Energy

September 3, 2008, 5am PDT
In New York City, bicycle courier businesses are witnessing new growth, while motorized couriers struggle to turn profit in an age of rising full-costs.
The New York Times
August 30, 2008, 7am PDT
Equity Office Properties Trust is undertaking major green renovations for its Boston properties, citing fiscal benefits as the impetus. When complete, the work will likely serve as a model for the Company's holdings across the country.
The Boston Globe
August 29, 2008, 11am PDT
Your morning cup of joe - all things considered - takes 140 liters of water to make. A new study reveals the true cost in water usage for crops and cultures.
WorldChanging
August 28, 2008, 1pm PDT
G.E. is currently experimenting with a new lased-based technology that could make nuclear enrichment much easier. This would be a boon to nuclear power, but would also make nuclear-based weapons easier to make.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 25, 2008, 5am PDT
A handful of thinkers and architects are pushing past LEED requirements to design buildings that generate more energy than they use.
PLENTY
August 24, 2008, 9am PDT
Concentrating solar, or 'solar thermal', is an old technology getting an update as solar power spreads across the Southwest.
The Christian Science Monitor
August 22, 2008, 12pm PDT
In order to reduce New York City's dependence on natural gas, Mayor Bloomberg is proposing an offshore wind farm and skyscraper-mounted turbines.
The Globe and Mail
August 22, 2008, 5am PDT
New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced plans to install windmills on some of the city's skyscrapers and bridges.
WCBS New York
August 21, 2008, 11am PDT
Planners in Montgomery County, MD are nixing a proposed bike path because of its nearness to 'ecologically sensitive parkland'. Bicycle proponents think this argument doesn't hold water. Says one,'they're already running a big highway through there.'
The Washington Post
August 21, 2008, 9am PDT
One of Congress' newest members sees it fitting that Americans should drive slower to save fuel - an appropriate sacrifice for a war she sees partly waged for oil. Her first bill, HR 6458, lowers speed limits to 60/65 mph (urban/rural areas).
The San Francisco Chronicle
August 21, 2008, 6am PDT
Solar power will get a big boost from two facilities planned for California, which will together be capable of generating 800 megawatts of power.
The New York Times
August 20, 2008, 5am PDT
Using the term 'oil supply crunch' as opposed to 'peak oil', this British report indicates that the oil crisis will hit by 2013, with prices jumping to $200/barrel. It states that the problem is not insufficient oil but obstacles to its extraction.
BBC News
Blog post
August 17, 2008, 9pm PDT

In a much discussed speech, ‘A Generational Challenge to Repower America,’ Al Gore challenged America to hit the off-switch on foreign oil and re-power itself with home-grown carbon-free energy– namely wind, solar and geothermal.

The predicted outcome Gore said would be a bold, energy independent nation ready to lead the world into the 21st century. However, such an effort, he asserted, would require “commitment to changing not just light bulbs, but laws. And Laws will only change with leadership.”

Mike Lydon
August 15, 2008, 11am PDT
The city of Austin considers a multi-billion dollar investment in a "biomass" power plant, burning wood waste in East Texas as a carbon-neutral, renewable energy source.
Austin American-Statesman
August 15, 2008, 10am PDT
Boise considers resurrecting their streetcar system after an 80 year absence.
The Boise Weekly
August 15, 2008, 9am PDT
With heating oil expected to be 36% more expensive, natural gas twice that amount, and LIHEAP funding lower than it was in the 1980s, there are grave warnings that the northeastern U.S. could be facing a "frozen Katrina" this winter.
The Nation
August 15, 2008, 8am PDT
In British Columbia, a proposal to require all new buildings to be carbon-neutral is being considered. The rule would require that buildings have no carbon footprint by 2020.
The Globe and Mail
August 13, 2008, 7am PDT
American businesses and consumers are changing their habits and finding ways to save energy.
Wall St. Journal
August 12, 2008, 2pm PDT
The public has relegated global warming well behind other issues, including high energy prices. This article examines the role of environmental groups in this backslide as the public warms to more drilling to reduce gas prices.
Politico
August 8, 2008, 11am PDT
<p>The cost of home heating is expected to rise considerably this winter, but with utilities unable to obtain credit, Washington deadlocked on how to deal with it, and LIHEAP underfunded American households are in for a tough winter.</p>
The New York Times