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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 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.
Apr 2, 2014 — It has been nearly 2 months since a metal stormwater pipe ruptured near the Dan River. A federal criminal probe was launched into the relationship between Duke Energy and a state environmental agency.
Mar 31, 2014 — In many ways, the world is "ill-prepared" for the dangers, scientists say in a new report. They also say efforts to improve energy efficiency and cut water consumption could help make a difference.
 

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.

Greens Decry Canadian Oil Exports

Canadian environmental groups say the American demand for fossil fuels is harming Canada's environment. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly reports  Go to full article

Canadian Businesess Rally Against Kyoto

A new coalition of Canadian business groups says their government's plan to ratify the Kyoto protocol on climate change will destroy the economy. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Karen Kelly has the story.  Go to full article

Debating the Need for Radiation Pills

Since the September 11th terrorists attacks, political pressure has been building to distribute potassium iodide pills to people who live around nuclear power plants. The pills help reduce the damage from exposure to certain kinds of radioactivity in the event of a release. But not all states with nuclear power plants are distributing the pills. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Terrorist Threat to Nuclear Power Plants

After the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, there have been all kinds of speculation about the next target. One of the worst case scenarios...  Go to full article

Study Finds Culprit of East Coast Ozone Pollution

New England often blames distant Midwest power plants for the air pollution that blows its way. But a new study shows some of the major air pollution in New England comes...  Go to full article

Power Plants Pressured to Obey Treaty

Canada's environment minister is threatening action if Ontario doesn't meet the air pollution standards set out in a treaty signed by Canada and the U-S. But as the Great...  Go to full article

Energy Use at an All Time High

This month U.S. electric utilities have been setting records for electricity output. So far, the grid has held up. But the electricity industry says more has to be done to...  Go to full article

Pataki Announces $17 Million for Five Upstate Wind Farms

Governor Pataki has announced state funding that will help develop five wind farms in upstate New York. Jody Tosti reports.  Go to full article

Clinton Presses Bush For More LIHEAP Funds

New York's junior senator is calling on President Bush to restore money for low-income and elderly people's utility bills in next year's budget. Senator Hillary Clinton says...  Go to full article

Biodiesel Makes Inroads As Alternative Fuel

While the debate over the economic and ecological viability of ethanol continues, another fuel made from crops is becoming more available in the region. The Great Lakes...  Go to full article

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