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CNNMoney: Empire State Building cuts energy use 20%updated: Mon May 07 2012 19:16:00

The Empire State Building is on an energy diet.

The heat is on Britain's buildingsupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 09:30:00

Thermal imaging cameras show how much energy some British buildings waste.

Turning up the heat to drive down carbon emissions and energy billsupdated: Thu Apr 26 2012 09:30:00

It's an illuminating idea which its creators hope will help drive up energy efficiency and bring down buildings' carbon emissions.

Earth Hour aims for lights off across the globeupdated: Sat Mar 31 2012 02:57:00

On Saturday, European Space Agency astronaut and World Wildlife Fund ambassador André Kuipers will watch from the International Space Station as each time zone hits 8:30 p.m. -- and track to see who on Earth turns out the lights.

CNNMoney: Best auto sales in yearsupdated: Thu Mar 01 2012 16:58:00

Consumers flocked to auto dealerships in February at the strongest pace in four years, hungry to buy fuel-efficient vehicles and to upgrade to newer trucks.

CNNMoney: Fisker is not another Solyndra ... yetupdated: Wed Feb 08 2012 08:41:00

When Fisker Automotive announced it was laying off about two dozen workers at its Delaware factory, comparisons arose to Solyndra, the solar cell manufacturer that went bankrupt despite billions of dollars in U.S. government help.

Obama, Clinton announce $4 billion energy investmentupdated: Fri Dec 02 2011 13:10:00

President Obama announced Friday the federal government and private sector partners will invest $4 billion over the next two years in energy upgrades to buildings across the country, an initiative the White House says will create several thousand new construction jobs.

CNNMoney: Gas mileage boost means pricier cars - EPAupdated: Wed Nov 16 2011 18:33:00

New federal gas mileage rules proposed Wednesday will add thousands of dollars to the cost of new cars. But in the long run, regulators say, drivers will spend less on gas, outweighing the additional cost at the dealership.

Cars don't waste fuel. Drivers waste fuelupdated: Mon Sep 12 2011 08:47:00

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside's Center for Environmental Research and Technology (CERT) are developing a new way of boosting fuel efficiency by as much as 30% without changing a car's powertrain at all.

When it comes to energy waste, tech is hero and villainupdated: Wed Aug 31 2011 13:23:00

Let's take a little quiz. Which piece of home technology do you think uses the most electricity?

CNNMoney: Cars sold in U.S. could get 54.5 mpg by 2025updated: Fri Jul 29 2011 16:34:00

Calling it "the most important step we've ever taken in reducing our nation's dependence on foreign oil," President Obama announced a proposed new round of fuel economy standards for cars and trucks sold in the United States that would double the average mileage by 2025.

CNNMoney: Fuel economy rules to get tougherupdated: Thu Jul 28 2011 14:00:00

President Obama plans to announce an agreement tomorrow on a new round of fuel economy standards for cars and trucks that would require mileage gains through the year 2025.

Fortune: Energy efficiency plan: Hire someone else to pay the bill?updated: Fri Jul 22 2011 12:17:00

For owners of older office buildings, the promise of smaller energy bills is a big enticement, but the way to better energy systems is a big mystery. And it's this confusion that's got Steve Gossett working hard to become the overwhelmed landlord's best friend.

CNNMoney: American in massive aircraft orderupdated: Wed Jul 20 2011 11:28:00

American Airlines announced a plan Wednesday to replace one of the largest commercial airline fleets, with hundreds of new leased airplanes from Boeing and Airbus.

CNNMoney: Where the jobs are: Energy saversupdated: Fri Jul 08 2011 15:01:00

The prospects for finding a job in most areas of the economy may be getting bleaker by the day, but one sector stands out: energy efficiency.

Japan gets graphic to save energyupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 01:48:00

For years Japan has embraced "setsuden" --"saving electricity" -- during the country's hot summer months.

