New Fuel Economy Proposal Would Bring Major Oil Savings

November 21, 2011 by Therese Langer

Federal agencies have formally proposed standards that would raise average car and light truck fuel economy to nearly 50 miles per gallon by 2025, up from the current average new auto fuel economy of about 28 miles per gallon. The National Highway Safety Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency acted jointly to propose...[read more]

To The Military, Renewable Energy a Matter of National Security

October 11, 2011 by Peter Lehner

When you’ve seen your soldiers die protecting a fuel convoy, you know that the need for clean energy and efficiency is real, urgent, and transcends political squabbling. This Sunday four high-ranking officials from the Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines spoke out in support of a clean energy future for America. They published an op-ed in...[read more]

What Could We Substitute For Canadian Tar Sands Oil?

September 1, 2011 by A Siegel

This is a guest post from the thoughtful BruceMcF. There has recently been a flurry of activism regarding regulatory approval of the “XL Pipeline” in support of bitumen production from Canadian Tar Sands. Along with hundreds arrested in front of the White House, this is an issue that has attracted substantial attention from a variety...[read more]

Maine Passes Historic Law to Reduce Oil Use

August 17, 2011 by Deron Lovaas

Oil dependence is an issue that can bring together people from all over the political spectrum, as it touches on national security, economics and the environment. So it’s not terribly surprising – although it is encouraging -- that the nation’s first oil-savings bill was passed in a state led by a Tea Party governor and a Republican-dominated legislature.[read more]

Obama Finalizes First-Ever Pollution Standards For Trucks

August 8, 2011 by Luke Tonachel

Aug 9, President Obama will announce new fuel efficiency and carbon pollution standards for heavy-duty trucks. This is a historic step forward because these are first-ever standards of this type and they start of process of what are expected to be ongoing improvements in heavy truck performance. The standards will result in freight...[read more]

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – Good for Aluminum; Good for Uranium

July 13, 2011 by Rod Adams

  (Note: Video credit to Barry Brook of Brave New Climate.) The Southern Alliance for Clean Energy is taking issue with the idea of recycling used nuclear fuel to recover the energy that remains after the first pass of the fuel through a nuclear reactor. They have issued a call for action to encourage their members to...[read more]

How American Ingenuity Can Reduce Our Pain at the Gas Pump: Part 2

April 21, 2011 by Simon Mui

In this blog (Part 2 of 2),  I take a swing at describing ways that electric-drive vehicles can help reduce our pain at the gasoline pump, benefit our economy, and clean up our air. Yesterday, Secretary LaHood of the U.S. Department of Energy spoke at the Electric-Drive Transportation Association (EDTA) Conference and the progress...[read more]

'Stop The Sensationalism Of MOX Fuel'

April 17, 2011 by Dan Yurman

Guest blog post by Jacques Besnainou, CEO, Areva, Inc I am writing this essay today as a frustrated and fed up reader of nuclear-related stories originated by anti-nuclear organizations. While most recent reporting on the Fukushima reactors has been fair, some quite admirable, the coverage of MOX (mixed oxide) nuclear fuel has been...[read more]

America can win the clean energy race

March 1, 2011 by Sam Carana

Alternatives to fossil fuel are available that are superior in many respects. Not only are they better for the environment, they are better for our health, they are cheaper, more efficient, better for our balance of payments, they can decentralize things, making things less vulnerable to failure and attack, and they can create many clean local job and investment opportunities, avoiding military conflicts over fossil fuel, etc. Nations around the world are competing to facilitate the shift to a clean economy. Many believe that China, with its huge and cheap workforce, is in the best position to do so. Nations like Germany, Japan and South Korea count on the strength of their export industries. What chances does America have?[read more]

UPS turns to LNG, not CNG, for natural gas fueled long-haul trucks

February 25, 2011 by Michael Giberson

The low cost of natural gas and the high cost of petroleum products like diesel and gasoline have produced a lot of interest in natural gas as a transportation fuel. It is an idea that’s been around for a while and works fine in practice. Most of the interest and effort has gone into using compressed natural gas (CNG). UPS recently...[read more]

On Energy Transition, US Military Leads

December 20, 2010 by Scott Edward Anderson

Photo Credit: US ArmyAs Tom Friedman points out in his column yesterday, "the U.S. military loses one person, killed or wounded, for every 24 fuel convoys it runs in Afghanistan." Soldiers and others are put in harm's way as part of convoys, hundreds and hundreds of them, needed to transport fuel to run air conditioners and diesel...[read more]

Woolsey, Khosla: Bullish on biofuels

June 29, 2010 by Marc Gunther

What should we do with corn? Shove it into cows that become fatty, high-cholesterol meat that contributes to heart disease? Turn it into cheap sugars that make people fat or sick? Or use it to produce biofuels that will help reduce the U.S.’s dependence on Middle East oil, improve our balance of payments and  create jobs instead of...[read more]

Energy Density Comparison

June 6, 2010 by Rod Adams

One of the primary advantages that nuclear energy sources have over chemical energy competitors is energy density. Using our current, rather primitive technology that essentially obtains nuclear energy from the 0.7% fraction of uranium that is easily fissioned with a single, low energy neutron, uranium contains about 16,000 times as...[read more]

The cost of wind, the price of wind, the value of wind

May 9, 2009 by Big Gav

Jerome a Paris has an excellent (and long) article at TOD about the economics of wind power - The cost of wind, the price of wind, the value of wind.I'd like to try to clear some of the confusion that surrounds the economics of wind power, as it is often fed and used by the opponents of wind to dismiss it. As I noted recently, even the...[read more]

New McCain TV Ad Blames Obama for High Gas Prices

July 22, 2008 by Tim Hurst

The latest John McCain ad is so full of flagrant logical gaps and bad rhetoric it makes me cringe. And since I figured you’d want to cringe too, I’ve included it for your perusal. Perhaps the most cringeworthy portion of the advertisement is when the commercial’s narrator asks, “Who can you thank for rising prices at the pump?”, while a...[read more]