United States oil production is on the rise. In the first quarter of 2012, average domestic crude oil production topped 6 million barrels per day (bbl/day).
It’s World Oceans Day today (in North Carolina it’s “No It’s Not!” Day), so the moment seemed opportune for a very brief followup on the Plugged-In post of a week or so ago about the NC state legislature considering a law that would make it all kinds of illegal for you to try to figure out what the ocean was likely to do in the next century...
After a half-century of brutal urban renewal, sidewalkless cul de sacs, and unwalkable sprawl, planners all over the world have turned towards what was left out of planning for decades: community...
In April 2012, the average price at the pump for a gallon of gasoline in the United States was $3.90. Where does this price come from?According to the Energy Information Administration, this $3.90/gal can be roughly broken down into four buckets:1...
This month, the U.S. Department of Commerce announced that new tariffs being levied on Chinese solar panel imports will be almost 10 times higher than previously announced – putting these new tariffs to around 35%...
According to North Carolina law, I am a billionaire. I have a full-time nanny for my children, I have won the Pulitzer Prize, and I get to spend the entire year taking guitar lessons from Mark Knopfler...
A new public-private partnership was announced today between CalCEF and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. The goal of this new partnership – dubbed CalCharge - is to create a regional ecosystem to spur innovation in energy storage (battery) technologies...
Our planet's health is ailing. That's the message in short from the 2012 Living Planet Report. Its content is sobering. We are devouring 50 percent more resources than the Earth produces annually...
By Melissa C. Lott and Scott McNally According to Dr. James Hansen, developing Canada’s tar sands would mean “game over for the climate.” And, the current Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies is disappointed with President Obama for not taking action to stop Canada from causing a climate change-induced apocalypse...
Business Insider reporter Robert Johnson tried to get a tour of the Alberta tar, err, oil sands operations, but was denied. So instead, he rented a Cessna and took photos from 1,000 feet in the air...
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