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Koch Zero

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Billionaire oil tycoons wield heavy hand in the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

President Obama pledged last week to pull back oil and gas subsidies in order to direct more dollars toward renewable energy. But can he pull it off? This will be Obama's third attempt at eliminating the subsidies; previous efforts have fallen victim to partisan politics in Congress and the overwhelming influence of fossil fuel lobbyists. So who exactly are these lobbyists?A simultaneously......read more

Prop. 23 Squashed Out

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California voters present giant middle finger to Texas oil.

California progressives, pat yourselves on the back. Voters in America's most populous state have left no doubt how they feel about Texas oil companies' attempts to dictate their energy future. Proposition 23, the Dirty Energy Prop that we SHFTers have been railing against for the past few weeks, has been defeated by a wide margin. With 97 percent of the votes tallied, over 61 percent......read more

Officials Pressure BP Over Spill

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Frustration mounts as oil continues to coat Gulf Coast.

More than a month after the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded and sunk, triggering a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the Obama administration dispatched top officials to the region and scolded BP for failing to contain the damage. “I am angry and I am frustrated that BP has been unable to stop this well from leaking and to stop the pollution from spreading,” said Secretary of the......read more

Sustainable Landscaping

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Want to reduce your carbon footprint? Start with the soil around your home.

The grass lawn is as conventionally American as the white picket fence. Most homes in this country are surrounded by green grass. To stay healthy and green, grass requires large amounts of inputs, including water, fertilizer, and energy. Sure, grass lawns have some aesthetic and recreational benefits, but so do parks. Considering the state of the climate, it may be due time to reconsider the idea......read more

Uncharted Waters

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In the chaotic aftermath of the Gulf oil disaster, one thing is clear: we need to start tapping the clean energy potential of our oceans.

At present, upwards of 200,000 gallons of oil are pouring into the Gulf of Mexico daily. President Obama is rushing to assign responsibility, which BP CEO Tony Hayward readily accepted before shifting the blame to the drilling contractor. The left-wing is trying to contain damage to the environment as the right-wing does the same with its political agenda. But, for all the commotion, precious few......read more

Italian Sink/Toilet Design Saves Water, Looks Amazing

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Milan designers Gabriele and Oscar Buratti have collaborated with bathroom brand Roca to create a combined toilet and wash basin, where waste water from the sink is used to fill the toilet cistern.

We'd like to thank Roca and Gabriel and Oscar Buratti for the gorgeous and uber efficient sink/toilet combo. The all-in-one sink and toilet are made from vitreous china, designed to maximize space and conserve water. The technology uses waste water from the basin to fill the toilet cistern, thereby reducing water usage by up to 25% compared to a standard dual-flush toilet. The basin in W+W......read more

Green Noise

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Photographer continues his decade-long documentation of our dependence on oil.

We don't usually think of it this way, but noise is energy. What if we could harness the sound energy created by loud things? What if we could then use it to make them run better? The Green Noise does just that, collecting the energy created by one of the loudest sounds around - airplane engines - then converting it to electricity used to power runway lights. Imagined by Hung-Uei Jou, the......read more

Moving on the Dirty Air Act

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Lisa Murkowski's effort to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases betrays her ties to the oil lobby.

The liberal nonprofit Moveon.org unveiled an ad campaign this week attacking three Democratic senators co-sponsors of Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AL) effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The effort, which has earned the nickname “the Dirty Air Act,” has nearly unanimous Republican support. Murkowski dismissively referred to any such EPA regulation......read more

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