Energy

February 16, 2009, 5am PST
Cellulosic ethanol - biofuel produced from non-edible plant material - has been 'five years out' for a long time. Obstacles remain to mass production, but a handful of producers are up and running.
The Christian Science Monitor
February 12, 2009, 2pm PST
In a speech in Houston on Tuesday, Saudi Arabia Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi expressed concern that too much emphasis on alternative energies would mean lack of funding for oil investments.
International Business Times
February 12, 2009, 8am PST
This article's author reports his and economist Matthew Kahn's recent findings on metropolitan areas and carbon emissions. As it turns out, living in a high density area is one of the best things one can do for the environment.
The DC Examiner
February 11, 2009, 12pm PST
Now that the eco-friendlier--albeit more unsightly--way to dry laundry is making a comeback, line-drying activists go face-to-face with homeowners associations to make it safe to do it.
Los Angeles Times
February 11, 2009, 6am PST
"Casual carpooling," an informal system involving commuting with complete strangers, has taken off in the Bay Area. Passengers and drivers cite money, time, and the environment for its success.
GOOD Magazine
February 10, 2009, 2pm PST
Now that the $838 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed the Senate, where will the money go? Stimulus Watch has a breakdown of every project by state, and by type. Here are links to the transit, roads, energy, and housing projects.
Stimulus Watch
February 9, 2009, 1pm PST
The New York Times reports that the renewable energy industry is hurting badly in this recession. Lack of available credit is the main reason, and while the stimulus bill may help, it will not be the solution.
The New York Times
February 8, 2009, 9am PST
Attendees packed the room for the presentation of the Seaside Prize to James Howard Kunstler and to hear new urbanist luminaries discuss the current state of the economy.
The Walton Sun
February 5, 2009, 10am PST
This editorial lauds the new president for acting hastily on granting the waiver to allow CA and 13 states to require higher mileage vehicles, but warns it must not be an end in itself. A higher gas tax, it notes, will do more to reduce emissions.
Los Angeles Times
February 5, 2009, 6am PST
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. is working with startup E-Fuel to create gas from their brewing yeast waste.
Earth2Tech
February 5, 2009, 5am PST
From Boston to Austin to L.A., more and more cities across the U.S. are making efforts to reduce their carbon emissions and environmental impact by instituting green building codes.
Governing
February 4, 2009, 10am PST
The newly passed stimulus bill's sustainability elements are blessings for green builders and environmentalists. As far as commercial property owners are concerned, however, those elements may be seen as too much work for little benefit.
National Real Estate Investor
February 3, 2009, 2pm PST
Futurist Dr. Ray Kurzweil is part of a team of big thinkers on the faculty of Singularity University, a joint project of Google and NASA with a mission to solve "humanity's grand challenges."
TechCrunch
February 3, 2009, 12pm PST
In an effort to improve gas mileage, 400 drivers in Denver participated in an experiment that tracked and reported the bad driving habits -- idling, rapid accelerating and braking -- that waste fuel. Faced with the data, driving habits have changed.
Los Angeles Times
February 2, 2009, 2pm PST
A program known as ‘cash for clunkers’ is being considered for inclusion in the Senate stimulus package to make the U.S. auto fleet more fuel-efficient and stimulate demand for new, cleaner cars. Will the older vehicles will be scrapped or resold?
Bloomberg News
February 2, 2009, 8am PST
The City of Austin is set to take in a record amount of solar power to advance towards a goal of deriving 30% of local energy from renewable sources by 2020.
Austin American-Statesman
January 30, 2009, 7am PST
A futuristic-looking, carbon-neutral development is rising on the shores of the Caspian Sea in Azerbaijan, featuring residential buidlings designed to mimic the country's famous Seven Peaks.
Loudreams
January 29, 2009, 10am PST
Global warming has slipped precipitously in the public's mind as a top concern, as the nation's recession took the number one slot in a Pew Research Center telephone poll. In fact, it ranked last in a list of 20 issues, yet 'energy' was #6.
The New York Times
Blog post
January 28, 2009, 5pm PST

The green marketplace is the marketplace of the future. From Wal-Mart to Toyota to the neighborhood dry cleaner, it seems like every business is going out of its way to tell us how green they are. That could either be a great thing because these businesses are actually using environmentally-friendly practices, or it could be a bad thing because they're just claiming to be green. Regardless of whether it's one or the other, what's certain is that they say they're green because that's what we want to hear.

Nate Berg
January 28, 2009, 11am PST
It's not Blue vs. Red, but Green vs. Brown when it comes to energy policy debates on Capitol Hill.
The New York Times