How one eco-town will energizeupdated: Tue Jul 05 2011 01:48:00

A planned subdivision will run free of coal and nuclear energy. CNN's Kyung Lah reports.

CNNMoney: Gas price spike boosts sales of fuel efficient carsupdated: Tue May 03 2011 17:08:00

Despite higher gas prices, auto sales rose in the Untied States in April, including a larger-than expected gain for General Motors.

TVA to upgrade coal plants in 3 states under settlementupdated: Thu Apr 14 2011 17:16:00

The Environmental Protection Agency on Thursday said it had reached a settlement with the Tennessee Valley Authority to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Air Act at 11 of its coal-fired power plants in three states.

Fortune: Oil is up. Where's the demand for electric cars?updated: Fri Mar 18 2011 10:55:00

Anyone who's been behind the wheel of a car in the last few months has experienced a sharp pain when it came time to pay the gas tab. Prices ranging from $3.75 to $4.00 per gallon are not uncommon these days. And according to the United States Department of Energy, consumer fuel prices on average in the U.S. are up 21.8% from one year ago.

CNNMoney: Leaf and Prius stomp the Volt on greenest car listupdated: Fri Feb 18 2011 23:05:00

The Chevrolet Volt didn't rank as one of the top-ten "greenest" cars in America, coming at no. 13, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy's annual list.

Obama touts energy efficiency initiativeupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 17:13:00

Pres. Obama visits Penn State University to announce an initative to create more energy efficient buildings.

Obama touts energy efficiency at Penn Stateupdated: Thu Feb 03 2011 17:13:00

President Barack Obama plugged his plans to boost energy conservation research Thursday during a visit to Pennsylvania, arguing that green technology will leave more green in Americans' wallets.

Energy efficiency -- with a digital smileupdated: Fri Dec 03 2010 10:43:00

An electric bill usually isn't much to smile at.

Fortune: How Democrats and Republicans can break our foreign oil addiction overnightupdated: Wed Oct 13 2010 12:25:00

If we have learned anything from the failed energy policies of every president since Richard Nixon, it is this: Reducing America's heavy oil import dependence is easier said than done. However, if America truly wants to return to its full potential economic growth rate, we must significantly reduce that oil import dependence.

CNNMoney: Americans in the dark about energy useupdated: Mon Sep 13 2010 17:12:00

Americans aren't known for their energy-thrift ways. Maybe that's because they have little idea as to how much energy things use.

Is the U.S. turning a corner on high-speed rail?updated: Wed Aug 18 2010 14:24:00

For a while now, crazy situations, hunger pangs and frustrating hours behind the wheel have been making life slightly miserable for Florida commuter Joe Panyanouvong. The attorney who regularly makes the 84-mile journey between Orlando and Tampa on Interstate 4 is ready for a solution.

Standing by the auto industryupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 12:23:00

President Obama praises the resurgent auto industry and says Congress needs to pass the Small Business Jobs Act.

Obama visits Ford plant in Chicagoupdated: Thu Aug 05 2010 12:23:00

President Barack Obama praised autoworkers at a Ford plant in Chicago Thursday, and reiterated his administration's high hopes for the U.S. auto industry.

CNNMoney: Hyundai: Boost fuel efficiency to 50 MPG by 2025updated: Wed Aug 04 2010 13:51:00

Hyundai Motor Co. announced Wednesday that it has set a goal to boost the fuel efficiency of its U.S. vehicle lineup to an average of 50 miles per gallon by 2025.

Fortune: Jeffrey Immelt to Obama: Focus on jobs, economyupdated: Fri Jul 16 2010 11:03:00

On July 13 General Electric CEO Jeffrey Immelt announced a $200-million 'challenge,' whereby GE, together with four venture-capital firms, committed to invest in ideas that will advance alternative-energy and efficiency programs, specifically the so-called smart grid that helps electricity networks operate more efficiently. Following the San Francisco event to unveil the program, Immelt sat down with Fortune's Adam Lashinsky to talk about GE's efforts under a campaign called Ecomagination. Immelt spoke candidly and expansively about how he'd change his 'eco' language if he were to start over, why nuclear energy's revival is a ways off, and why President Obama needs to change his tone. An edited and condensed transcript of their conversation follows.

