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RMI Outlet, Rocky Mountain Institute’s blog, explores topics critical to RMI’s mission to transform global energy use to create a clean, prosperous, and secure low-carbon future.

What’s Lighting Up the Web: The Keystone XL Pipeline

Over the last month, throngs of environmental activists around the country have protested the possibility of an expanded oil pipeline that would snake 1,661 miles across North America, from Hardisty, Alberta to the Gulf of Mexico. Over 1,000 protesters were arrested outside the White House in Washington, D.C., alone.

Green Jobs: Boom, or Bust?

Everyone’s talking about jobs these days, from President Obama to the Republicans competing to take his. Green jobs in particular have dominated recent news coverage with many of the headlines featuring a common theme: A bust.

Empire State Building’s Green Transformation Earns LEED-Gold

The iconic Empire State Building, whose green retrofit and refurbishing have become almost as celebrated as the landmark, earned LEED-Gold certification today. The recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council and its green building verification arm, the Green Building Certification Institute, is the latest laurel for the 102-story skyscraper that was completed 80 years ago. "Originally featured on GreenBiz"

What’s Lighting Up the Web: Carbon Fiber

Carbon fiber may not yet be a household term, but it is certainly present in many of our lives. Chances are your bicycle or tennis racket contains a composite made up of thousands of thin strands of this extremely light and durable material. Eventually our vehicles may contain greater quantities of carbon fiber as well.

Ten Surprising Facts About Our Energy Landscape

Today, America relies on oil, natural gas, coal, and nuclear to power our country. But, our aging infrastructure demands refurbishment to meet 21st century needs. By Reinventing Fire, efficiency and renewables can end our addiction to fossil fuels, create the core industries of the new energy era, generate $5 trillion in new economic value, and enhance resilience and security. The best news: businesses who are ready to lead this transition can become more profitable and resilient.