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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.
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Wind Power in the North Country
NCPR reporter David Sommestein looks at the rise of wind power development in the region and its opponents.
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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.
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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.
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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.

Improved Ethanol Production Technique Could Be Boon to Farm Economy

Government researchers may have found a cheaper way to produce ethanol. That could become a major boon to Midwest farmers. Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Jonathan Ahl reports.  Go to full article

Heat Wave Spurs Power Generation and Conservation Planning

This week's heat wave has revived talk of the larger issues of the need for new power plants and permanent conservation efforts. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Spitzer: Don't Weaken Clean Air Act

New York's Attorney General says plans by the EPA to possibly weaken the Clean Air Act for rules on power plant emissions would be a mistake and could lead to increased acid rain and asthma in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Power Grid Groans Under Heat Wave Load

New York's power supply is expected to break a new record peak level today as the hot weather saps energy from the power grid. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Special Report: Drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Oil drilling in the Alaska National Wildlife Refuge is at the top of the agenda in Congress and at the White House. Brian Mann recently returned from a trip there, where he...  Go to full article

Upper Hudson PCB Dredging: Advocates and Opponents, Part 2

The EPA is just one month away from issuing a final decision on whether to undertake a massive dredging project on the Hudson River. Karen Dewitt spoke to residents along the...  Go to full article

Homeowners Sue GE Over Toxic Fill

A group of homeowners near the upper Hudson are suing GE, claiming PCBs dumped on their property made them sick. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Wisconsin Weighs Power Plant Mercury Emission Limits

Several states are considering ways to reduce emissions from coal-burning power plants. Wisconsin could become the first state in the nation to issue rules requiring large...  Go to full article

Brian Mann: Rafting in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

Martha Foley talks with Brian Mann, who just returned from a rafting trip in Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.  Go to full article

Power Plant Siting Legislation Passed

New legislation to makes it easier to find places to build new power plants in New York. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

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