Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Nov 21, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    President-elect Barack Obama can't win. Coal associations are skeptical of his energy plans because he is pushing carbon cuts before the technologies to fully achieve such aims have matured. Environmentalists are also cautious and contend that his advocacy of "clean coal" does not make sense.
  • Nov 19, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Any material that contains the critical chemical compounds can be converted to motor fuel. The technologies are promising and can use agricultural, municipal or industrial waste as well as coal or natural gas. But the key unknowns are what the actual costs of such endeavors will be along with where commodity prices will head over time.
  • Nov 17, 2008 | Steve Schugart
    While T. Boone Pickens has garnered much attention in recent months with his well-publicized plan to create a massive infrastructure for wind energy production in America's heartland, offshore wind energy is getting more attention in the heavily populated Northeast.
  • Nov 14, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Exelon Corp. is eyeing NRG Energy. But NRG is playing hard to get and may be waiting for a more attractive suitor. Exelon, though, is determined and now says that it will take its $6.2 billion directly to the merchant power generator’s shareholders, adding that it will sue NRG’s management because it allegedly did not give the bid proper consideration.
  • Nov 12, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Liquefied natural gas is now taking a back seat to other fuels, and especially since the global credit crisis has taken hold. But over the next decade and as the demand for power resumes, it could assume a notable role in the country's overall energy plan.
  • Nov 10, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Fuel cell makers are in overdrive trying to deliver efficient and environmentally friendly technologies. If their enterprises are to succeed, they must illustrate clearly that their ideas are practical and will "change the world."
  • Nov 07, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Supporters of wind power are whipping up support for new transmission. Without a notable increase in the capacity to carry such energy, the optimistic forecasts for more renewable power will never happen.
  • Nov 05, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Intel Corp has long strived to reduce its carbon footprint. Now, by buying renewable energy credits -- purchases that guarantee the generation of wind, solar and geothermal electricity -- it is stepping up the pace. It's all part of corporate America's attempt to neutralize their carbon emissions.
  • Nov 03, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    Electric and gas utilities are not insulated from the financial turmoil now rankling global credit markets. But those businesses are relatively well positioned to endure the potential hardship that could befall other industries. That's because they have solid cash flows and limited refinancing needs in the short run.
  • Oct 31, 2008 | Ken Silverstein
    The less fortunate can rest a little easier. Congress has doubled the funds provided to them to better enable those residents to keep their homes warm during the winter.