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Soybeans and corn are two of the most widely planted crops in the United States and the main feedstocks used to make biofuels. www.shutterstock.com

Biofuels turn out to be a climate mistake – here’s why

A new study challenges the longstanding view that biofuels are carbon-neutral, and asserts that in the U.S. to date, they have done more harm to the climate than gasoline.
Ethanol made from corn goes into our gas tanks. Now refiners who pay for the subsidy are complaining of rising costs. armydre2008/flickr

Who should pay for our corn ethanol policy – Big Oil or gas stations?

A fight's breaking out over who should pay subsidies for corn ethanol, and it is consumers who may end up paying for any changes.
The FitzPatrick nuclear plant in Oswego, New York will receive state subsidies to continue operating through 2029. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory commission/Flickr

Nuclear power deserves a level playing field

A nuclear engineer makes the case that nuclear power plants are important resources and should receive economic rewards for providing steady supplies of carbon-free electricity.
Women are making inroads in the solar industry, but still represent only about 25 percent of the U.S. solar work force. www.shutterstock.com

Dear Hillary: Where are the women in your energy strategy?

Women are underrepresented in the energy sector at a time of rapid change and demand for new talent. Hiring more women could make energy companies more innovative and speed the shift to clean fuels.
Unchecked greenhouse gas emissions would lead to a number of economic effects, including potentially more damaging storms like Hurricane Sandy. Eric Thayer/Reuters

Trump’s energy plan poses climate threat to U.S. economy

Making expanded fossil fuel production the core of U.S. energy policy, as proposed by Donald Trump, and backing out of climate agreements would cost the U.S. economy billions and transform the planet.
A White House proposal to tax crude oil would address the U.S.‘s perennially underfunded highway maintenance program. scottummy/flickr

How should America fund its highways in the 21st century?

Obama's proposal to add $10 tax to crude oil raises the thorny question of whether the U.S. can continue to fund its highway infrastructure with a fuel tax that hasn't changed since 1993.

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