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BiofuelsAll eyes are on next-generation biofuels, now that the sheen is off corn ethanol. Still there’s an enormous government mandate for the alternative fuel whose environmental benefits are questionable and that could pose a threat to global food security.
For all its faults, the Renewable Fuels Standard is the only federal policy that is steadily eroding the oil industry's de facto monopoly on motor fuels.
The American oil industry could be on the verge of winning its war on the federal Renewable Fuel...
Feb 10, 2014 | Read More
Workers installing solar panels on a roof near Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
‘No need for any type of fossil fuel,' says lead author of new report. Wind, water and sunlight could supply all New York state's power.
By 2050, New York State could run entirely on energy produced from wind, water and sunlight. That...
Mar 21, 2013 | Read More
Electric car outside of EWS, Germany's first green power cooperative utility.
Clean Break: Chapter 6 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Phoenix, Arizona—From a block away, the house was hardly visible, hidden by a dense stand of native...
Nov 20, 2012 | Read More
Electric trolley in Vauban, a car-free, energy-efficient zone in Freiburg.
Clean Break: Chapter 5 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Hamburg, Germany—It was late morning when I stepped out of my hotel lobby and into the jostle of...
Nov 19, 2012 | Read More
Anti-nuclear protest in Freiburg, Germany, in March 2011.
Clean Break: Chapter 4 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Bonn, Germany—On the afternoon of April 29, 1986, West Germany's Interior Minister Friedrich...
Nov 16, 2012 | Read More
Markus Bohnert, co-director of Bürger Energie St. Peter.
Clean Break: Chapter 3 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Sankt Peter im Schwarzwald, Germany—The Abbey of St. Peter in the Black Forest has had its ups and...
Nov 15, 2012 | Read More
Wind farm in Germany.
Clean Break: Chapter 2 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Zingst, Germany—"What an eyesore, huh?" the man standing next to me on the beach said, nodding in...
Nov 14, 2012 | Read More

The German Parliament building in Berlin was rebuilt by British architect Sir Norman Forster after reunification as a symbol and an example of the Energiewende, the name for the country's...

Nov 13, 2012 | Read More
A German farming village with rooftop solar panels.
Clean Break: Chapter 1 in the story of Germany's switch to renewables
Berlin, Germany—The view from the Reichstag roof on a sun-drenched spring afternoon is spectacular...
Nov 13, 2012 | Read More
Oil sands upgrader
Adam Brandt, global expert on the carbon footprint of fuels, explains why oil sands' 20% greater greenhouse gas emissions are significant.
The debate over the Keystone XL oil pipeline heated up again last week after the Congressional...
May 22, 2012 | Read More