Some members of the Tea Party are leading a movement to reclaim conservation as a conservative value. But their efforts to back solar power in the name of economic freedom are still far from mainstream in the conservative world.
Solar power and natural gas seem like competitors in the race to create new power generating capacity. And that's true — to an extent. But they both may be crucial to helping meet future global energy needs — and reducing the risks of climate change.
The tiny German village of Feldheim, about 50 miles southwest of Berlin, has sworn off fossil fuels and nuclear power. It produces every bit of its electricity and heat from local sources, and a key way it does that is by using manure from local farms.
Offshore wind power has huge potential in the United States, but few wind farm projects are being approved. Now, a project on Lake Erie that once looked promising has lost federal grant money and may also be in jeopardy.
Ethanol has largely fizzled here in the US. But in Brazil, people have been driving their cars for years powered only by sugarcane ethanol. In recent years though, ethanol in Brazil has hit a speed bump.
You've probably seen the sun-fueled cars on the road that support just a single passenger. Well thanks to students at the Netherlands' Eindhoven University of Technology, there is now a solar-powered car that can carry around the whole family of four.
Living on Earth's Jessica Ilyse Smith reports that researchers are working on wind turbines that will float on water. Modeled on deep-sea oil rigs the floating windmills will be able to harness the strong, consistent wind far out at sea.
Host Steve Curwood talks with Phil Angelides, chairman of the board of the Apollo Alliance, a coalition of business, labor, and environmental groups that promotes clean energy technology and the creation of green jobs.
Ecuador has just inaugurated its first wind farm on San Cristobal island in the Galapagos, and it's one of the world's largest wind-diesel hybrids. Spectrum Radio's Erico Guizzo visited the San Cristobal Wind Project and has our report.
Imagine a heavy-duty truck, fully electric, that can haul 60 thousand pounds for 30 miles on one charge. The seaport of Los Angeles is about to receive 25 electric port vehicles, and officials expect them to catch on at ports worldwide.
Nissan pledges to build a zero emissions electric car by 2010. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with John O'Dell, senior editor of the website Green Car Advisor, about what the car will look like and how and when we might see a fleet of electric automobiles.
While interest in building hydro-electric dams is waning in the U.S., developing nations are increasingly turning to rivers to power their growing economies. Guest: International Rivers Director Patrick McCully about dams in the developing world.
The clean energy future Republicans describe in their platform will require big investments in renewable energy sources. Host Steve Curwood talks with Michael Hoffman, managing director for Riverstone Holdings LLC, about the Republicans' green pledges.
New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman wants the United States to turn the recent financial crisis into a green opportunity to strengthen America's future. He tells Living on Earth host Bruce Gellerman why a global clean energy revolution is imminent.