White House dials a popular friend for helpupdated: Wed Jul 14 2010 19:55:00

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs Wednesday sought to deflect suggestions that former President Bill Clinton is a friendlier bridge to the business community than President Barack Obama.

Money Magazine: 5 things to know about energy rebatesupdated: Tue Jul 06 2010 08:43:00

1. Federal appliance rebates are going fast ...

Nintendo takes last place on Greenpeace environmental rankingupdated: Wed Jun 02 2010 12:14:00

Among the world's biggest electronics companies, who will be the first to go green? It certainly won't be Nintendo, as the Japanese corporation famous for its game consoles came in dead last in Greenpeace's latest Guide to Greener Electronics.

CNNMoney: House approves $6 billion 'cash for caulkers'updated: Thu May 06 2010 19:42:00

House lawmakers on Thursday approved a $6 billion measure that aims to provide rebates to homeowners who invest in energy efficiency improvements -- but not without a fight from Republicans.

Green solutions as Earth Day turns 40updated: Fri Apr 16 2010 12:06:00

Golden, Colorado, got its name because of its role in the Gold Rush, but these days the land of gold has gone green.

Gold rush town turning 'green'updated: Fri Apr 16 2010 12:06:00

A city built on gold is now home to a lab focused on finding renewable energy. Video shot by CNN's Jeremy Moorhead.

Obama ramps up push for energy-efficiency programupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 12:42:00

President Obama ratcheted up his administration's push for a clean energy agenda Friday, emphasizing the prospects for an economic recovery fueled by so-called green jobs.

Obama urges green job growthupdated: Fri Mar 05 2010 12:42:00

President Obama says jobless rate is better than expected and tomorrow's jobs will be in the clean energy sector.

CNNMoney: Obama pushes home efficiency rebatesupdated: Tue Mar 02 2010 15:51:00

President Obama was stumping once again Tuesday for his plan to reimburse homeowners who invest in energy efficiency and create jobs.

CNNMoney: 'Cash for Appliances' coming to a state near youupdated: Mon Feb 15 2010 13:15:00

A government program that gives consumers rebates on purchases of energy-efficient household appliances is ramping up in states across the country.

CNNMoney: Home energy retrofits: The bottom lineupdated: Thu Feb 04 2010 12:39:00

Investing to make your home more energy efficient may lower the bills, but it may not boost its price, partly because these investments aren't fully valued by appraisers.

CNNMoney: When a home energy audit paysupdated: Thu Jan 07 2010 04:46:00

The government is expected to unveil a new program in the next couple of months that if approved may reimburse homeowners for up to half the cost of making their homes more efficient, but don't start shopping for new kitchens just yet.

CNNMoney: House approves $154 Billion jobs packageupdated: Wed Dec 16 2009 19:34:00

The House Wednesday overwhelmingly approved extending the filing deadline for unemployment benefits and the COBRA health coverage subsidy through the end of February.

CNNMoney: How 'Cash for Caulkers' might workupdated: Mon Dec 14 2009 16:53:00

President Obama's Cash for Caulkers proposal has almost every homeowner wondering how they'll be able to cash in.

CNNMoney: Cash for Caulkers could seal $12,000 a homeupdated: Wed Dec 09 2009 09:53:00

President Obama proposed a new program Tuesday that would reimburse homeowners for energy-efficient appliances and insulation, part of a broader plan to stimulate the economy.

California approves new energy efficiency standards for televisionsupdated: Wed Nov 18 2009 23:18:00

The California Energy Commission voted unanimously Wednesday to become the first state to impose energy efficiency standards for televisions. The agency estimates the move will save consumers $1 billion a year in energy costs.

