Imagine a world where instead of burning fossil fuels, we use tiny coiled strings smaller than human hairs but stronger than steel to power all of our smart phones, electric cars, and whatever other gadgets we’ve dreamed up. These strings would generate energy by being stretched and pulled, and therefore could be…
For Mayor Philip Stoddard, requiring solar on new buildings in his city of South Miami was a no-brainer.
Electric cars and smartphones of the future could be powered by supervolcanoes like Yellowstone after scientists discovered that ancient deposits within them contain huge reservoirs of lithium—a chemical element used to make lithium-ore batteries, supplies of which are increasingly dwindling.
Jim Justice swapped parties in a highly publicized rally with President Trump. Now, he has a novel plan to prop up the dying coal industry: The federal government should pay power plants for every ton of Appalachian coal they buy, “in order to preserve our eastern coalfields.”
Oklahoma has established itself as a breeding ground for prominent climate change deniers. Jim Inhofe has inveighed against climate action for years from his perch in the Senate, going as far as bringing a snowball into the chamber to prove his point that snowballs exist, or something like that. Then with Trump’s…
Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee signed the Solar Incentives Jobs Bill earlier this month, promising support that will help carry the market until the clean energy technology becomes affordable enough to survive without federal tax incentives — due to phase out beginning in 2019.
In the spring of 2009, Mark Parkinson, then governor of Kansas, was considering a request from Sunflower Electric to build a new coal-fired generator in Holcomb, a small town in the western half of the state. Parkinson, eager to draw more wind developers to Kansas, said he would authorize the project if Sunflower…
One could be forgiven for thinking that renewable energy is by far the most subsidized form of power. But those yelling the loudest about the high costs of renewables know they are drowning out an important and detrimental fact to their argument: fossil fuels are hardly supporting themselves.
Although very few people know it, the Trump administration has declared this week Energy Week at the White House. Themed weeks have not worked out so well for Trump, who seems stuck in the cycle of attack-the-media-and-wait-for-something-to-happen-with-health-care timeline.
Even clean energy could devastate the Amazon, according to new research. A massive increase in hydropower from a series of planned Amazon dams could harm the world’s most important rainforest all the way from the slopes of the Andes to the Atlantic Ocean.