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Keystone approval dies in the Senate

By Leigh Jones
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Politics | Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu fell one vote short of the 60 she needed to get her bill authorizing construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through the Senate…

Keystone XL wins House approval, heads to the Senate

By Leigh Jones
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Government | The long debated, much studied Keystone XL pipeline may be the biggest beneficiary of the protracted battle for the Louisiana Senate seat. This afternoon, the…

A conservative Texas town votes to kick out fracking

By Michael Cochrane
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Energy | Residents of Denton, Texas, a town about 45 minutes north of Dallas, voted last week to ban the oil extraction process known as fracking. Short for hydraulic…

Are wind turbines making people sick?

By Julie Borg
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Science | The Brown County Health Board unanimously concluded last month that wind turbines, located on the Shirley Wind Farm in Glenmore, Wis., are a “human health…

U.S. ships could drink the ocean for fuel

By Michael Cochrane
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Military | U.S. Navy researchers have been working for more than a decade on a way to tap an abundant and relatively inexpensive source of fuel. Earlier this month, the…

Could buried nuclear reactors be a safer energy solution?

By Michael Cochrane
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Energy | Small underground nuclear power plants may herald the future for an energy industry under intense scrutiny after Japan’s Fukushima disaster, but America may…

State Department: Pipeline poses minimal environmental threat

By Rob Holmes & Daniel James Devine
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Energy | The U.S. State Department released a long-awaited environmental report today that will help determine the destiny of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline, a…

When birds collide, wind power companies pay the price

By Jesse Yow
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Energy | While government policies have supported wind energy for years, the energy source is less popular with the hundreds of unlucky eagles, owls, and hawks that…

Renewable energy takes backseat to natural gas

By Jesse Yow
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Energy | While some news reports tout new renewable energy sources as replacements for traditional sources like coal and oil, the truth is that an evolving mix of old…

Regulating coal out of the energy business

By David Sonju
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Energy | On Friday the Obama administration proposed stringent new limits on the amount of heat-trapping emissions new power plants will be allowed to emit. The…

California freaks out over fracking

By Jesse Yow
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Energy | The California Coastal Commission has launched an investigation into offshore hydraulic fracturing (fracking), at state lawmakers’ request. The agency,

Investing to keep the lights on

By Jesse Yow
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Energy | We’re now in hurricane season: No big ones so far, but the United States power grid often has trouble keeping the lights on after such weather events. A new…

 
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