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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.

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 mercury reductions. The Great Lakes Radio Consortium's Chuck Quirmbach reports.  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

Still No Price Spike Protection for NYS Energy Market

Officials at New York's power grid still haven't obtained permission they say is needed to prevent generators from manipulating the market.  Go to full article

Roll-Your-Own Blackout

David Sommerstein has the story behind a ubiquitous e-mail urging people to turn off the lights for a few hours Thursday night for a symbolic blackout, and the perspective of...  Go to full article

Greenhouse Gas Trading Tested in Great Lakes Region

The Great Lakes region will soon be the location of a pilot program for trading greenhouse gases. 25 companies in seven states are volunteering to reduce emissions and trade...  Go to full article

Energy Auditers Hone Skills on Canton Rectories

A record number of holiday travelers are expected on the road this Memorial Day weekend despite rising gasoline prices. Soaring oil and gas prices have sparked a renewed...  Go to full article

Assembly Democrats Have Their Own Energy Plan

There was feuding over the state's energy future at the capitol this week as Assembly Democrats released their own energy plan. Karen DeWitt reports.  Go to full article

Pataki Announces Power Authority Lands Return at Louisville

Governor Pataki was in Louisville, in St. Lawrence County yesterday to announce that the New York Power Authority will transfer 800 acres of land is owns back to local...  Go to full article

Zone Gas Pricing Ban Bill Introduced

A Rochester area state senator has introduced a bill to ban so-called zone pricing of gasoline. He says it's unfair to consumers, and held hearings recently on the proposed...  Go to full article

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