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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 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.
Jul 13, 2014 — Denton, Texas, is considering a ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, and a new study links this process of energy extraction with earthquakes. NPR's Arun Rath considers the risks with science writer Abrahm Lustgarten.
Jun 24, 2014 — The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.
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.
 

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.

New Acid Rain Plan Draws Mixed Reviews

On Earth Day, President George Bush visited the Adirondacks to talk about acid rain. Each year, power plants and factories in the Midwest spit out tons of pollution. Clouds of sulfur and mercury drift across the north country, sterilizing lakes and killing forests. The President says his new "clear skies" plan would revolutionize environmental law - ending acid rain, without crippling industry. Critics say the plan would allow heavy pollution to continue for decades. In this second of a three-part series on acid rain, Brian Mann looks at how the "clear skies" plan would work.  Go to full article

Coal Burning Power Plant Buys Out Angry Neighbors

Coal burning power plants in the Midwest are considered the number one cause of acid rain. Smokestacks pump out tons of sulfur and mercury that drifts north and east, poisoning Adirondack lakes and forests. The toxic pollution is also a threat to small towns that neighbor the power plants. Last summer, "blue clouds of sulfur gas" blanketed the village of Cheshire, Ohio. But rather than clean up their emissions, the utility company has agreed to a surprising solution. American Electric Power is buying the entire town for twenty million dollars. Natalie Walston explains.  Go to full article

Nuclear Waste To Set Sail on Great Lakes?

A proposal under consideration by the Bush Administration to ship nuclear waste across one of the Great Lakes is getting a cool response north of the border. As the Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Dan Karpenchuk reports, Canadian officials say they know nothing of the plan.  Go to full article

Bill Moore: Building a Wind Farm on the Tug Hill Plateau

David Sommerstein talks with Bill Moore, founder and principal of Atlantic Renewable Energy Corporation, about the present and future of wind-generated electricity. Moore is...  Go to full article

Plugging That Leaky House

Since September's terrorist attacks, and now with the current violence in the Middle East, many people are looking ways to reduce U.S. reliance on foreign oil.
...  Go to full article
Photo: Adirondack Daily Enterprise, Michele Buck

President Visits Adirondacks for Earth Day

President George Bush is scheduled to arrive at Lake Clear Airport later this morning. He'll spend Earth Day in the Adirondacks, helping to rebuild a trail and talking about...  Go to full article

EPA, GE May Work Together On Hudson Clean-up

After years of bitter fighting, General Electric and the Environmental Protection Agency are moving ahead with plans to dredge the Hudson River. GE is giving signs that it...  Go to full article

Special Report: Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge

The US Senate is expected to debate the country's energy plan this week. New York's senators oppose plans to drill for oil in Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. This...  Go to full article

Bacteria Could Power Environmental Monitoring Equipment

Bacteria that can eat pollution and generate electricity at the same time. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

Mixing Religion with Renewable Energy

President Bush is again promoting what many environmentalists view as an outdated energy plan, with an insufficient focus on renewable energy. Some may be surprised by who's...  Go to full article

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