ConEdison Puts New York’s Power at Risk During Heat Wave With Lockout of Workers

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 5:15 pm

As the summer heat seared New York City, tensions between the city’s major electricity company and its union reached a boiling point over the weekend. By Monday, a meltdown in the talks over pensions and benefits left thousands of Consolidated Edison utility workers suddenly frozen out of their jobs.

Keeping the Lights On In Texas . . . and Claire McCaskill’s Head

By: Friday February 4, 2011 4:30 pm

The big story in Texas this week was loss of electricity and the need for “rolling blackouts” in major urban areas and other load centers, which affected natural gas supplies into Northern New Mexico. What does it tell us?

We’re Having a Heat Wave, So Electricity Prices are Soaring

By: Wednesday July 7, 2010 6:00 am

I’ve seen a number of stories on the horrific heat wave that’s baking the Eastern seaboard, and they usually mention that electric utilities are struggling to keep up with rising electricity demand as everyone turns on their air conditioners. But the stories are a little confused about what’s happening.

Kandahar Riddle: How Many Soldiers Does it Take to Screw in a Light Bulb?

By: Monday April 26, 2010 4:05 pm

Answer: Zero. The military shouldn’t even be involved in Afghanistan. If we want to achieve our objectives in Afghanistan, we need sustainable, civilian-only solutions.

OH NO!!!! Americans using less electricity!!!!

By: Wednesday November 26, 2008 4:00 pm

Whether from recession, prices, or otherwise, Americans are using less energy — gas use fell off earlier this year (although the 50% drop in prices will likely see that trend reversed) and it looks that electricity use is falling across the nation. Is this something bad? Good? And, what might it mean?

How America Can Break Its Coal Addiction (Or: no, coal isn’t necessary)

By: Tuesday October 21, 2008 8:05 pm

It seems ordained, almost chiseled in the stone blown up to mine it, that coal will be core to America’s energy picture essentially forever. To be perfectly clear, anyone who states that “we can’t go to a no-coal future” is not telling the truth. That is, they are not telling the truth about the technical potential but might be accurate about the political potential in the face of $billions being spent by the coal industry and their front organizations. In fact, it is not hard to map out a path toward eliminating coal …

Picking at Pickens’ Plan

By: Wednesday July 9, 2008 5:30 pm

Legendary conservative oilman T. Boone Pickens says oil is a dead end!

And, somewhat like another oddball Texan, Ross Perot, Pickens is investing a substantial sum to convince America of the challenge … and a proposed solution path.

Let’s take a look at some strengths and weaknesses of PickensPlan.

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