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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 16, 2014 — President Obama delivered a whirlwind news conference Wednesday, discussing a series of foreign policy issues from Afghanistan to Ukraine. Obama also announced a new round of sanctions against Russian banks, energy companies and individuals for what he sees as interference in Ukrainian affairs.
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.
 

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.

A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, part 2

Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most remote places on earth. The tundra plain also holds one of the last great deposits of crude oil in North America. If oil development goes forward in the Refuge, it could affect caribou and polar bears. But drilling would also reshape the lives of people who live and travel in the Arctic. Brian Mann spent a month Alaska this summer.  Go to full article

A Journey to Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, part 1

After the terror attacks on September 11, the US House of Representatives voted to open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to oil development. The plan is backed by President Bush, who says the oil would lessen America's reliance on the Middle East. The bill is stalled in the Senate. Democratic leaders say the measure would do little to foster energy independence. Many pro-environment groups claim that opening ANWR would destroy one of the world's great wilderness areas. Brian Mann traveled to the Arctic this summer and begins his special report.  Go to full article

Seaway Relicensing Process Wraps Up

A report from the last meeting of the group that's been negotiating with the New York Power Authority on conditions for relicensing the Moses Saunders hydro project--David Sommerstein has reactions to the experimental, collaborative process.  Go to full article

St. Lawrence River Towns Settle With NYPA

Town leaders along the St. Lawrence River approved a settlement Friday with the New York Power Authority as a part of its bid for a new license to operate its power dam near...  Go to full article

EPA Staff Meets with Environmental Groups on Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Environmental groups met Tuesday with top staff at the EPA to discuss a clean-up of the Hudson River. The talks follow earlier closed-door sessions between the agency and GE....  Go to full article

Lobbying Delays Hudson River PCB Cleanup

Lobbying continues in Washington DC over the Hudson River PCB cleanup. Brian Mann reports.  Go to full article

Authors: Stephen Doheny-Farina, The Grid and the Village

Martha Foley talks with Stephen Doheny-Farina, author of The Grid and the Village, about losing electricity, finding community and surviving disaster. His book is a...  Go to full article

Clean Energy Business Park Planned

Upstate New York will soon be the home of a clean energy business park. It'll be one of the first business parks in the U.S. specifically designed for companies that develop...  Go to full article

Ag Department Using More Farm Grown Fuels

The Department of Agriculture is expanding its use of alternative fuels generated by farms. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Lester Graham reports.  Go to full article

NYPA Relicensing Yet to Address Local Concerns

NYPA needs to submit its relicensing application to federal officials in October, but local interests still haven't offered their input. David Sommerstein reports.  Go to full article

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