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Who thought 30-year mortgages were a good thing?

Nov 25, 2013
Lending money for 30 years at a fixed interest rate isn't attractive to banks. So how did 30-year fixed-rate mortgages come to be the standard?
Posted In: Mortgages, interest rates, home buying

Where's the beef? (Raised, slaughtered and processed?)

Nov 19, 2013
Meatpackers and ranchers are fighting each other over new labeling rules.
Posted In: ranching, meatpacking, food safety

In Chicago, piles of petroleum coke suggest the future of Canadian tar sands oil

Nov 18, 2013
A byproduct of refining gasoline clouds the skies of a South Side Chicago neighborhood.
Posted In: petroleum-based, Koch, BP, Chicago, Environment

In memoriam: The first of many Tennessee Valley Authority coal plants

Nov 18, 2013
The coal-fired plants being retired by the Tennessee Valley Authority are more than 50 years old.
Posted In: coal, natgas, air pollution

Recycling? Don't overdo it.

Nov 15, 2013
Recycling is expensive but good -- up to a point.
Posted In: recycling

Life in the Philippines and the cycle of disaster

Nov 12, 2013
Typhoons beat on the Philippines regularly, destroying roads, bridges and buildings in an already poor country.
Posted In: philippines, typhoon, Yolanda, Haiyan

Nation's electricity grid gets a test

Nov 12, 2013
The aging grid's main protection against attack is that it's too sprawling and complicated to all go down at once.
Posted In: power, electricity, infrastructure

Installing solar panels? Think of the firefighters

Nov 12, 2013
For firefighters, there can be too many solar panels on a roof. Fire officials and the solar industry are paying attention to the concern.
Posted In: solar power, firefighters, solar panels

U.S. high-speed rail: Express to ... where?

Nov 5, 2013
An advocacy group pushing high-speed rail in the U.S. begins its annual meeting.
Posted In: high speed rail, California rail, bullet trains

The war on the 'War on Coal'

Oct 30, 2013
The coal industry and its political supporters have launched their counterattack to EPA rules.
Posted In: coal, natgas, nat gas, natural gas, EPA

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