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United Airlines Buys Big Into Biofuels

June 6 -- United Airlines is taking a significant step forward in its use of biofuel with a plan to buy 15 million gallons of the stuff during the next three years. The airline signed an agreement with AltAir Fuels to buy fuel it will use on flights departing Los Angeles beginning next year. United says the renewable jet fuel is “price competitive” with the fuel now used by airlines and should, on a lifecycle basis, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50 percent. >>View Article

Electric Cars and U.S. Innovation

June 5 -- Your editorial "The Other Government Motors" (May 24) misses the mark entirely on an American success story that just completed a tremendous feat of fiscal responsibility. By paying back its loan in full, Tesla Motors TSLA -4.77% deserves to be celebrated, not attacked for its success. >>View Article

Mass. at 2d place in US in clean tech ranking

June 5 -- A commitment to energy efficiency, success in attracting private investment, and state policies that support alternative energy sources have helped Massachusetts develop one of the nation’s leading clean technology industries, according to a study released Tuesday. >>View Article

US agency fuels local clean tech companies

June 5 -- As private investors shy away from new energy technologies that require millions of dollars and many years to commercialize, Massachusetts companies are getting much-needed infusions of capital from a little-known federal agency modeled after a Defense Department program that developed the Internet and GPS technology. >>View Article

US opens first bid for offshore wind energy

June 5 -- The race to harness the power of North Atlantic winds is on. On Tuesday the Interior Department unveiled plans for the nation's first auction of offshore wind leases. It's more good news for the US wind industry, which installed a record amount of capacity in 2012, and received a one-year extension on the federal tax credits driving much of the industry's growth. >>View Article

Tesla was not in fact worse than Solyndra, I argue on TV

June 4 -- Last week, Scott Woolley published a piece in Slate with the headline, “Tesla was worse than Solyndra.” It argued that the U.S. government, by not insisting that its loan be repaid in part with stock options, left money on the table when Tesla broke big — more money than it lost in the Solyndra deal. Thus, “worse than Solyndra.” >>View Article

Tesla Stock Today Looking A Lot Like General Motors In 1915

June 4 -- One of the hottest, if not the hottest, stock stories in the market today has been Tesla Motors TSLA +2.69% (TSLA), the brainchild of Elon Musk, co-founder of PayPal who has also resurrected the private space industry with his SpaceX venture. Musk has also been compared to such icons and visionaries of American industry as Steve Jobs or Henry Ford, but what we find most interesting about Tesla is how it compares to General Motors GM +1.74% (GM) back in 1915, a company that succeeded in taking the nascent U.S. auto industry to a new level with its introduction of the production V-8 engine, a major development at the time. >>View Article

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