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Biofuels or Bio-fools? Laura Vanderkam 06/01/2007
Vinod Khosla, a Silicon Valley legend, is leading the venture capital rush into replacements for gasoline: biofuels made from corn and rougher stuff like switchgrass. But if prices fall and political subsidies vanish, the bubble may burst.
House Democrats: Confused at the Pump? Daniel P. Taylor 05/29/2007
Wednesday’s legislation on fuel price “gouging” was an odd moment for Democrats. If they really care about global warming, they should be glad to see gas prices go up.
E-Voting Threatens Election Integrity Timothy B. Lee 05/23/2007
Rush Holt’s bill, which was recently approved by a House committee, would be a big improvement.
Being Honest About Ignorance William R. Brody 05/22/2007
The temptation to deny scientific truths is timeless—and dangerous.
All the Coal in China Rowan Callick 05/21/2007
Cheap and abundant, coal is the energy that powers China’s economy, writes Rowan Callick. But it also may be the world’s worst environmental problem.
Carbon Taxes Versus Carbon Markets: What’s the Best Way to Limit Emissions? Ronald Bailey 05/18/2007
Cap-and-trade markets have greater political momentum, but most economists favor a carbon tax. Here’s our guide to the debate.
Q&A: Energy Independence Steven F. Hayward 05/17/2007
‘Energy independence’ may be a hollow slogan, but ‘energy security’ is something we can achieve. Separating fact from fantasy, Steven Hayward shows how.
The Controversy Over Super Wool Nicholas Antongiavanni 05/15/2007
Better sheep-breeding techniques and advances in loom technology have made the cloth that goes into men’s suits finer and softer. But, Nicholas Antongiavanni asks, are the suits really better?
Solar Power’s Time to Shine? Ilya Shapiro 05/14/2007
Thanks to cheaper solar cells, the technology may finally be economically viable, says a new book.
Blue Skies, High Anxiety Joel Schwartz 05/11/2007
Our air is cleaner than it’s been in a century, writes Joel Schwartz. So why do Americans worry it’s so dirty and dangerous?