

The Geowives, a social club for women whose husbands work in the energy industry, is having difficulty attracting new members, but the existing group remains committed to its Tuesday afternoon lunches.

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How Much Carbon Did You Emit Today?

New research suggests a reminder may inspire more environmentally friendly behavior.

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The Poor Regulation of the Fracking Industry

In Ohio, where gas drilling is booming and toxic waste abundant, legislators acted modestly to address concerns about public safety.

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Can Anyone Stop the Man Who Will Try Just About Anything to Put an End to Climate Change?

Most scientists oppose Russ George’s efforts to fix the world’s climate. But who’s going to do something about it?

The Future of Money

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When It Comes to Solar Power, the Market Is Finally Making Environmentalism Easy

The price of this renewable energy source is now competitive with older, dirtier alternatives—and getting cheaper by the day.

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The Gross Society: We’re Entering an Age of Energy Impoverishment

It’s hard to overstate just how serious a threat our energy crisis is to every aspect of our current way of life. But the problem is hidden from view by oil and natural gas production numbers that look and feel just fine.

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How Can We Best Measure the Serious Health Threats Posed by Fracking?

In Pennsylvania, opponents of gas drilling say regulators are slow and unprepared in responding to air quality complaints.

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Chesapeake Energy’s $5 Billion Shuffle

The energy giant raised the cash it needed to survive by slashing royalties it paid property owners to drill on their land.

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Hydrogen Fuel Is Set to Take Off, but Is It Safe?

In California, hydrogen-fueled cars are gaining in popularity. Will their safety issues garner greater scrutiny?

 

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Your Electric Car May Yet Generate a Small Income for You

Vehicle to grid technology has been talked about for a decade and half, and an industry consultant suggests it may finally start paying off.

 

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Solar Has Been in Our Energy Portfolio for 6 Millennia

In an excerpt from John Perlin’s new book, Let It Shine: The 6,000 Year Story of Solar Energy, the solar guru explains how making use of the sun’s energy is anything but a new technology.

 

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Is the U.S. Cowardly in Its Approach to Energy Efficiency?

There’s a raft of national benefits to being more energy efficient that don’t need to invoke climate or politics. So what’s the hold-up?

 

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How Gallium Nitride Could Help Power the World

One engineer’s effort to cut electrical waste at the wall.

 

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The Deluge Continues

Innovative drilling techniques, as explored in our March/April print issue, are remaking the geopolitical map in unpredictable ways.

 

Germany Unplugs Nuclear Power, Doesn’t Plug in Anything Else

Two years after deciding to phase out nuclear power, Germany’s government just reported that it is still producing more energy than it needs.

Economics Essays

Anti-fracking activists hold a rally outside a Democratic Party policy summit in New York in August 2012 to express their opposition to fracking to Governor Andrew Cuomo. (PHOTO: ALLAN TANNENBAUM/NEWSCOM)

The Energy Debate We Aren’t Having

The energy boom has the nation mired in chatter about a burgeoning job market, or panicked over certain environmental destruction. Instead, we should be asking: To whom will go the spoils of this bonanza, and on whose shoulders will the risks fall?

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The Deluge

Rapidly advancing technologies are opening up astonishing sources of oil and gas all over the world. We are entering a new era of fossil fuels that is reshaping global economics and politics—and the planet.

 

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Why We Should Drop the ‘Mad Max’ Metaphors

In Namibia, the filmmakers creating ‘Mad Max: Fury Road’ have run into a different kind of fury, and few roads.

 

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Why Can’t Obama Articulate His Energy Strategy?

The president’s all-of-the-above approach to oil, gas, coal, wind, solar and everything else has been comprehensive, but incomprehensible.

 

Social Networks Degrade Political Thinking

New research links suggests that discussing issues with a close-knit group can dampen the sophistication of one’s thinking on politics and public policy.

 

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Could the Smart Grid Finally Do Some Good for Consumers?

One small but important study shows that we could save money — and our behavior could change — if we were just given the right information.

 

Diesel: The Dirty Fuel That Could Usher in Clean Energy

Can we be smart enough to capitalize on the boom of dirty diesel fuel—recently listed as a carcinogen—to make renewables finally have an impact?

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We Need to Get Better at Password Protection

This whole Sony hack should teach us, above all else, a lesson on password security.

Most Diabetic Seniors Think Health Tracking Apps Are a Good Idea

But almost none of them actually use apps to help manage their diabetes.

Stop Trying to Be the ‘Next Silicon Valley’

American cities often try to mimic their more economically successful counterparts. A new study suggests that it's time to stop.

Don’t Text and Drive—Especially If You’re Old

A new study shows that texting while driving becomes even more dangerous with age.

The Big One

One in two United States senators and two in five House members who left office between 1998 and 2004 became lobbyists. November/December 2014

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