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This is a selection of my magazine writing from the last decade, or so, for Wired, Fortune, Time, The Atlantic, and so on, plus a couple of quantitative reports for Pike Research. Not all of these are about energy. All of them, in certain ways, are about technology, the future of Earth, and the human condition.

America's energy job machine is heating up

Deep-sea drilling and fracking are helping to unearth abundant supplies of oil and gas. The coming energy renaissance could be just the elixir the U.S. economy needs.

Molycorp's $1 billion rare-earth gamble

How an American company is trying to break China's monopoly on high-tech minerals.

Uranium Is So Last Century — Enter Thorium, the New Green Nuke

A cadre of outsiders is dedicated to sparking a revival of long-lost nuclear reactor technology using thorium – an alternative nuclear fuel that is far safer, cleaner, and more abundant than uranium. Standing in their way is the existing nuclear-power establishment.

Geothermal: The most misunderstood renewable

For utilities, geothermal presents an appealing renewable option with sizable upfront risks.

Don't count out nuclear just yet

As harrowing as the Fukushima debacle has been, it hasn't dimmed the hopes of nuclear technologists, suppliers and manufacturers. In fact, it may even have helped them.

Forget $100 oil. $100 uranium is a real problem.

Supplies of uranium, which has been in surplus since the fall of the Soviet Union, are beginning to tighten, and prices are rising again after plummeting during the world financial crisis of 2008-09.

China Takes Lead in Race for Clean Nuclear Power

China has officially announced it will launch a program to develop a thorium-fueled molten- salt nuclear reactor, taking a crucial step towards shifting to nuclear power as a primary energy source.

In nuclear energy, smaller is better

A growing cadre of scientists and executives is promoting the idea of small, modular reactors as the way out of the nuclear power industry’s current impasse.

Nuclear Rock

With oil supplies uncertain, uranium mining heats up. A visit to the world’s richest, and most radioactive, uranium mine.

What peak oil? Why an oil glut is ahead

New supplies and flat demand are combining to create an oil surplus, which could push prices down to $50 per barrel.

Carbon Capture and Sequestration

Drivers and Barriers, Technology Issues, Key Industry Players, Market Analysis and Forecasts, Pike Research
Pike Research

Can The Internet Save The Planet?

Solar arrays and wind farms grab all the green technology attention,but the Internet is quietly providing ways to save energy.

Wireless Power

Wireless Charging and Transmission for Mobile Devices, Consumer Electronics, Electric Vehicles, Industrial Markets, and Military Applications
Pike Research

Clean Coal Still a Distant Vision

Montana Gov. Schweitzer continues push