Insights from our Editorial Team

  • Dec 03, 2013 | Lauren Riga

    Smart cities are sustainable, resilient and efficient. Sustainability is about interweaving economic, social and environmental elements to develop holistic and adaptive policy processes; thus creating more resilient communities. Sustainability is about long-term prosperity, and resiliency is about the ability to adapt to change – they go hand-in-hand.

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  • Dec 02, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The wind energy’s production tax credit is likely to just blow past its year-end deadline without getting extended. Efforts are underway to continue the credit but those are being met by forces from competing energy forms, which say that the subsidy has already cost taxpayers $12 billion over 20 years.

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  • Dec 01, 2013 | Harry Valentine

    The cost of further, prolonged armed conflict across the Middle East would be unproductive. Given the US$5-trillion estimated of the Iraq involvement, it would cost far less to assist Iran to convert their proposed nuclear-electric program from uranium to thorium fuel that would produce far less toxic waste that would be quite unsuitable for use in an explosive device.

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  • Nov 26, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Just how much methane is released by the oil and gas industries during the exploration and the delivery processes? That's vital, given that the greenhouse gas is considered 21 times more potent than other such releases even though it only remains airborne for 20 years compared to 100 years for carbon dioxide. 

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  • Nov 25, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The United Nations is wrapping up its climate talks in Warsaw, Poland while the Asian countries are grappling with how best to fuel their economies. China, India and Japan are environmentally aware but -- for different reasons -- looking to coal.

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  • Net Metering and Who Pays What at Issue
    Nov 22, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    Industry and their customers will certainly be grappling with this issue of net-metering for a while. It is clear that the grid won’t vanish and, in fact, it will likely expand. But that dynamic is bumping up against another one -- that more customers want to generate their own power. Regulators such as those in Arizona will enact rules that will need to be flexible as times and experience evolve.

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  • Nov 21, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The nation’s biggest publicly owned utility is quickly evolving. But one such change is still in the mix -- the one to privatize the Tennessee Valley Authority.

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  • Colorado is the latest state to implement new laws
    Nov 19, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    States with a high interest in the oil and gas industries are stepping up their attempts to regulate the drilling process. The aim, in all cases, is to minimize environmental fears while creating jobs and wealth. Colorado, for example, is the latest test case, although some communities there are opposed to gas drilling.

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  • Nov 18, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The two have rendezvoused again: Google and private equity investor KKR are teaming to build six solar plants, which according to the popular search engine, is part of its plan to help bring renewable energy to scale so that it is more accessible to other entities. Working?

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  • Nov 15, 2013 | Ken Silverstein

    The coal industry has long argued that restrictive regulations are not just dooming an inexpensive and reliable power source but that they are also deterring national investment in advanced coal technologies -- the same ones that the current administration says will determine the fate of that industry.

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