Flexian Invasion: Strange Creatures Capture the Capital!
A new professional class of movers and shakers—people who serve overlapping roles in government, business, and media with smiling finesse—is controlling the flow of power and money in America. The anthropologist Janine Wedel is bent on making us understand just how dangerous this new normal can be.
The Environmental Defense Fund Is Pissing Off Fellow Environmentalists
Has the large advocacy group allowed itself to be “co-opted by industry interests"?
Nikola Tesla Would Not Approve of Your Online Viewing Habits
Collectively, we've spent more than 50 years watching the Tesla vs. Thomas Edison rap smackdown that went viral on YouTube.
New Books on Climate Change: 'Overheated' and 'A New World'
Not everyone is a pessimist when it comes to predicting the impact of climate change. Too bad the optimists aren’t nearly as convincing.
The Energy Debate We Aren't Having
The energy boom has the nation mired in chatter about a burgeoning job market, or panicked over certain environmental destruction. Instead, we should be asking: To whom will go the spoils of this bonanza, and on whose shoulders will the risks fall?
Could the Smart Grid Finally Do Some Good for Consumers?
One small but important study shows that we could save money — and our behavior could change — if we were just given the right information.
Diesel: The Dirty Fuel That Could Usher in Clean Energy
Can we be smart enough to capitalize on the boom of dirty diesel fuel—recently listed as a carcinogen—to make renewables finally have an impact?
Frac-o-nomics: More Gas Won't Guarantee Lower Prices
As humble guar gum illustrates, the economics of producing more fossil fuels won't automatically result in lower prices, nor will increased protections necessarily mean big price increases.