The recently-announced Joint Center for Energy Storage Research in suburban Chicago arguably leapfrogs the Windy City into the top echelon of cleantech technology research clusters, Stuebi writes.
Countries like China and India which leverage their oil use to a greater extent with more coal use are less affected by a rise in oil prices – Tverberg writes. It's one reason why jobs are moving to China and India, and away from the US.
The gap between heating oil and natural gas prices is the largest in at least a decade, causing Northeast homeowners to convert to natural gas.
The number of US homes relying on burning wood for heat is up 24 percent since 2006. But environmental concerns could quash further growth of wood-burning.
Copper-mining giant Freeport-McMoRan will purchase two oil and gas companies, which could rescue a venture by McMoRan Exploration Co. to drill one of the deepest offshore oil wells on record.
The solar-powered plane, scheduled to fly around the world in 2015, travels only 30 miles per hour and will have to stay aloft 20 days, even at night. The solar-powered plane is the brainchild of Bertrand Piccard, the first person to circumnavigate the globe in a hot air balloon.
Scientists have designed an energy-efficient light of plastic packed with nanomaterials that glow. The shatterproof FIPEL technology can be molded into almost any shape, but still needs to prove it's commercially viable.
President Barack Obama is facing pressure from all sides concerning the fate of the Keystone XL, a pipeline that would stretch from Canada through the Midwestern US in order to easily transport crude from Alberta’s oil sands to refineries in Texas.
Tverberg explores the connection between changes in the oil market and growing concern of the 'fiscal cliff.'