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Oil: Revenge Of The Negabarrels

Never before, say shell-shocked oil traders, has the world price of crude oil fallen so far. Well, not since the early 1980s, anyway. Or was it 2008? Or 2014? Look at the 50-year history: World oil consumption vs. real crude-oil price, 1970–2019… Starting at the lower left, this roller-coaster…

What Is Methane and Why Does It Matter?

The message from the most recent UN climate report is clear: unless we dramatically reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, the world is headed for a temperature rise of far more than 1.5°C above preindustrial levels. Dramatically reducing emissions means cutting at least 32 gigatons of…

Learning Extreme Energy Efficiency at Rocky Mountain Institute

For me, the best spring break is not on a beach; it’s in the mountains. High up in the Roaring Fork Valley in Western Colorado, amid the snowcapped peaks, there’s a river that babbles past the small towns and their quirky residents. There’s not a lot out there. It feels…

Shifting the Auto Industry into Reverse

America’s auto industry was doing great. In 2016, its sales rose for the seventh year running to record highs. In 2017, sales slipped 1.2 percent but remained among the top five in history, dominated by more-profitable pickups and SUVs. But now a salvo of assaults from the White House “so…