Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Apr 20, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The energy sector could spark the rejuvenation of America. It's all about the production of alternative energy and green jobs and it is being spearheaded by the president of the United States.

  • Apr 17, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Carbon legislation is sweeping through the House. But the passage of any such bill must still climb a long way before it would become law.

  • Apr 15, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Foreign intruders have entered the country. But they did so from the comfort of their living rooms or offices. The news that the Russians and the Chinese are alleged to have hacked their way into the nation's electrical grid and left behind secret codes that could later wreak havoc is distressing -- but not unpredictable.

  • Apr 13, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
  • Apr 10, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The dark clouds will subside and give way to blue skies. But the city of San Jose, Calif., isn't waiting. It's taking concrete steps now to prepare for a sustainable future -- a proposition that it says includes creating 25,000 new clean technology jobs and receiving all of its electrical power from renewable energy sources, all within 15 years.

  • Apr 08, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It’s a crime. And it can lead to jail time and civil fines. But it can also cause death and destruction. It’s about stealing electricity -- an offense that recently triggered a blaze in a Philadelphia row home that killed a young mother and her small child, all by circumventing the meter and plugging right into the abuser’s circuit box.

  • Apr 06, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Solar panels on rooftops are one version. But commercial-scale solar facilities are another. To this point, most of the attention has been on progressive homeowners who make their homes solar friendly. Some key companies, though, are working hard to provide electricity to large blocks of people.

  • Apr 03, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The Obama administration may clip the wings of mountaintop mining. Long a highly contentious issue, the White House is parting ways with that of its predecessor by ordering its Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to review all of those pending permits -- a matter that clearly pits economic and environmental interests against one another.

  • Apr 01, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    An economic recovery may be hinged to the transformation of the energy sector. And that's why the Obama administration is targeting billions toward revamping the nation's transmission grid, increasing energy efficiency and expanding renewable fuels.

  • Mar 30, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It had been termed the Brave New World -- the one where electricity restructuring would revolutionize business models, technology development and consumer behaviors. But it has yet to happen. With the newfound emphasis on climate change, however, the energy sector may be jolted in ways that advocates of deregulation had only dreamed.