Technology innovation: setting the right policies; Climate Plan B; Reducing access barriers; No free energy; Telling science stories; Reversing urban blight
Obama proposes essentially flat 2012 R&D budget; Scientific integrity guidelines released; Climate negotiations inch forward in Cancun; Patent reform moves ahead; Food safety reform bill finally passes
In spite of bipartisan support, numerous critical energy initiatives languished in the previous congressional session. The need to take action is even more pressing for the current Congress.
The rationale for energy policy must be about more than climate change and green energy.
Richard A. Matthew
The case for linking climate change and national security is robust but imperfect, and today there is a serious debate about whether it makes sense.
Lawrence J. Makovich
Instead of a disruptive technology poised to transform the power sector in a decade, expect a more evolutionary change toward a "smarter" grid, with more modest results.
Gwen Ottinger, With Rachel Zurer
Monitoring the chemical content of the air near chemical plants provides valuable data, but it becomes useful only when it is paired with epidemiological data about the local population.
Christopher B. Leinberger