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Electric car vaporware

By Kennedy Maize Spare me the hype about electric cars. Allegedly “green” technology was a theme at the latest Detroit auto show, as chronicled by the New York Times last…



It all began with Enron

By Kennedy Maize At a pleasant Christmas dinner with friends last week, a smart diner posed a question: when should the government or the market have known that the U.S.…


Another downside to wind power

By Kennedy Maize Here’s an interesting new wrinkle on wind power, from a researcher at the University of Illinois. According to Somnath Baidya Roy, turbulence from large wind farms can…


Obama to make energy and environment picks

By Kennedy Maize The Obama administration has picked Steven Chu, currently the director of the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, to be secretary of energy. The selection was…


It’s the name game at DOE

By Kennedy Maize It's time for the latest round of the name game, this time focusing on who President Elect Obama will pick to head the Department of Energy. Clearly,…


The “Name Game” begins in Washington

It’s entirely predictable. Once a new president is elected, the most popular topic in Washington becomes “the name game.” Who’s in, who’s out, who will get the political plum jobs.…