Fortune: 15 best places for green jobsupdated: Mon Oct 26 2009 05:17:00

Dear Annie: I graduated from college with a civil engineering degree last spring, and I'm planning to go to architecture school. I want to focus my training on learning how to retrofit existing buildings and power plants to be more energy-efficient.

Scilly Isles get serious about energy savingupdated: Wed Oct 07 2009 09:43:00

The days are getting shorter, the nights colder, but that doesn't mean that your electricity bill needs to go through the roof. In a unique experiment, the residents of Britain's Scilly Isles are hoping to show that reducing your electricity consumption doesn't have to be difficult.

Car lovers seek green energy, not gas guzzlersupdated: Fri Oct 02 2009 12:27:00

Daniel Gray loves automobiles so much that it almost feels wrong to drive another vehicle: "I'll admit it. I love my car, but I cheat on it with a different car every week," he said.

CNNMoney: 42 million clunkers to goupdated: Mon Aug 24 2009 15:22:00

As Cash for Clunkers motors through its final day, it's time to ask the question: Just how effective was the government rebate program in getting gas guzzlers off the road?

Commentary: Make every job a green jobupdated: Thu Aug 13 2009 12:16:00

In a recent CNN commentary entitled "Green jobs: hope or hype?" Samuel Sherraden argues that green job creation will be insufficient to bring America out of recession. But Sherraden narrowly defines green as a "sector," and fails to see its potential as a strategy for the revitalization of the entire economy.

Commentary: Cash for clunkers is a clunkerupdated: Mon Aug 03 2009 12:26:00

Toward the end of last week, news spread rapidly that the "cash for clunkers" program was about to run out of money.

'Cash for clunkers' buyers agree: Credit came at perfect timeupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 15:08:00

Andrew Sable wasn't in the market for new wheels, but he says the federal "cash for clunkers" program helped him get an offer he couldn't refuse.

Cash for clunkersupdated: Wed Jul 29 2009 15:08:00

CNN's Gerri Willis reports on a new deal for car owners.

Commentary: Green jobs: hope or hype?updated: Tue Jul 28 2009 12:02:00

After the release of a miserable June jobs report, President Obama stood with a group of green company CEOs and told reporters that "men and women like these will help lead us out of this recession and into a better future."

Obama's Green Jobs Guruupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 13:26:00

Meet Van Jones, President Obama's Special Adviser on Green Jobs. CNN's Elaine Quijano reports.

Obama's 'green-jobs' guru: from activist to environmentalistupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 13:26:00

Van Jones defies environmentalist stereotypes. He's not the earthy-crunchy, Birkenstock-wearing type. Nor is he a contemporary and corporate version -- a hedge fund-fueled entrepreneur looking to make millions by building wind farms and solar-powered corporate headquarters.

Fortune: Gearing up on Honda stockupdated: Wed Jul 22 2009 18:16:00

With consumer spending weak and America's auto industry in shambles, automakers sure don't hold a lot of investment appeal these days.

CNNMoney: 'Cash for clunkers' coming soonupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 11:18:00

A $1 billion Washington program to give vouchers to consumers who replace junky cars with fuel-efficient models is likely to ramp up very soon.

Feds lend Tesla $465 million to build electric carupdated: Wed Jun 24 2009 09:17:00

The Obama Administration will lend Tesla Motors $465 million to build an electric sedan and the battery packs needed to propel it. It's one of three loans totaling almost $8 billion that the Department of Energy awarded Tuesday to spur the development of fuel-efficient vehicles.

CNNMoney: House OKs $4 billion 'clunker' billupdated: Wed Jun 10 2009 10:34:00

The House on Tuesday waded deeper into the rescue of the troubled auto industry when it passed a $4 billion plan to subsidize new cars sales for consumers who scrap old ones.

CNNMoney: 'Cash for clunkers' rolling in Senateupdated: Mon Jun 01 2009 16:30:00

The Senate is poised this week to take its first crack at a "cash for clunkers" proposal to boost the troubled auto industry.

