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The ethanol lobby has been extremely successful over the course of the last decade in growing the industry into one of Washington’s favorite pet projects. A reported 76 percent of each dollar in subsidies to renewable energies is allocated to ethanol, including $5 billion in annual tax credits. Auto companies historically have been supportive of […]

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If you’re mad about the spill, think about what you’re driving. The devastating oil spill in the Gulf Coast will embolden green transportation advocates to push harder for change—from fuel-efficient cars to public transportation and bicycle use. But that change won’t happen until drivers make a fundamental connection between their oil use, oil spills, and […]

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Nine days after an explosion killed 11 workers on an offshore drilling platform and sent thousands of gallons of crude oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico, the first of that oil began to wash ashore late Thursday night. As Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency and Washington stepped up its involvement […]

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An oil spill brought on by the collapse of an offshore drilling platform is now in its fourth day, as an estimated 42,000 gallons of oil continue to pour into the Gulf of Mexico every 24 hours. Though initially thought to be contained, the spill now covers more than 1,800 square miles, and some reports […]

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With health care reform finally in tow, the Obama administration has shifted its focus to passing long-awaited energy and finance reform bills before the end of the legislative year. Yesterday, Obama proposed an end to the offshore drilling moratorium that he so staunchly defended as a candidate—even in the face of record gas prices and […]

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Energy industry money is fueling a campaign currently underway in California to prevent the state’s landmark AB32 emissions standards from taking effect as planned. With the most aggressive pieces of the legislation scheduled to kick in in 2012, a new bill called the California Jobs Initiative would block their implementation until the state unemployment rate […]

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The Coda all-electric sedan, due late this year, is the underdog in the race for an affordable mass-market pure electric car. As a start-up, it doesn’t have the financial and marketing resources that Nissan and General Motors are putting behind the Leaf and Volt. Unlike Tesla and Fisker, Coda hasn’t received big government loans. So, […]

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A group fronted by Virgin CEO Richard Branson released a report this week warning that peak oil is not only real, but closer on the horizon than many might think. The Industry Taskforce for Peak Oil and Energy Security warns that demand for oil could outstrip supply as soon as 2015, a turn of events […]

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If it seems like a while since T. Boone Pickens has graced your television screen pushing his “Pickens Plan” for energy independence, it isn’t because he’s given up. The most recent Pickens Plan spot began airing yesterday, the first of three ads highlighting the appeal of domestically produced natural gas to power American vehicles. Pickens […]

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Mike Ruppert believes the end is near. It’s too late for hybrids, too late for electric vehicles, and too late for alternative energy. We’re simply going to have to learn to live without. Ruppert, a former LA cop and investigative journalist, is the focus of Collapse, a new documentary from director Chris Smith—whose previous works […]

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