Boone Pickens: focus energy innovation more on cheap, plentiful natural gas made in the U.S.

You may have heard it before from Texas oilman T. Boone Pickens about the potential for natural gas produced in the U.S. But featuring him at this year’s ARPA-E Energy Innovation Summit Tuesday near Washington, DC put a new spin on the benefits of America becoming more energy self-sufficient on the backs of the lower-emitting […]

Energy and climate portion of President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address

To save you time searching for the energy and climate portion of Obama’s February 12, 2013 State of the Union address, which occurred not quite half way through the speech, here it is, courtesy of ABC News: “After years of talking about it, we are finally poised to control our own energy future. We produce […]

Sprint-ing, not walking, the ‘talk’ to achieve sustainability goals

It’s becoming more clear every day that cleaner energy and environmental sustainability depends on private industry. The expiration of many renewable energy incentives, zero prospects for a U.S. carbon tax or a cap and trade program, restraints on public spending and the low price and growing supplies of natural gas are putting commitments to renewable […]

What to make of Chevy Volt’s ignitable battery pack? Consumer confidence hangs in the balance

Just as more brands of hybrid and electric vehicles are gaining real momentum in the U.S., questions raised by the Chevy Volt’s ignitable batter pack pose serious challenges to General Motors and perhaps the entire auto sector. What to make of it? After several test crashes damaged the Volt’s battery pack, coolant leaked in each […]

Honda boosting its push in the U.S. consumer clean transportation sweepstakes with its 2012 ‘Civic Natural Gas’

Straight from its manufacturing and assembly plant southwest of Indianapolis, Indiana in the U.S., Honda is stocking dealers with a 2012 version of its Civic fueled by compressed natural gas (CNG). It officially goes on sale Tuesday, Oct. 18 in some or all of the 36 states listed below, representing a major expansion of Honda’s […]

Exelon’s bid for Constellation Energy: how real is the pledge to efficiency, EV’s and renewable energy in Maryland?

In the press release announcing its planned $7.9 billion acquisition of Baltimore, Maryland-based Constellation Energy, Chicago-based Exelon promised to spend $64 million over several years to spur energy efficiency, electric vehicle and renewable energy initiatives in Maryland. When pressed for details this week about one of the largest U.S. utility mergers ever, however, company spokesman […]

54.5 MPG by 2025 for U.S. cars, lights trucks in auto – Obama – California pact

The White House has briefed the Washington press corps and word is spreading that a deal has been struck between the Obama administration, the auto industry and state of California on new Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards for cars and light trucks. By 2025, the fleet average reportedly will be required to reach 54.5 […]

Calculating the REAL cost of major energy sources – who has a credible model?

EDITORIAL The Energy Fix appeals to credible economic modelers to devise a means to calculate the real cost of energy sources. This includes assigning dollar costs that don’t exist yet but if they did, would help energy users and policymakers around the world grasp the benefits of moving to more sustainable sources of electricity and […]

Tracking REAL MPGs is getting easier and more accurate

With the release of the new fuel economy labels by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Energy, inquiring motorists are learning about the online tools to track and interpret the actual miles per gallon of the vehicles they drive. Registering for a “Garage” account here sets drivers up to record for each fuel […]

Oil price increases a ‘tax’? Yes. Reduce the tax by reducing U.S. oil dependence

EDITORIAL Think of the current increases in crude oil prices as a” tax” on energy consumers. That’s what Larry Kudlow, conservative talk show host on CNBC-TV and author who served as Associate Director for Economics and Planning in the Office of the Management and Budget during Ronald Reagan’s first term, 1981-85, called it during his […]