Greensburg, Kansas goes greenupdated: Mon May 04 2009 09:24:00

Greensburg, Kansas reinvents itself two years after a devastating tornado nearly wiped the town off the map.

After tornado, town rebuilds by going greenupdated: Mon May 04 2009 09:24:00

On May 4, 2007, a monster tornado tore through this rural town, killing 11 people and leaving little more than empty slabs and stacks of debris. Greensburg, 109 miles west of Wichita in south-central Kansas, faced the daunting task of rebuilding from scratch.

CNNMoney: 'Cash for clunkers' kicks in gearupdated: Fri May 01 2009 08:40:00

A congressional effort to subsidize new cars sales for consumers who scrap old ones is gaining momentum, as leaders seek to help the struggling auto industry.

Fortune: San Jose street lights get smarterupdated: Fri Apr 24 2009 12:51:00

How much would you guess it costs to power a city's streetlights for a year? In the case of San Jose, Calif., the tenth largest city in the country, the answer is $3.5 million. Add in the price of maintaining and replacing those lights, and that dollar figure rises much higher.

Have a green stayupdated: Tue Apr 21 2009 10:45:00

In the lodging world, green has gone mainstream. Once chided for being wasteful, the big hotel chains are now constantly trying to one-up each other with smart eco-design upgrades and stringent water and energy conservation policies.

Government speeds up purchase of 17,600 fuel-efficient carsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 16:40:00

The federal government will speed up its timetable for the purchase of roughly 17,600 fuel-efficient vehicles in an effort to help struggling domestic automakers, the White House announced Thursday.

CNNMoney: Empire State Building: New energy role modelupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 16:41:00

The Empire State Building kicked off a major energy-saving retrofit Monday, and promoters hope one of the world's most iconic skyscrapers can become an efficiency model for buildings worldwide.

Can Hong Kong build bigger, higher, greener?updated: Mon Apr 06 2009 00:14:00

Standing on a turfed roof garden of an old Chinese building, property developer Amil Khan surveys the ever-changing skyline of Hong Kong.

Youth group promotes green shoots of changeupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 00:26:00

An off-shoot of the Jane Goodall Institute is Roots & Shoots, a youth group that promotes positive environmental change.

Jane Goodall: State of the planetupdated: Fri Mar 27 2009 00:26:00

CNN's Anna Coren speaks to renowned primatologist Jane Goodall about the big environmental issues facing the world today.

Social Security, SSI recipients to receive $250 check in Mayupdated: Thu Mar 26 2009 14:41:00

An estimated 50 million Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients will receive their one-time $250 economic stimulus check starting in early May -- several weeks ahead of schedule, Vice President Joe Biden announced Thursday.

CNN Student News One-Sheet: Daylight-Saving Timeupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 21:43:00

Use this explainer to help students understand the reasons for and history of daylight-saving time.

Apple announces new Mac Pro, tweaks iMac and Mac Miniupdated: Tue Mar 03 2009 09:37:00

Well, here's what we've all been waiting for. Apple put out a couple of announcements on Tuesday related to its desktop computers.

CNNMoney: Getting your hands on some green ... stimulusupdated: Tue Feb 17 2009 09:50:00

If you want to green-up your home - and get the government to kick in for part of the bill - now may be the time to do it, thanks to the stimulus.

Your say: Is Obama green enough?updated: Sat Feb 14 2009 00:15:00

It seems that saving the U.S. economy, and greening America, is going to take a staggering amount of money.

Obama green enough?updated: Sat Feb 14 2009 00:15:00

Is Obama's stimulus package green enough? CNN's Kristie Lu Stout asks Robert Heilmayr of the World Resource Institute.

CNNMoney: Stimulus: Uncle Sam goes greenupdated: Fri Feb 13 2009 12:28:00

The $787 billion economic stimulus bill aims to create millions of jobs around "shovel-ready" projects.

