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Obama’s Drilling Ban Is Just One of Many Forces Pushing the U.S. Toward Renewables

Obama’s Drilling Ban Is Just One of Many Forces Pushing the U.S. Toward Renewables

Barack Obama has banned new oil and gas drilling in huge stretches of U.S.-owned waters across the Arctic and Atlantic oceans. In a statement, the White House deemed “the vast majority of U.S. waters in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas as indefinitely …Continue reading

Should the Super-Rich Save Climate Research from Trump?

Judging from statements made by President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team, and the growing list of nominees for key jobs in his administration, the future of environmental science and clean energy research is looking shaky. The question is, even if America’s climate-friendly billionaires …Continue reading

Capitalism Behaving Badly

Despite healthy corporate earnings, an employment rate that has slowly rebounded since the financial crisis of 2008, and the outpouring of high-tech distractions from Silicon Valley, many people have an aching sense that there is something deeply wrong with the economy. Slow …Continue reading

Why We Still Don’t Have Better Batteries

Earlier this year, Ellen Williams, the director of ARPA-E, the U.S. Department of Energy’s advanced research program for alternative energy, made headlines when she told the Guardian newspaper that “We have reached some holy grails in batteries.” Despite very promising results from …Continue reading

An Electric Car Future Needs Non-Trumpian Policies

Automakers continue to push electric cars—but demand for the vehicles is currently limited, and the kinds of policy decisions required to make them popular may never materialize. Every self-respecting car manufacturer appears to be clamoring to be seen as a proponent of …Continue reading