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Steve Kuno faces a volatile oil market this winter.
Steve Kuno faces a volatile oil market this winter.

A "fuel jobber" in the middle of high prices

Snow is still just a rumor in the North Country. But the rising cost of heat isn't. Oil and natural gas prices could be double what they were last year. Homeowners are bracing for a budget-stretching winter. So are the people who deliver the oil. Most are small business owners caught in the middle between global oil traders and anxious customers. David Sommerstein profiles one oilman in St. Lawrence County.  Go to full article
Jane "Granny" Bashaw, Katie Cariffe, and Lee Ann Pierce fear this winter's high heating costs.
Jane "Granny" Bashaw, Katie Cariffe, and Lee Ann Pierce fear this winter's high heating costs.

North Country prepares for winter heating crisis

It's still plenty hot outside, but North Country residents are already bracing for the cold. Heating oil prices have almost doubled. Kerosene and natural gas are way up, too. People are scared. Local officials fear a season-long crisis, with people have to choose between eating and staying warm. Many communities are taking unprecedented steps to get prepared. David Sommerstein has the first of two reports.  Go to full article

Congress readies for high heating costs

Local, state and national leaders are trying to prepare for a coming storm of high heating costs this winter. Heating oil and natural gas are projected to rise from 20 to 40% over last year. Officials fear many people will have to choose between keeping warm and buying food or medicine. Later this week, we'll hear how local officials are preparing for what they say is a coming crisis. And we'll profile the owner of a local heating oil delivery company, caught between the high cost of oil and their customers' busted budgets. Today, we look at the situation in Washington. Congressman John McHugh supports two measures to provide assistance: more than doubling the amount of money available in the Heating Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and offering a tax credit to people who spend a lot on heat this winter. McHugh spoke with David Sommerstein.  Go to full article

Amtrak popularity climbs as gas prices rise

More people are riding the nation's passenger train system, Amtrak. It's to the point that mtrak doesn't have enough train car in some areas, and the trains are sold out. As Lester Graham reports, Amtrak has some other issues to sort out too.  Go to full article
Carp anglers on the St. Lawrence.
Carp anglers on the St. Lawrence.

High prices poach carp tourney

High prices are squeezing nearly every aspect of the North Country economy. That includes the stretch of the St. Lawrence River that's breeding tourism based on carp fishing. The 3rd Annual Specialist Tackle Carp Challenge kicks off this morning in Waddington, but with half the number of angler teams from last year. Peter Henwood is the CEO of Specialist Tackle and owns the Riverview Motel on Route 37. Carp fishing is much more popular in Europe than here in the U.S. He says high airfares and gas prices are keeping anglers away this year. Henwood told David Sommerstein tourism in general has been quieter on his stretch of the river.  Go to full article
Outdoor wood furnace in operation. Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology
Outdoor wood furnace in operation. Source: Washington State Dept. of Ecology

Outdoor furnaces taking the heat

Winter seems a long way off. But with the price of home heating oil and natural gas expected to continue to soar, North Country residents are already scrambling for cheaper ways to stay warm. Outdoor wood furnaces are an increasingly popular alternative because they can burn most any kind of wood. But tonight in Jefferson County, the village of Sackets Harbor may join a growing number of communities to restrict or ban them. As David Sommerstein reports, the smoke from outdoor furnaces can bother neighbors and pose a risk to human health and the environment.  Go to full article

The quicker, oily picker-upper

Researchers say they've created a special material that could be used to clean up oil spills someday. Rebecca Williams has more.  Go to full article
Then-Lt. Gov. Paterson led the Renewable Energy Task Force (NYS Photo, Feb. 25 2008)
Then-Lt. Gov. Paterson led the Renewable Energy Task Force (NYS Photo, Feb. 25 2008)

On environment, Gov. Paterson follows "a giant"

Former Governor Eliot Spitzer will be remembered for his accomplishments cleaning up Wall Street. But Spitzer was also a national crusader for environmental causes. As Attorney General, he sued coal-burning power plants and pushed the Federal EPA to adopt stricter clean-air laws. In his first year as Governor, Spitzer approved a huge land purchase in the Adirondack Park and fought a controversial power corridor project. As Governor David Paterson takes office, environmental activists say he has big shoes to fill. But they also say the Harlem Democrat has a strong track record pushing alternative energy and other green causes. Brian Mann has our story.  Go to full article

Oil companies serve up bio-diesel

For years, environmental activists have been demonstrating that you don't need gasoline to fuel a car. Some people have been retrofitting cars with diesel engines that can be powered by restaurant grease. But with the price of oil soaring in recent years bio-diesel's been getting more popular. Brad Linder reports that it's moving from a fuel for hobbyists to an energy alternative that's even getting the attention of oil companies.  Go to full article

Bush calls for lower Emissions

President Bush has called on federal agencies to develop an energy plan. He wants them to cut oil use and reduce vehicle emissions before he leaves office. But as Dustin Dwyer reports, some environmentalists are not impressed.  Go to full article

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