Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jan 26, 2009 | Satish Saini
    It is breathtaking how easily many now say, "This is the worst economic crisis since the Depression." The Depression remade America. It spawned the Public Utility Holding Company Act of 1935, transforming the business landscape occupied by electric and natural gas utilities. It led to the construction of towering federal hydroelectric dams in the West, and brought electrification to the poorest hollows of Appalachia.
  • Jan 23, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    With the world grappling with ways to reduce carbon emissions and bring forth more energy resources, some are questioning why oil companies must still flare natural gas. The problem has long lurked. But as energy companies develop a wider liquefied natural gas (LNG) infrastructure, the practice may one day cease.
  • Jan 21, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Politics is pervading efforts by the national labs to advance energy research. The laboratories all point to nuclear energy's viability as a fuel source, saying that future reactors will be safer, more cost-effective and highly efficient. That will give nuclear energy a regulatory advantage and therefore help such producers raise capital for their projects.
  • Jan 19, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Turning trash to energy is probably a better alternative to burying it in landfills. But the ideal solution would be to recycle it. Localities that are faced with the choices, however, are trying to assess the overall costs and the environmental effects of each option.
  • Jan 16, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    The ideological differences between Russia and Ukraine are affecting their shared commercial interests. Previous disputes have centered on Ukraine drifting ever closer to the West -- a battle that resulted in Russia cutting natural gas shipments to Europe two years ago by as much as 30 percent.
  • Jan 14, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Despite the economic downturn, wind energy has the potential to grow at quite a clip. To do so, though, the in-coming Obama administration must commit to a policy foundation that will allow such expansion to occur.
  • Jan 12, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The Tennessee Valley Authority has a public relations nightmare on its hands. A retention wall used by a steam plant near Kingston, Tenn. has ruptured, pouring out 1.1 billion gallons of fly ash sludge into the neighboring communities.

  • Jan 09, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    Revelers have bid adieu to 2008. But many folks are having difficulty saying goodbye to some gems of the American economy. Long-standing investment banking and automotive names that been knocked down are being pulled back to their feet.
  • Jan 07, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    The Northeastern region conducted its second carbon credit auction, raising $106 million to be divvied up this month among 10 states in the area and then used to promote clean energy technologies. That process is being viewed by the incoming presidential administration as a possible national prototype.
  • Jan 05, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    The administration has painted itself green. But it is now trying to avoid doing so at the expense of the coal industry, which provides about 50 percent of the fuel to run this country's electric generation. And while the president-elect has said that he supports the advancement of modern, cleaner coal technologies, his nomination of Steven Chu as the secretary of the Department of Energy is controversial.