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How Much Does the U.S. Government Subsidize Electricity Generating Technologies?

How Much Does the U.S. Government Subsidize Electricity Generating Technologies?

When considering only the portion of fossil fuel support that relates to electric power, renewables receive far more federal help Illustration: iStockphoto Exactly what is a subsidy, who pays for them, and who benefits? Everybody in the energy business has an opinion but few people agree on any one answer. The American Petroleum Institute, an(…)

After WikiLeaks, a Recap of How the U.S. Government Discloses a Zero-Day

After WikiLeaks, a Recap of How the U.S. Government Discloses a Zero-Day

Through the secretive Vulnerability Equities Process, agencies determine whether to share software vulnerabilities with manufacturers Illustration: iStockphoto The latest WikiLeaks dump rattled the Internet this week with documents that appear to indicate the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency found a slew of software vulnerabilities that it potentially used to break into Apple and Android devices, and even(…)

Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

Industry Schools Government about the Future of Self-Driving Cars

A house subcommittee hearing could shape the direction of the automotive autonomy in the United States Illustration: IEEE Spectrum Earlier this week, the U.S. House Subcommittee on Digital Commerce and Consumer Protection held a hearing on Self-Driving Cars: Road to Deployment. I know, it sounds super boring, and most of it was: if you’ve been following(…)

Pressure on Japan’s Government to Revamp Country’s Energy Mix

Pressure on Japan’s Government to Revamp Country’s Energy Mix

Slow nuclear restart and lukewarm reception for electricity deregulation is forcing an energy mix rethink Image: Planet Observer/UIG/Getty Images Following the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant accident, the Japanese government drafted a plan for a new energy mix starting in 2013. The aim was to: improve the country’s energy security by supporting renewable and nuclear(…)