Lower Energy Prices Help Many Americans Stay Warm

Many Americans struggle during the winter with expensive and excessive consumption of energy resources to keep warm. Inflated energy prices really puts a strain on many families and their budgets. However, this upcoming winter will be a bit easier to get through, thanks to the fracking boom. Propane prices are 24 percent and consumption is […]

Keystone XL Meet Energy East

President Obama’s reluctance to approve the Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to the Gulf Coast, is forcing one of the largest energy rich countries to look at alternative ways to export its crude. The proposed TransCanada Energy East pipeline would be an all-Canada pipeline transporting the vast reserves of Alberta’s oil sands to the city […]

The New Climate Economy

A new report from the Global Commission on the Economy and Climate claims that the appropriate action to reduce the risks of global climate change will have many positive effects on nation’s economies. Without (undefined) urgent action: Global warming could exceed 4 degrees Celsius. Delay in action could cut global consumption growth by 0.3 percent […]

The Gas Tax

The American Petroleum Institute’s Gasoline Tax interactive map allows users to check out each state and the United States average state excise tax, other state taxes/fees, total state taxes/fees and total state and federal taxes. Some of the states with the highest federal and state gasoline tax include: New York — 68.90 cents California — […]

How We Misjudge Costs and Benefits with Energy Efficiency

Imagine walking up to someone sitting in a Lexus and offering a $5-an-hour job flipping burgers. How many people do you think would accept? Probably none. Yet, I often see people waiting at Costco for half an hour to save 10 cents a gallon on gas. Even for the owner of an SUV with a […]

Solar Energy #1 by 2050?

According to the latest reports by the International Energy Agency, the sun could be the largest source of energy in the world. It would be larger than fossil fuels, wind, hydroelectric and nuclear. Solar photovoltaic systems could generate up to 16% and solar thermal electricity up to 11% of the world’s electricity. The rapid cost […]

Critical Minerals: Rare Earths and the U.S. Economy

Rare earths are 17 elements in the Earth’s crust used in a variety of applications, from hybrid cars and x-ray units to cell phones and wind turbines. Unfortunately, the United States is largely dependent on China for these critical minerals,posing a serious threat to the American economy. Despite their name, rare earths (REs) are relatively abundant.  […]

Thorium’s Potential to Deliver Safer, Cleaner and Cheaper Energy

Nuclear energy promised to generate low-cost electricity safely, with fewer environmental and health problems from air and water pollution than fossil-fueled power plants. For a number of reasons, that promise has not been fulfilled. However, in addition to new designs for uranium-fueled reactors, efforts are underway in a number of countries to develop commercial nuclear […]

Google Quits ALEC Before Climate Summit

The executive chairman of Google, Eric Schmidt, says that their support of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) was a mistake. This announcement comes just before the United Nations Climate Summit. Google has not altered in their support of ALEC in recent years. This sudden change comes as major U.S. companies are being pressured to […]

Rockefellers Buckle to Climate Change Summit

Just before the United Nation Summit on Climate Change that happened yesterday, the long-time Rockefeller Standard Oil family made a major announcement: On Monday, The Rockefeller Brothers Fund announced their divestment from the fossil fuel industry “in a move to pressure companies that are adding to climate change.” The amount of divested funds have reached […]