| Aug 28, 2012
| 9:55 AM
One of the story lines this mean election season is that the Obama Administration dumps billions on alternative fuel and electric vehicle/battery companies, which then go bankrupt. It's why the name Solyndra is probably not lost on you. ("Legitimate rape"...
| Sep 9, 2012
In the 1970s, clothing shoppers were advised in a popular advertising jingle from the International Ladies' Garment Workers' Union to "look for the union label." In that same spirit, anyone shopping for an energy-efficient home today would be well-advised...
| Jul 3, 2012
| 9:55 AM
With Harford County Council Bill 11-51 enacted into law, any new one- and two-family dwellings will now have to be built with automatic residential fire sprinkler systems.
The bill was an update to its building and mechanical codes to the applicable 2012...
| Jul 5, 2012
| 1:27 PM
There were no tornado warnings last Friday night, when I muted the Nationals game around 11 p.m. I listened intently through my living-room window. A train, I thought. Definitely a train.
I should have known better. The warnings have been building for...
| Sep 17, 2012
| 9:31 AM
Harford Community College, in cooperation with the Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development, is offering a course for certification as an International Code Council (ICC) residential energy inspector/plans examiner, the Harford County...
| Jan 28, 2013
| 9:03 AM
WASHINGTON -- The American Century is dead. Long live the next American Century.
The subtext of political debate these days is that the United States is in decline -- a proposition often portrayed as self-evident. The economy lacks dynamism;...
| Jan 23, 2013
| 9:43 AM
WASHINGTON -- There was a make-believe quality to President Obama's second inaugural address, as if all that's required to solve serious problems are the intelligence to produce proper policies and the political grit to get them approved. Perish the...
| Dec 21, 2012
Energy-efficient homebuilding is about to take a big step forward in Illinois, but consumers will pay now to save on future utility bills.
A new statewide building energy code that takes effect Jan. 1 strives to make homes more comfortable and...
| Nov 12, 2012
| 3:10 PM
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The U.S. will become the world’s top producer of oil within five years, a net exporter of the fuel around 2030 and nearly self-sufficient in energy by 2035, according to a new report from the...
| Nov 14, 2012
| 9:25 AM
WASHINGTON -- Preoccupied by the election, Americans may be under the delusion that most major social and economic changes proceed from the ballot box. Not so.
The latest reminder of this comes from a surprising source: the annual World Energy Outlook...
| Nov 9, 2011
| 4:35 PM
The Paris-based International Energy Agency warned today that world governments are locking themselves into a potentially disastrous future that depends too much on fossil fuels. The message came as the IEA released its annual World Energy Outlook....