Energy

January 22, 2009, 9am PST
The author of this article offers a few ideas on how to better use our 46,000 miles of highway. From the integration of rail lines to the development of electricity distribution grids, the interstate has more potential than it seems.
Metropolis Magazine
January 21, 2009, 12pm PST
PBS' NOW goes to California to look at new state requirements for renewable energy, and the battle over where the new infrastructure will go.
NOW
January 21, 2009, 8am PST
Berkeley, California has launched a citywide program that offers support to residents who wish to reduce their carbon footprints. Like Alcoholics Anonymous, these support groups are "part social, part confessional and partly about accountability."
The San Francisco Chronicle
January 20, 2009, 12pm PST
John Norquist presents CNUs recommendations for improving the American Recovery and Reinvestment Economic Recovery Bill, including more funding for transit and smarter road building.
Congress for the New Urbanism
January 20, 2009, 7am PST
Miami and Miami-Dade County are working together to implement a robust network of bicycle infrastructure that in tandem with ongoing events like Bike Miami Days and County led Ciclovia events,will help residents and visitors get out of their cars.
Miami Herald
January 19, 2009, 9am PST
The Department of the Interior has decided that a proposed wind farm to be built in the waters off Cape Cod poses 'no serious environmental threat.' Homeowners and boaters on the Cape, including Ted Kennedy, continue to fight it.
The New York Times
January 18, 2009, 1pm PST
Even as businesses across the spectrum are failing, the small alternative energy companies are seeing increased investment and a growing market.
The Wall St. Journal
January 18, 2009, 9am PST
When Borton and Welsh found 90 acres bordering a national forest near Whitehall, Montana, they parked a trailer, dug in, and began building Sage Mountain Center, a combination of cordwood and straw bale, powered off-grid by the sun and wind.
Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments
January 17, 2009, 1pm PST
An exhibition in Houston organized by the Center for Land Use Interpretation looks at how the oil industry has transformed the landscape of Texas.
The Blaffer Gallery
January 16, 2009, 11am PST
UC Davis Professor Daniel Sperling, a transportation expert and member of CA's ARB has co-written "Two Billion Cars: Driving Toward Sustainability". In this radio interview, Sperling describes cleaner auto technologies but dismisses transit's role.
NPR: 'Fresh Air'
January 16, 2009, 8am PST
Alex Steffen of WorldChanging looks at the Obama administration's moves towards funding more highways, the appointment of Ray LaHood, and argues that we can do much better.
WorldChanging
January 15, 2009, 12pm PST
If we're looking for a way to kick-start a green economy, we could do worse than investing in American-made, high-efficiency furnaces, argues Paul Loeb.
CommonDreams
January 15, 2009, 10am PST
A proposed bridge going over the Columbia River in the Portland-Vancouver area may be able to power itself with wind turbines integrated right onto the design.
OregonLive
January 15, 2009, 9am PST
Due to consumers cutting back, the global market for recyclables has collapsed and even begun to cost some cities' recycling programs.
The Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2009, 12pm PST
A Washington, D.C. church contends that its current facility, a historic Brutalist buildling, interferes with its theology and should be able to replace it with something more "welcoming" and fitting with "the scale of the community."
The Christian Science Monitor
January 14, 2009, 11am PST
It's clear that both domestic and international auto companies are gearing up to manufacture all-electric (battery-powered) vehicles, though whether the market goes for them is another story with gas prices at historic lows.
The New York Times
January 12, 2009, 12pm PST
Exxon's CEO has joined Al Gore, Dr. James Hansen, and others on the forefront fighting climate change in requesting a carbon tax, though they make in clear it should be in lieu of cap & trade, the method favored by the Democrats.
The Wall Street Journal
January 10, 2009, 7am PST
If you want to drive your biofuel car between Gary, Indiana to Mobile, Alabama, now you can. A collaboration of states with the Dept. of Energy has created a 886-mile corridor of biofueling stations stretching from Lake Michigan to the Mobile Bay.
Clean Cities Now
January 9, 2009, 10am PST
The unexpected plunge in oil prices is leading to declining investments in renewables and may prove politically destabilizing, argues Michael Klare.
TomDispatch
January 9, 2009, 6am PST
A new study from SMR Research Corporation reveals that people who live alone use 18% more energy than two-person households, and 30% more than three-person homes. McMansions are, or course, cited as big wasters.
The Ground Floor