Pew Research Center Apr. 14, 2008

Help from Hugo Chavez: Free Heating Oil for Needy U.S. Families

Close to 200,000 poor families in 15 cold-weather states can thank Venezuela’s controversial president for helping them heat their homes this winter.

U.S. Politics Mar. 6, 2008

Mixed Signals on Energy Policy

The public remains conflicted in its approach toward energy and the environment, but 55% favor more conservation and regulation compared with 35% who support expanded exploration. Fully 90% favor tighter auto fuel standards.

Pew Research Center Feb. 24, 2008

Govs’ Talks Target Clean Coal, Carbon Tax

Governors have few doubts that global warming is a looming threat, but have some major differences about how to address the problem.

U.S. Politics Jan. 30, 2008

Global Warming Falls Still Farther on Republicans’ Policy Agenda

Republicans’ concerns about climate change have fallen through the floor. Just 12% now call it a top priority for policymakers.

Religion Dec. 18, 2007

Science in America: Religious Belief and Public Attitudes

The combination of widespread religious commitment and leadership in science and technology greatly enlarges the potential for conflict between faith and science in the U.S.

Pew Research Center Aug. 21, 2007

Minnesota Takes the Lead in E-Cycling

Five state legislatures took steps this year to curb the threat of toxic waste created by the proliferation of discarded computer gear and other digital junk, making 2007 a banner year for passage of electronic recycling laws.

Pew Research Center Jul. 30, 2007

States Forge Ahead on Immigration, Global Warming

From the Iraq war to illegal immigrants to global warming, states are showing impatience with Washington, D.C., and are blazing new policies often contrary to the feds.

Pew Research Center Jun. 28, 2007

Ethanol Demand Outgrows Corn

Corn is king of renewable auto fuels, for now. But federal and state governments already are racing to find alternatives to corn as they look for ways to use ethanol to help break the nation’s dependence on foreign oil.

Pew Research Center Apr. 26, 2007

States Wax Fluorescent

Lawmakers in at least seven states want to ban ordinary light bulbs in favor of longer-lasting, energy-efficient compact fluorescents.

Pew Research Center Mar. 14, 2007

Sowing the Wind, Reaping the Electricity

In a sci-fi approach to providing clean energy, a consortium of Iowa power companies is planning to fill a big underground hole with pressurized air which would then be released to generate electricity.