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10 Secret Chicago Bars For Incognito Imbibing

Chicago offers no shortage of secret bars—some hidden behind unassuming facades, while other are tucked within previously-existing establishments. From stalwarts like rare spirit-leaning The Office, to newly-minted Chicago Magic Lounge—which lurks behind a bunch of washers/dryers—here now, 10 …

Does 'Fuel On Hand' Make Coal And Nuclear Power Plants More Valuable?

On April 14, Energy Secretary Rick Perry sent a memo ordering a 60-day depart­mental study of whether federal policies favoring an unnamed competitor—evi­dent­ly renewable electricity like solar and windpower—are constraining supposedly vital “base­load” plants (impliedly coal and nuclear), to the …

Houston Or Portland: Which City Is Doing Urban Density Better?

Among those who appreciate cities and urban density, there are often very different associations about Houston and Portland. To many, Houston is a pro-growth metro where “the market” has led to a sprawling, incohesive hellscape. Portland, meanwhile, is considered a metro where enlightened …

How to stop wasting time & start living your life

Adventurer Matt Prior shares some practical advice for our busy world.<p>We all have plates to spin and balls to juggle. And I'm not from the camp that …

Motivation

Solar power cheaper than fossil fuels in most capital cities: Climate Council

Solar energy is now cheaper in Australia than retail power prices in most capital cities after dropping 58 per cent in the past five years, the …

Gas-fired power plants failed during NSW heatwave, report reveals

Market regulator urgently requested aluminium smelter reduce electricity use as demand surged alongside temperatures<p>Gas-fired power plants failed during this month’s New South Wales heatwave, forcing authorities to urgently cut demand from the Tomago aluminium smelter to prevent outages.<p>The …

Total CEO says OPEC needs to prolong production cuts to eliminate glut

OPEC and Russia need to prolong their six-month deal to cut production if they expect to trim the global inventory glut that has kept a lid on oil …

After a year of use, Tesla Powerwall systems are performing well with 90% utility savings

Solar power is typically seen as the most viable source of renewable energy to the average homeowner. The only issue is that the sun only shines for …

How New York City Gets Its Electricity

When you turn on a light or charge your phone, the electricity coming from the outlet may well have traveled hundreds of miles across the power grid that blankets most of North America — the world’s largest machine, and one of its most eccentric.<p>Your household power may have been generated by …

New super-thin film acts like "air conditioner" for buildings

Engineers at the University of Colorado Boulder have developed a thin, artificially structured “metamaterial” that can cool objects without the use …

New solar glitter can make virtually anything solar powered

Small, lightweight, flexible: these attributes when applied to solar cells hint at a far-off clean-powered future to come. But Sandia National …

Clean Energy

Californians are paying billions for power they don't need

We're using less electricity. Some power plants have even shut down. So why do state officials keep approving new ones?<p>The bucolic orchards of Sutter County north of Sacramento had never seen anything like it: a visiting governor and a media swarm — all to christen the first major natural gas power …

In rural Georgia, tomorrow’s smart, sustainable, solar highway is being built today

The Ray, a 16-mile test run for the roadway of the future, is off to a great start<p>Memorial roadways offer respectful tributes to famous citizens and civic leaders. But on a 16-mile stretch of Interstate 85 in southwestern Georgia, renamed the Ray C. Anderson Memorial Highway, the asphalt isn’t just …

Roads

China Generates Record Wind Power, Then Throws It Away

Much of China's wind power production essentially evaporates into the ether.<p>China has been choking under a thick blanket of smog this winter, so locals should be cheered that the nation produced a record amount of wind power last year. They may be less cheered to hear, however, that much of this …

Dow Jones

How Worker Co-Ops Are Creating Economic Stability In Uncertain Times

By Eillie Anzilotti6 minute Read<p>As the reality of the Donald Trump presidency quickly unfolds, many cities are stepping up to position themselves as …

5 Steps to Designing the Perfect Bedroom for Two

America’s Great Divergence

A growing earnings gap between those with a college education and those without is creating economic and cultural rifts throughout the country.<p>CONNERSVILLE, Indiana—Ashley Gabbert and Dan Dark are both white Indiana residents in their early 30s, but their lives look nothing alike.<p>Gabbert, 32, lives …

Ireland votes to stop investing public money in fossil fuels

It'd be the the first country to officially cut ties with coal and oil.<p>Ireland just took a big step toward cutting coal and oil out of the picture. Its Parliament has passed a bill that stops the country from investing in fossil fuels as part of an €8 billion ($8.6 billion) government fund. The …

Fossil Fuels

Solar Employs More People In U.S. Electricity Generation Than Oil, Coal And Gas Combined

In the United States, more people were employed in solar power last year than in generating electricity through coal, gas and oil energy combined. According to a new report from the U.S. Department of Energy, solar power employed 43 percent of the Electric Power Generation sector’s workforce in …

Natural Gas

U.S. shale oil and gas sector surges back to life: Kemp

LONDON (Reuters) - The number of rigs drilling for oil and gas in the United States has recorded the largest one-week increase for over five years, confirming a rapid upturn is now underway.<p>Crude oil storage tanks are seen from above at the Cushing oil hub, in Cushing, Oklahoma, March 24, 2016. …

Don’t set goals for yourself—instead, create systems that make it easy for you to succeed

A lot of my friends are spending the month of January “going dry” or giving up sugar or training for marathons. I can relate. As a Type-A, goal-oriented masochist, I tend to make deeply ambitious New Year’s resolutions each year. Witness Exhibit A: My resolutions from 2016. I’m embarrassed to say …

Balkan push for new coal-fired plants raises environmental concerns

SARAJEVO (Reuters) - A Chinese company began work on Monday on a $715 million expansion of a Serbian coal mine and a new power plant, part of a wave of investment in new coal-fired plants in the Balkans that is at odds with EU policy of reducing coal use.<p>Coal miners wait for the start of their …

OMR - OMR Public

Since our last report, OPEC oil ministers and ten non-OPEC oil ministers have met and agreed to achieve 100% compliance with the Vienna Agreement …

Global oil, gas discoveries drop to 70-year low: Rystad Energy

LONDON (Reuters) - Oil and gas discoveries around the world dropped last year to their lowest since the 1940s after companies sharply cut back in their search for new resources amid falling oil prices.<p>Employees work at a drill rig at an offshore island in the northern Caspian Sea, part of the …

Hottest year ever and Arctic meltdown put the world on the brink of catastrophe

The Trump presidency may kill our last chance to avoid the worst.<p>NASA and NOAA reported Wednesday that 2016 beat the record for hottest year ever — a …

How Pepco is finding ways to shift demand through Maryland EV pilot program

Maryland has about 7,000 electric vehicles on the road, a relatively modest number the state would like to expand on.<p>California is far and away the …

Rick Perry: A Crony Capitalist Heads to Energy

<i>This article first appeared on Reason.com.</i><p>It was 2006 and Texas Governor Rick Perry was well ahead of the curve.<p>More than 10 years before he would be …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

Chernobyl is Getting a Makeover With a Huge Solar Plant

The environmental disaster site will soon become a renewable energy hub.<p>Hearing “Chernobyl” — the 1986 industrial accident that transformed a …

Wyoming Considers De Facto Prohibition On Solar And Wind Energy

Wyoming’s legislature is considering a bill that would effectively outlaw renewable energy in the state.<p>The so-called “Electricity Production Standard” proposes to penalize utilities in Wyoming for generating electricity from solar and wind energy. The bill would allow electric power to be …