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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.
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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.
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.

Environmentalists Worry Bush EPA May Bail Out on Acid Rain Suit

Cleaning up Adirondack air--will the Bush Administration help? David Sommerstein talks with John Sheehan of the Adirondack Council. Environmentalists are worried the Bush administration will withdraw from lawsuits against polluters in the Midwest blamed for acid rain in New York.  Go to full article

GM Works on Home Fuel Cell Technology

GM is working on a new, environmentally friendly way to power homes. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Bill Poorman reports.  Go to full article

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...  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

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