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Slightly over a year after the July 6, 2013 inferno which claimed 47 lives in the Quebec town of Lac-Mégantic, the Canadian Press reported the locomotive from that rail disaster was up for auction. It was to have been included in an sale of...
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...


Energy
Aug 18, 2014 — The state produces a lot of energy, but environmentalists and the oil industry are joining to combat wind power companies as they try to expand.
Aug 4, 2014 — Colorado is embroiled in debate over how to regulate oil and gas development. Up to four energy-related issues could be on the November ballot, and the run-up is causing confusion among voters.
Jul 31, 2014 — Oklahoma is experiencing more earthquakes, and some scientists say they're caused by wastewater disposal wells. Linda Wertheimer learns more from energy reporter Joe Wertz of StateImpact Oklahoma.
Jul 29, 2014 — Obama said further sanctions against Russia's defense, banking and energy sectors were "closely coordinated" with action taken by European allies.
Jul 27, 2014 — At the East Bay School for Boys, teachers try to channel students' frenetic energy into resilience and creativity. They call shop class "work," and emphasize softer skills like empathy.
 

Special Features

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Audio Slideshow:
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.
Audio Slideshow
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.
Photo Audio Essay
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.
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002
President Bush in Adirondacks 2002

Clear Skies Plan Fails in Senate, Environmental Defeat For White House

The Bush Administration suffered a major defeat yesterday in the Senate. The Clear Skies initiative failed to pass a key committee vote, thanks in part to opposition from Vermont Senator Jim Jeffords and New York Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. Clear Skies had been hailed by the power industry and by some pro-environment groups as a way to replace outdated pollution control laws. Opponents described the plan as a gift to coal-fired power plants in the Midwest that are blamed for much of the acid rain and Mercury pollution that hits the north country. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article
Wind developer Jim McAndrew

Wind Power Comes To Adirondack North Country, Raising Hopes & Fears

Two commercial wind farm projects are in the planning stages in the Adirondack Park. Other wind farms are moving forward in Franklin county, near Malone, and in Lewis county west of Lowville. Developers say renewable wind power could help New York state become less dependant on oil. They also say the giant windmills could generate much-needed income for rural communities. As Brian Mann reports, the projects have drawn support from pro-environment groups. But some activists worry that the wind farms will harm the region's scenic beauty and erode the quality of small town life.  Go to full article
Author & activist Bill McKibben

Commentary: Wind Power A Necessary Evil & Symbol of Hope

If wind power projects go forward in the North Country, they will change the visual landscape for some of the most pristine areas in the Adirondack Park. Author and activist Bill McKibben spends much of each year wandering the hills and back roads near his home in Johnsburg. McKibben says the massive windmills are a necessary evil and a symbol of hope for a world threatened by global warming. Bill McKibben is author of the End of Nature and a new book due out this spring called Wandering Home about his his trek through the Champlain Valley. He divides his time between Johnsburg, in the Adirondacks, and Middlebury, Vermont. His essay first appeared in the New York Times.  Go to full article

A Cleaner Coal-fired Power Plant

A new kind of cleaner, coal-fired power plant will soon be built somewhere in the Midwest. American Electric Power, the nation's largest producer of electricity, says the...  Go to full article

Winter Air Quality An Issue

Earlier this month, Environment Canada issued smog warnings for the Montreal area for six straight days. Higher elevations gave a clear view of the brown smog layer on the...  Go to full article

Mercury Levels Up in St. Lawrence Fish

Troubling levels of mercury have been found in some St Lawrence river fish popular with anglers. Environmentalists say that coal-fired plants in the Midwest are to blame....  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Affects Birth Weight

Cars, trucks and coal-fired power plants contribute to fine particle pollution, or soot. That type of pollution can be harmful for adults with heart or lung problems, and...  Go to full article

State Reaches Settlement on Lower Emissions for Coal Plants

The operators of six New York coal-fired power plants have agreed to slash nitrogen and sulfur emissions. Governor Pataki and state Attorney General Eliot Spitzer say the...  Go to full article

Harvesting the Wind: Up Close to the Turbines

Wind farms of huge turbines are springing up along coastlines, windy ridges and blustery farmland. Construction of one of the largest planned in the East is expected to...  Go to full article

Biodiesel Plant Shapes Up Slowly

Plans to build a biodiesel plant in St. Lawrence County are taking longer than expected. Canton College officials want to double the capacity of the factory. But they're...  Go to full article

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