• Paul Ryan budget fibs on energy costs

    Paul Ryan misstates the case on federal energy taxes.

    FORTUNE -- Rep. Paul Ryan laid out his budget blueprint today, and it includes some whoppers about federal energy subsidies.

    Here is what Ryan writes on page 48:

    "The administration continues to penalize economically competitive sources of energy and to reward their uncompetitive alternatives. On the one hand, it pours money into its favored industries. In 2012, the Congressional Budget Office found total energy MORE

    - Mar 12, 2013 12:26 PM ET
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  • Exclusive: Bloom Energy's earnings

    Bloom privately reports $32 million Q3 loss.

    FORTUNE -- For years, the knock on fuel cell maker Bloom Energy Corp. has been that its boxes cost more to make than they cost to buy. Not exactly the sort of dynamic that would help Bloom make it up on volume.

    But perhaps things are finally about to change, after 10 years and nearly $1 billion in venture capital funding.

    Fortune recently obtained confidential documents MORE

    - Nov 14, 2012 8:01 AM ET
  • Tesla CEO: Political 'punching bag'

    Tesla's Elon Musk reflects on his company's role in the presidential election.

    FORTUNE -- During the second presidential debate, Mitt Romney raised Silicon Valley eyebrows by suggesting that electric car-maker Tesla Motors Inc. (TSLA) was a "loser," akin to failed solar company Solyndra.

    The comment was roundly criticized, particularly given that Tesla has been well-received by the public markets and says that it is on track to repay its Department of Energy MORE

    - Nov 13, 2012 4:14 PM ET
  • Paul Ryan's Solyndra fantasy

    The solar energy market is not 'make believe.'

    FORTUNE -- It's no secret that Republicans view Solyndra as the corporate embodiment of everything that is wrong with the Obama administration. It received federal loans through a stimulus they opposed, its largest existing investor had ties to a major Obama fundraiser and the company's collapse cost taxpayers around half a billion dollars.

    But last night Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) trotted out a new MORE

    - Aug 30, 2012 5:06 PM ET
  • Ethanol's food-fuel dilemma

    Demand for corn ethanol is raising food prices. What's needed is a policy change.

    FORTUNE -- After 30 years of government largesse that would have made even Nancy Pelosi blush, Congress in December let expire the roughly $6 billion annual subsidy for corn ethanol. That's bad news for the big refiners that were paid 45¢ for each gallon of corn ethanol they blended into gasoline supplies. But it's good news for MORE

    - Jan 31, 2012 5:00 AM ET
  • The fracking hedge

    How investment firms protect themselves from a ban on fracking.

    Last month, some fracking chemicals allegedly found their way into a Wyoming aquifer. Then there were a pair of mild earthquakes in Ohio, which some geologists claim were caused by fracking in that state.

    It still seems highly unlikely that the EPA would institute any sort of blanket ban on fracking – particularly given that the U.S. is now a net refined fuel MORE

    - Jan 6, 2012 12:36 PM ET
  • Frack it: KKR buying Samson for $7.2 billion

    KKR again bets big on shale.

    Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) this morning announced the largest leveraged buyout of 2011, agreeing to acquire privately-held oil and gas company Samson for $7.2 billion. KKR is being joined on the deal by Crestview Partners, Natural Gas Partners and Japan's Itochu Corp.

    Under terms of the agreement, KKR and its partners will acquire all of Tulsa, Okla.-based Samson's assets, with the exception of its MORE

    - Nov 23, 2011 9:10 AM ET
  • 4 great reasons to buy Southern Co.'s stock

    Icon Telecommunications & Utilities fund manager Robert Straus says the power giant shines even in uncertain times.

    By Scott Medintz, contributor

    FORTUNE -- Icon manager Robert Straus is a by-the-numbers stock picker. "We think it's very important to be non-emotional," he says. He examines earnings, growth rates, and risk, and invests in utilities with the best "value-to-price" ratio. The result: 6% annual returns over the past 10 years, more than double the MORE

    Nov 9, 2011 5:00 AM ET
  • Jekyll & Hyde IPO market: Withdrawals hit 3-year high, pending deals surge

    The schizophrenia continues: We aren't going public now, but we will soon.

    FORTUNE -- It's probably not a stunning revelation that an increase in IPO filings historically portends an improving economy. Late 2009 saw a strong uptick, for instance, which was followed by a great bull market in 2010, while the stagflation of the mid 1970s meant barely any IPOs saw daylight, especially during the dark days between 1974 and 1976.

    So MORE

    - Oct 19, 2011 3:23 PM ET
  • Will new rules lead to oil and silver hoarding?

    The Commodity Futures Trading Commission approved new limits on commodities traders. Now analysts want to know what will happen next.

    FORTUNE -- Is the cure for speculation in the energy markets worse than the illness? Futures industry professionals are up in arms over a vote by regulators Tuesday to introduce position limits on hedge funds and other traders, saying it will lead to commodity hoarding and large price spikes in the MORE

    - Oct 19, 2011 12:33 PM ET
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