Obama to let states set auto emission rulesupdated: Mon Feb 09 2009 12:24:00

President Obama signed a memorandum Monday requiring the Environmental Protection Agency to reconsider an application by California to set more stringent auto emissions and fuel efficiency standards than required by federal law.

Obama cites energy 'crossroad'updated: Mon Feb 09 2009 12:24:00

President Obama's executive order requires the EPA to reconsider letting California set its own standards.

CNNMoney: Stimulus with interest: $1.2 trillionupdated: Tue Jan 27 2009 17:25:00

The long-term cost of the $825 billion economic recovery package before Congress could rise to $1.2 trillion over 10 years, a top budget official said Tuesday.

Obama acts on fuel efficiency, global warmingupdated: Mon Jan 26 2009 23:17:00

U.S. President Barack Obama set his green plan into action Monday, potentially reversing several Bush-era decisions on global warming and fuel efficiency.

The greenest office: No office at all?updated: Sun Jan 18 2009 22:53:00

Why don't you tell your boss you are going to work from home this year, and it's not just for your sake, but for the sake of the environment.

Domestic bliss: the future of home technologyupdated: Tue Jan 13 2009 13:17:00

In the past, homes of the future were all about sliding doors and friendly servitor robots but today's predictions link technology with sustainability as much as with convenience.

Supersonic, manta rays or slower planes? The future of air travelupdated: Tue Jan 06 2009 11:13:00

White contrails crisscrossing the sky over every major metropolis are a constant visual reminder of the fundamental role of airplanes in modern life.

Will energy savings jump-start the economy?updated: Mon Dec 29 2008 05:48:00

It looks like America may be getting a whole lot more energy-efficient as part of any new stimulus package.

CNNMoney: Save energy, save the economyupdated: Wed Dec 24 2008 10:30:00

It looks like America may be getting a whole lot more energy efficient as part of any new stimulus plan.

Fortune: For clean energy, look to the Internetupdated: Tue Dec 23 2008 05:57:00

Back in the 1960s, when Bob Metcalfe was in college, he would drive to MIT in Cambridge, Mass., from his home in Brooklyn, call home once he arrived, allow the phone to ring three times and hang up, to let his mother know he'd arrived safely.

House passes $14 billion auto bailout packageupdated: Wed Dec 17 2008 21:26:00

The House of Representatives handily passed a bill Wednesday night that would provide up to $14 billion in bridge loans to automakers, but Republican opposition cast doubt about the bill's fate in the Senate later this week.

CNNMoney: Obama names energy team, vows new tackupdated: Mon Dec 15 2008 19:02:00

President-elect Barack Obama unveiled his energy and environment team on Monday, ushering in what's likely to be a dramatic shift in the way the nation tackles the challenges of climate change, energy efficiency and the development of cleaner sources of fuel.

CNNMoney: Caution: Work projects aheadupdated: Thu Dec 11 2008 15:59:00

In just over a month, hundreds of billions of dollars of your money could be funneling through the hands of every politician, from the president to the mayor of the smallest American town, in a plan to jumpstart the economy.

The business of greenupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 21:47:00

Uday Khemka of investment firm SUN Group speaks about the challenges businesses face in 'going green'.

The business of green at the Clinton Global Initiativeupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 21:47:00

He may have left the White House more than 8 years ago, but Bill Clinton still holds a commanding presence on the world stage.

CNNMoney: Electric cars and the future of Detroitupdated: Wed Dec 10 2008 09:54:00

Hybrid and electric cars play a big part in the business plans Detroit automakers presented to Congress on Tuesday. The only problem is that vehicles like General Motors' Chevrolet Volt won't be profitable for a decade or more.

Commentary: Can the Big Three survive a bailout?updated: Wed Dec 03 2008 15:23:00

The Big Three automakers yesterday presented impressive plans to Congress that justified their need for bridge loans to help them regain their competitiveness in light of a vehicle market that has crashed into a wall.

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