greenhouse gases

Is President Obama Trying to Kill King Coal?

Republican lawmakers are alleging that the EPA's new greenhouse gas regulations would kill the U.S. coal industry by making it too expensive to build new coal-fueled power plants. But even if that's true, how will it impact you?

The Financial Landscape: Wins for Wal-Mart, Utilities

The Supreme Court kept up its corporatist streak Monday, handing down two key decisions that were certain to please the Chamber of Commerce. The first helped Wal-Mart quash a massive class action sex discrimination suit; the second stopped states from suing power companies over greenhouse gas emissions.

Using an Easy-Bake Oven Is About to Become Difficult

The Easy-Bake Oven is falling victim to the fight against global warming. The incandescent light bulbs that heat the toy ovens are being phased out in 2012 in favor of energy-efficient compact fluorescents. But precisely because they are energy efficient, they don't get hot enough to bake a cookie.

D.C. Power Couple Tells Solar Confab How to Pitch to GOP

Republicans can be friendly to solar energy -- just don't use the terms "recovery act" or "stimulus package" when lobbying them for government subsidies. That was the message from GOP political adviser Mary Matalin at the largest solar conference in the country on Thursday.

Legal Briefing: Obama Backs Utilities in Climate Change Case

Eight states, New York City and three groups won the legal right to sue greenhouse-gas emitting utilities. The companies appealed to the Supreme Court and the Obama administration has filed a brief supporting them. Find out the implications of this move.

New Mileage Standards Come as Oil Prices Spike

The price at the pump may soon top $3 a gallon thanks to a crude oil rally. The higher prices come as car makers take stock of new regulations that will require them to achieve fuel efficiency of 35.5 miles a gallon 2016 -- an increase of nearly 10 mpg above current standards.

Bumper-to-Bumper Green Cars at Detroit Auto Show

What are car makers tooting their horns about? All the earth-friendlier engines at the Detroit auto show. Hyundai's plug-in Blue Will concept car and Nissan's all-electric Leaf are just a couple of the new models. Companies are keen to show they are serious about raising gas mileage and reducing emissions.

These Days, Green Drywall Is Sexy in Silicon Valley

Serious Materials is a green construction materials company that has raised more than $60 million in venture capital, thanks to innovative products like its EcoRock sheetrock, which is made with less than one-fifth the energy used to create standard drywall.

A Green Stock Index for Emerging Markets

Until now, green companies in the developing world have lacked a yardstick to track their stock performance versus the rest of the market. The newly introduced "carbon-efficient index" fills that gap -- just in time for the Copenhagen climate meetings.