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It’s become pretty clear that shipping oil by rail raises serious issues. That might make the case for pipelines seem more attractive, but nothing’s ever simple, is it? We’re still left with questions about pipeline safety. Plus...
The supply and price of natural gas is buffeted by local factors and global markets. Between those two pressure points, natural gas prices are suddenly on the rise. Two weeks ago an In Box post mentioned that a major supplier of natural gas in...
Winter seemingly came early this time around. It stayed late and it sure hit hard. With apologies, perhaps that was our fault. You see, the spouse and I enjoy cross country skiing. Every year we earnestly pray for snow. Hey! Success! As one...
BP announced earlier today that it’s ”divesting” from the controversial Cape Vincent project it’s been working on for nearly a decade. Our reporter Joanna Richards is working on the story, but here’s a statement...
Those who follow the debate about the Keystone XL Pipeline have very likely formed their own opinion about the project’s merits, or dangers. Further presentations may not change any minds. The controversial project is still awaiting approval...


Energy
Apr 24, 2014 — The Feb. 14 release of radioactive material at the facility in New Mexico that contaminated 21 workers was due to poor management and lack of oversight, the Department of Energy says.
Apr 21, 2014 — The vice president has arrived in Kiev amid increased tensions in the country's east between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian nationalists. He was expected to offer energy and economic aid.
Apr 14, 2014 — Luminescent paint absorbs energy during the daylight hours and then glows green in the dark. If widely adopted, the inventor envisions an energy-saving smart highway.
Apr 9, 2014 — As vertical farming takes root in cities around the world, critics fear it's leaving a big carbon footprint. An experiment in Chicago turning garbage into energy aims to prove them wrong.
Apr 4, 2014 — Thanks in large part to hydraulic fracturing, the U.S. finds itself awash in domestic energy — and moving rapidly toward self-sufficiency and a position of strategic and economic strength.
 

Special Features

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Life beneath the Tug Hill wind turbines
David Sommerstein talks with neighbors of the Maple Ridge windfarm on the Tug Hill Plateau to find out what it's like living with the new energy technology in your own back yard.
Audio Series
Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
Audio Series
The Biofuel Economy
NCPR reporter Gregory Warner looks at the development of renewable alternative energy fuels from agriculture and other biological sources.
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A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge
In the US Senate debate over the country's energy plan, New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Brian Mann spent a month in the Alaskan wilderness to research this half-hour documentary report.
Photo Audio Essay
President Bush: Earth Day in the Adirondacks
President George Bush was met with hospitality & protests while celebrating Earth Day in the Adirondacks. Brian Mann reports from Wilmington.
Photo Audio Essay
Relicensing the St. Lawrence-FDR Power Project
The St. Lawrence Seaway and Power Project was the largest public works project in the world. The power project's 50-year operation license expires in 2003. A three-part series by David Sommerstein.
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The New Potsdam Co-op Bakery
The Potsdam Food Coop's new wood-fired brick oven is producing crunchy, chewy sourdough and wholewheat breads. Todd Moe talks with the Coop's baker, Chris Affrey.

Critics: International Paper Concealed Test Results

International Paper's move to use old tires for fuel at the company's mill in Ticonderoga may have hit another snag. A pro-environment group has released results from a two-day test burn in 1997 that show a spike in zinc emissions. As Brian Mann reports, some critics claim the company tried to conceal the results.  Go to full article

Businesses Seek Savings in Power Co-op

North Country energy experts are hosting a meeting in Canton Thursday to get local businesses to buy power in bulk. As David Sommerstein reports, they say a not-for-profit Energy Services Company, or ESCO, is a way to save money, and support renewable and locally produced power. The meeting is Thursday at 3-5pm at the Best Western in Canton.  Go to full article

House Approves Energy Bill

The House has approved and sent to the Senate an energy bill that contains $23 billion worth of energy-related tax breaks. The bill faces a tough fight in the Senate, where some Democrats are threatening to filibuster because of a provision that protects the makers of a gasoline additive from lawsuits. North Country Congressman John McHugh lauded the bill's increased funding to promote energy efficiency in the North Country.  Go to full article

Emergency Declared in the Town of Moriah

According to state police and the Essex County Sheriff's office, a state of emergency has been declared in the Town of Moriah. Details are sketchy, but the town is...  Go to full article

Utilities Struggle to Sell "Green" Power

Many utilities across the country have begun so-called "green power" programs. They offer customers energy produced from renewable resources, such as wind or water - if...  Go to full article

Tire-Chip Fuel Test Concerns Vermonters

The International Paper Company mill in Ticonderoga won't start burning tire chips as fuel until the concerns of Vermont officials are met. That's the latest word from plant...  Go to full article

Sparks Fly at Assembly Hearing Over Secret Meeting

An Assembly hearing on energy issues generated sparks when the head of a group representing New York's utilities sparred with the Assembly Energy Chair over a secret meeting...  Go to full article
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Sustainability Guru Kicks Off Series in Watertown

Jefferson Community College in Watertown kicks off a year-long look at sustainable economic development tonight with a nationally-known speaker on the subject. ...  Go to full article

Critics Question New Power Line Bill

Critics say a bill by Governor Pataki that would authorize the state to finance the building of electric transmission lines raises many questions. Karen DeWitt reports from...  Go to full article

Blackout Leads to Sewage Overflows

Tens of millions of gallons of untreated or partially treated sewage were dumped into the Great Lakes basin during last month's massive power outage, but environmentalists...  Go to full article

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