Insights from our Editorial Team

  • 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.
  • Jan 02, 2009 | Ken Silverstein
    President-elect Obama and his family seem to be pretty well rested after having spent the Christmas holiday season vacationing in Honolulu where he was raised. It's a good thing because in 19 days he'll be inundated with the world's problems.
  • Dec 31, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Many of us have been watching the tube and trying to learn about this alleged Ponzi scheme set up by Bernard Madoff. Not many had ever heard of him until the news broke that he had been accused of swindling so many out of so much. But what has captured my thinking is how the human psyche can get so far off track.
  • Dec 29, 2008 | Staff Writer

    by Paul Wenske

    Until now, to equip your home or business with solar power you had to come up with a lot of scratch up front. Unfortunately, that often left access to the technology to the financially well off, to the curious or to highly motivated tree huggers.

  • Dec 26, 2008 | Anthony Mauer

    by Darrell Delamaide

    Power generation is likely to be the only driver for increased natural gas demand this winter as warmer weather and a sluggish economy dampen retail and industry demand, the Natural Gas Supply Association forecast in its annual winter outlook for 2008-2009.