Energy Production

The greatest need modern civilizations have is energy. Learn about oil, electricity and newer forms of energy like solar and wind power.

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For all our hand-wringing over the oil supply, it might shock you to realize that the solution to our dependence on fossil fuels lies right under our feet.

By Dave Roos

Wind farms are touted for their ability to capture a clean, renewable energy source. Is producing wind energy as beneficial as it seems, or are there any downsides?

By Lance Looper

Until recently, natural gas was thought of as one of the cleanest fossil fuels. Yet new studies say it may be worse for the ozone layer than coal -- a fuel well-known for its harmful emissions.

By Danielle Fisher


Chances are you've probably caught the latest headlines about off-shore drilling, but how much drilling is taking place on U.S. soil?

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

It's always sunny in low-Earth orbit, so what better place to look for a source of solar energy?

By Jason Major

When it comes to looking to the energy source that will replace fossil fuels, there are no shortage of options.

By Talal Al-Khatib

From corn to solar power, scientists have been searching every crevice of the Earth to find reliable sources of alternative energy. Could lightning be the answer?

By Alexander Davies


It's not news that we're spewing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere faster than the planet can deal with it. What is news, however, is that the futuristic technologies being tested to deal with all that CO2.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler

Amid the deadly gusts of wind and chaotic storms signaling an impending tornado, you rush indoors to a safe place to escape harm's way. But is there a way to actually benefit from that destructive power?

By Marianne Spoon

Ever since the big quake swarm started in the Vanuatu area yesterday, I've been itching to do some number crunching to see how much energy the Earth is releasing through these underground ruptures.

By Larry O'Hanlon

Imagine an energy source that was infinite, clean, and completely scalable. It would solve many of the world's problems -- and sounds too good to be true ... right?

By David DeFranza, Planet Green


What many people consider a precious natural treasure and home to rare and endangered plants and animals – also sits atop an unknown amount of petroleum.

By Eric Niiler

Fossil fuels, including coal, oil and natural gas, supply the bulk of the world's energy demand. Wind, the sun and nuclear energy are ascending sources of power worldwide. Could we tap into the power from earthquakes?

By Talal Al-Khatib

A few decades ago, the pursuit of clean energy was "green." Now, it's a necessity. Not only is our power consumption propelling the human race toward a hot, watery, lonely end, but clean energy tends also to be renewable.

By Julia Layton

In the face of increasing energy demands and increasingly problematic energy sources, the appeal of using the ocean to generate power is obvious: Water covers more than 70 percent of the Earth's surface, and it's not going anywhere any time soon.

By Julia Layton


You've heard the clean-fuel hype. So what's your role? Homeowners and residents account for 21 percent of all natural gas consumption in the U.S.

By Sarah Alban

Natural gas is a major and essential part of the U.S. energy market, amounting to 25 percent of overall energy use and more than 20 percent of electrical production, according to the New York Times.

By Jacob Silverman

Jesse James, Billy the Kid, and Bonnie and Clyde have nothing on carbon. Do you know how carbon capture works?

By Garth Sundem

Imagine blowing up balloons with your car's tailpipe and then burying those balloons where they'll never be seen again. If you can imagine that process, then you pretty much can imagine the processes of carbon capture and carbon sequestration.

By Garth Sundem


Like all offshore drilling, drilling in the Arctic is more costly, complicated, and politically controversial than drilling for oil on land.

By Rachel Cernansky, Planet Green

When you switch on your furnace or turn on your gas stove and use the heat from that little blue flame, you’re doing what people in 62 million other American homes do every day, too: You're using natural gas.

By Jamie Page Deaton

Our homes, vehicles and technologies require immense amounts of energy, yet fossil fuel supplies are finite. Sunshine, however, isn't disappearing anytime soon.

By Nathan Chandler

When the technology in consumer goods like cell phones improves, we all know about it instantly, because we all use these gadgets. But truthfully, technological improvements in specialized equipment like oil rigs, is probably just as important, if not as reported.

By Kristen Hall-Geisler


Beneath the surface of a large portion of North America, buried in ancient bedrock, is a massive reserve of natural gas.

By David DeFranza, Planet Green

In any conversation about fuel and resource consumption, you're likely to hear at least a passing reference to natural gas. Some argue it could wean the modern world off of its dependence on oil and coal.

By Matt Cunningham