The Juice
The Juice

The Texas Town That Just Quit Fossil Fuels

It wasn’t altruistic. It’s because coal’s getting too pricey—and water’s become too scarce.

March 16 2015 9:09 AMPeak CoalNo, coal energy isn’t going out of style. But the U.S., and maybe even China and India, are deciding they need a lot less of it.
Feb. 20 2015 12:26 PMBig SolarRenewable energy finally makes sense as a utility—and that’s why it’s becoming a threat to coal.
Feb. 3 2015 12:05 PMAuto SaveLow gas prices are bad news for hybrid vehicles. But they won’t harm the rise of all-electric cars.
Jan. 9 2015 12:07 PMLong May You RunThe next growth area in energy has nothing to do with oil, wind, or solar. It’s batteries.
Oct. 7 2014 5:10 PMKnocked OutHow do you sell customers on solar energy? Hawk it door to door.
Sept. 5 2014 12:18 PMFurtherForget Tesla. If you really want to reduce vehicle emissions, it’s unglamorous buses, not flashy sedans, that need to go electric.
Aug. 28 2014 7:53 AMAlaska Is a Petrol StateBut it doesn’t act like one.
Aug. 8 2014 7:49 AMFlywheel of FortuneBeacon Power was just another failed recipient of a Department of Energy loan. Now it’s roaring back.
July 30 2014 4:41 PMBeyond Energy EfficiencyWe’re not just reducing demand for electricity—we’re destroying it.
July 21 2014 11:20 AMFörbränning for All!The sensible Swedes burn a lot of their garbage. Why can’t we?
July 9 2014 6:51 PMAmerica Will Likely Close Out 2014 as the World’s Reigning Oil ChampionAnd at the same time we’re pumping more, we’re using less—and using it more intelligently.
June 27 2014 12:00 PMThinking LocalAre fuel cells the solution to American cities’ energy woes?
June 19 2014 10:22 AMCan China Be Green?Believe it or not, there’s a case to be made that the nation can develop a low-carbon economy.
June 2 2014 1:56 PMEPA to Energy Industry: Stop Being So Lazy!The new emissions rule is a kick in the pants that will lead to long-term economic benefits.
May 29 2014 10:16 AMLittle Sovereign Wealth Fund on the PrairieNorth Dakota has oceans of oil money. But don’t expect skyscrapers in Bismarck.
March 5 2015 2:31 PMA Flighty WindThanks to government gridlock, the wind energy industry is grinding to a halt.
Feb. 16 2015 10:06 AMOil Is Cratering. American Oil Production Isn’t.What gives?
Jan. 27 2015 5:01 PMGreen LightInnovations like LED light bulbs aren’t just good for the environment—they’re smart investments.
Oct. 30 2014 4:34 PMSolar FlairHow do you make ray-soaking roof panels a hot investment? By making them a boring one.
Sept. 12 2014 3:40 PMFord’s Big GambleIt’s completely transforming America’s best-selling vehicle.
Sept. 3 2014 1:25 PMPalo Alto’s Electric Supply Is 100 Percent Carbon-NeutralCan other cities follow its example?
Aug. 14 2014 10:59 AMPartly SunnyAmerica is making lots of solar energy. What’s holding it back from making solar panels?
Aug. 6 2014 8:12 AMHow Ontario Won the War on CoalIt didn’t even need a carbon tax or cap and trade.
July 24 2014 5:19 PMRussia Is Europe’s Gas StationAnd that’s why you won’t see European leaders calling for action against Putin.
July 15 2014 5:12 PMHas Flying Become More Eco-Friendly Than Driving?It depends on the traveler.
July 1 2014 10:51 AMThe Other Sunshine StateNorth Carolina is an environmental nightmare—except when it comes to solar.
June 23 2014 7:14 PM“Almost Everything It Wanted”A slight setback at the Supreme Court doesn’t change the fact that we’re winning the war on carbon pollution.
June 5 2014 4:07 PMThe Efficiency ExpertsAutomakers have made huge progress on emission standards, without harming the industry.
May 30 2014 11:25 AMWhy Is Puerto Rico Burning Oil to Generate Electricity?It’s completely insane.
May 22 2014 3:53 PMPoisoned GasThe $400 billion China–Russia deal reveals a lot about the two countries’ pathologies.