Does Big Oil Have To Be Evil To Survive?

It’s a tough business, and someone has to do it. Don’t they?

 

It’s one thing to pledge to do no evil if your business is an Internet search engine born on the pristine Stanford campus, or selling organic tea to Angelenos. It’s another if your business model is predicated on drilling into the earth to extract fossil fuels needed to keep humanity on the move, and if the drilling has to be done in some of the most pristine ecosystems on the planet, or in some of its most corrupt political jurisdictions. The oil business is messy, dangerous and brawny, requiring massive …

I’m Afraid You Have Oil

And It’s a Diagnosis No Poor Country Should Want

What makes oil-producing countries different from other countries–and why would something as ostensibly beneficial as oil wealth be bad? It’s not a coincidence that a lot of oil lies beneath …

Will There Be Blood?

What the Arab States Might Look Like If No One Needed Their Oil

 

The more oil that countries in the Middle East have, the more effectively their governments have crushed democratic movements. In advance of “Will Oil Drown the Arab Spring?” , a …

We Might Not Lose Our Shirts This Time

Will the Sun Will Keep Shining On Solar Power In California?

Is California’s solar gold rush destined to fail? That’s what moderator Warren Olney, host of KCRW’s Which Way, L.A.? and To the Point, asked a panel of energy experts at …

Here Comes the Sun King

Could Solar Power Ever Become California’s Leading Energy Source?

 

The sun has been shining brightly on solar power, but can it last? California has seen a lot of booms and busts, and solar power has been among them. Solar …

Solar: Not Just For Tinfoil-Hatters Anymore

But Most Of Our Debates About It Miss the Point

Since 2007, California has experienced a solar boom. Photovoltaic panels rest on 107,159 rooftops, as of this writing (the numbers are updated here every Wednesday). Driven by incentives that are …