Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Jun 24, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Key Senate Democrats are trying to relieve restrictions to offshore drilling near Florida's coast. But some Republicans are saying the effort is too weak and will not do much to improve the nation's oil and gas future.

  • Jun 22, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    It's been a long-lasting friendship. And President Obama is trying to cultivate this country's relationship with Brazil, Latin America's biggest economy. The two countries are major trading partners that have given American businesses access to lucrative energy markets while providing Brazil with foreign capital and technology.

  • Jun 19, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Global warming's disastrous affects loom, says the United Nations. But fixing it remains elusive and expensive, it acknowledges. To do so, the industrialized world must lead by example and help fund efforts taken by poorer countries.

  • Jun 17, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Sensitive nuclear information has leaked out. A 266-page document that is considered "highly confidential" but not "classified" and containing information on this country's civilian nuclear sites has been mistakenly made public.

  • Jun 15, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Despite a depressed world economy, renewable energy investments drew the majority of investment dollars that went into the global power sector last year. That enabled the green space to account for 40 percent of all additions to generation. As to be expected, wind and solar power garnered the preponderance of capital.

  • Jun 12, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Renewable portfolio standards at the state level are likely to be a precursor of things to come on the national stage. Congress, in fact, is now considering mandating utilities to generate a fixed portion of their electricity from green energy.

  • Jun 10, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Nuclear power's challenges are unending. At the heart of the issue now is whether the energy form is a cost-efficient alternative or whether it remains a black hole.

  • Jun 08, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Talk of intelligent utilities and smart meters is hot these days -- things that the American people never pondered before. And while the descriptions may be arcane, the purpose of the technologies is rather simple: to get consumers to use less energy and to minimize power outages.

  • Jun 05, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    Summer weather will soon arrive. But the demand for power this year will be less than usual. And while the economic slump will hit power producers, they are expected in the near future to crank back up.

  • Jun 03, 2009 | Ken Silverstein

    The spillage of 5 million cubic yards of coal ash is testing the Tennessee Valley Authority like never before. Its immediate response and ultimate resolution will determine just how its neighbors and its wholesale customers interact with the nation's largest provider of electricity.