July 7, 2008
High Oil Costs May Advance Conservation Research
Car owners have been wincing in recent months as the price of oil has shot up well over the once-unimaginable $100-per-barrel mark. But an economist at Carnegie Mellon University believes that skyrocketing oil prices will lead to necessary innovations in conservation and green technologies.
June 25, 2008
Oil Prices Rise, Car Companies Look to Electric Future
oil prices and improvements in battery technology are fueling new interest in
electric cars. Many car companies -- including industry giant General Motors and
small start-up Tesla Motors -- are planning to release new vehicles in the next
May 15, 2008
Farmers Prosper, Others Lose Out with Ethanol Use
As corn prices have risen with demand for ethanol in recent years,
corn farmers are prospering. But others -- such as hog farmers
who rely on corn feed -- are facing tough times, and some critics
blame ethanol demand for rising food prices worldwide.
January 11, 2008
Is Potential Source of Energy-efficient Fuel, Study Finds
The prairie grass switchgrass, grown on marginal farmland and
processed into ethanol, can produce five times more energy than
it takes to grow the crop, according to a new study -- adding
new fodder to the debate over alternative fuels.
October 9, 2007
Boom Aids Farmers, but Raises Environmental Concerns
The high cost of oil and a national push toward alternative fuels
has pushed ethanol production and corn prices to skyrocket. In
eastern Colorado, corn farmers and other stakeholders contemplate
the future of ethanol, which some researchers fear may not be
the ideal alternative to gasoline.
October 9, 2007
Venture Capitalists Look to Fuel Alternative Energy Revolution
Betting on how America will wean itself off oil has become a business opportunity for entrepreneurs and financiers eager to stake a claim in the country's energy future.
August 23, 2007
Answers Your Questions About Alternative Fuels
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu is leading the Lawrence
Berkeley National Laboratory's efforts to develop cleaner forms
of energy, including new types of solar cells and new biofuels.
He answered viewer questions about his research and the future
of alternative fuels.
May 2, 2007
Searches for Alternative Fuel Technologies
Nobel Prize-winning physicist Steven Chu and his team of scientists
received $500 million in February from energy company BP to develop
clean biofuel technologies. As part of a series on climate change,
the NewsHour profiles Chu's search for solutions to fuel problems.
March 26, 2007
Urges Automakers to Ramp Up Production of Ethanol-fueled Cars
President Bush pressed major U.S. automakers Monday to increase
production of vehicles capable of running on ethanol and other
biofuel blends as part of his proposal to reduce gas use. Robert
Dinneen of the Renewable Fuels Association and Energy Tribune's
Robert Bryce discuss the search for renewable energy.
March 9, 2007
Brazil Sign Deal to Expand Ethanol Production
An agreement between the United States and Brazil, signed Friday,
would promote alternative fuel technology in an effort to expand
international production of ethanol and reduce reliance on oil
April 13, 2006
Gas Costs Increase Appeal of Biofuels
Rising gas prices have increased the interest in alternative fuel
sources such as biodiesel made from old cooking oil and ethanol
made from corn.