Re-engineering the internal combustion engine to higher MPGs at a lower cost with fewer emissions

For all the advances with hybrid and pure electric vehicles and the attention they are grabbing, personal, commercial and government vehicles around the world will be using enormous volumes of gasoline and diesel fuel for decades to come. Investors and innovators know there is a lot of money to be made improving the efficiency of […]

‘Energy Security Trust’ concept provides glimmer of bipartisan cooperation-but check the details

To hear Republican Lisa Murkowski, the ranking Republican  on the U.S. Senate’s Energy and Natural Resources Committee, agree with President Barack Obama on a major plank of blueprint initially outlined by a forward-thinking coalition of business and military leaders — the Energy Security Leadership Council — could lead one to think maybe a rock peeled […]

Manage climate risks with this framework – whether you’re a believer or not

Whether one believes in the threats of a changing climate, or not, businesses are sticking their heads in the sand if they don’t at least acknowledge some degree of risk and manage it accordingly. I find it almost impossible to believe how corporate officers, policymakers, insurers, many investors and coastal property owners – to name […]

Boone Pickens vs. Koch brothers over U.S. natural gas legislation while oil reaches $100, again

Call it a coincidence but there are undeniable linkages. Crude oil has risen once again is flirting with $100 a barrel. Meanwhile, legendary oilman T. Boone Pickens is ratcheting up his push for legislation that would boost the development of U.S. shale natural gas reserves and deploy the cleanest burning fossil fuel to supplant products […]

What a third-party presidential candidate could do for U.S. energy policy 2013 and beyond

The shallow debates and partisan bickering even with the Republican Party does not bode well for a thoughtful, forward-looking evolution of U.S. energy policy after President Obama’s first term. With his administration scaling back commitments to cleaner energy and falling far short of substantive steps to end the “tyranny” of crude oil as he put […]

Obama’s green reversals throw curve ball to clean air & energy advocates; the risks in 2012 for both

Defenders of the environment and some clean energy advocates are growing more outraged by the week as Barack Obama reverses course on proposed ozone pollution rules amid signals he will approve the application for the massive Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline ready for construction by TransCanada Corp. Figuring he’s got his political ‘bases’ covered […]

Smart Grids may make U.S. more vulnerable to electromagnetic pulses from solar flares or a terrorist attack

While the U.S. Congress, President Obama and the Tea Party wrangle over debt ceilings and deficit spending, a far more potent threat looms as a growing number of intelligence experts warn of how a massive solar flare or a nuclear missile detonated above the United States could kill wipe out the power grid, disable consumer […]

Energy: now a national security priority for ALL the armed forces

For the first time, “energy” is a distinct military program or capability at the Pentagon — on par with troops, weapons and cyber skill sets. And with its just unveiled “Operational Energy Strategy” there is hope this ambitious blueprint could trigger significant new efficiency innovations in vehicles and deployment of onsite renewable sources of electricity. […]

U.S. EPA app challenge holds promise, but will developers deliver?

The paucity of information and data available to U.S. citizens about the economic, environmental and health risks, consequences, costs and benefits of all forms of energy is a major impediment to an energy-literate society. More data and more information accessible on the Web and mobile devices almost certainly can help address this conundrum. Comes now […]

Natural gas and renewables – a political AND energy fix this time around?

Put these pieces of America’s, if not the world’s, energy puzzle together and one could see a political AND energy fix combining a lot more natural gas-fueled transportation along with renewable sources of electricity and electric vehicles. As U.S. gasoline prices lurch toward $5 per gallon and Americans are reminded this ‘Earth Week’ of the […]