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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
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.
Jul 16, 2014 — The Obama administration announced new sanctions Wednesday that go well beyond any previously imposed in its dispute with Russia over Ukraine. It's not clear whether Europeans will match them.
Jul 15, 2014 — Tracking the calories in food you eat can be tedious. But a GE scientist is working on a device that fits over your plate and automatically tells you exactly how much energy is in your meal.
Jun 18, 2014 — The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
Jun 17, 2014 — The White House is announcing the creation of the world's largest marine sanctuary. The plan would make large sections of the Pacific Ocean off limits to fishing and energy exploration. The boundaries will be set after the White House consults with fishermen, scientists and other stakeholders
 

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.
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.

Lake Ontario to Cool Toronto

The city of Toronto is using the deep, chilly waters of Lake Ontario as "green" air conditioning for some of its skyscrapers. David Sommerstein explains how.  Go to full article

Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil

Martha Foley talks with Dr. David Goodstein. Goodstein is vice provost and professor of physics and technology at Caltech. He predicts we'll run out of oil very soon -- perhaps in 10 years or less.  Go to full article
David Goodstein

Out of Gas: the End of the Age of Oil?Clarkson University Convocation Address

Man has nearly depleted the energy source we once thought inexhaustible, according to California Institute of Technology Vice Provost and Professor of Physics David Goodstein in his new book Out of Gas: The End of the Age of Oil. Goodstein delivered the Van Sickle Endowed Lecture at Clarkson's convocation August 23, 2004.
     Goodstein makes the case that global oil production will peak and then begin to decline sooner than most people think, possibly even in this decade, and that all efforts to deal with the problem on an emergency basis are doomed to fail. A return to coal for heating and cooking will increase greenhouse gases in our atmosphere and eventually tip earth's climate into a new state hostile to life.  Go to full article

New Rule Takes Aim at Fish Kills

Environmental groups and attorneys general in six states, including New York, are suing the Environmental Protection Agency over a new rule that regulates cooling water...  Go to full article

NY Emergency Regulations Target Utilities, Acid Rain

The Pataki administration enacted emergency regulations yesterday, designed to reduce pollution from New York's power plants. State environment commissioner Erin Crotty says...  Go to full article

Capturing Waste-heat in Smokestacks

Engineers say they have a new system that will extract more energy out of coal-fired power plants. And, they say, it has the added benefit of reducing pollution. The Great...  Go to full article

Utility Deregulation Leaving Consumers Behind?

A new report on competition in the electric utility industry says costly times may be ahead for residential ratepayers. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach...  Go to full article

Clinton Criticizes Republicans over Power Grid Reform

This Saturday marks one year since the northeast, including much of the North Country, went dark in the nation's largest blackout. New York senator Hillary Clinton yesterday...  Go to full article

Savor Local Produce With a 'Slow Food' Evening

We're at the height of locally grown, fresh fruit and vegetable season. The corn is sweet, the tomatoes are plump and juicy, and a group of North Country gardeners are...  Go to full article

Study: Air Pollution Reduced During Blackout

A new study indicates that air pollution dropped significantly the day after last year's power blackout in the Northeast and upper Midwest. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's...  Go to full article

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