• This Nov. 3, 2012 photo shows wind turbines at the National Wind Technology Center, run by the U.S. Department of Energy, outside Boulder, Colo.

    Federal spending to support development of green energy has dropped sharply— 75 percent since 2009 — amid criticism that it's wasteful.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 11:30 PM EST
  • Egyptians relax outside a cafe in Cairo, Egypt, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012. Egypt’s capital prides itself on being city that never sleeps, with crowds filling cafes and shops open into the small hours. So the government is facing a backlash from businesses and the public as it vows to impose new nationwide rules closing stores and restaurants early. Officials say the crisis-ridden nation has to conserve electricity, but they also seem intent on taming a population they see as too unruly.

    After broad backlash, an Egyptian minister says that the government has decided to postpone the imposition of a curfew on shops and restaurants.

    LAST UPDATE : Dec 11, 2012, 8:00 PM EST