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  • Energy Voices How 'green' is your power?

    Many states and their destination cities have reasons to re-think how they are powered, Warren writes. The least costly energy fuel source may have other costs imposed upon their citizens, economy, and environmental assets. A recent report breaks down the US electricity mix.

  • Derecho threat: Storms batter Midwest with wind, hail

    A violent weather system – threatening a severe event called a derecho – moved through the Midwest Wednesday dumping hail and rain. Some 12 million people in four states live in the area at high risk of the storms and a potential derecho, according to the National Weather Service.

  • Energy Voices What a bad economy means for gasoline demand

    Weak economic growth in the US has led to a dramatic decline in motor gasoline demand, Gagliardi writes. Not only has gasoline demand been weak since 2009, it has been successfully lower roughly each year to year the date in 2013.

  • Energy Voices Keystone XL: the 'Kim Kardashian of energy'?

    Keystone XL plays an outsize role in US energy discourse, earning the nickname "the Kim Kardashian of energy" from one US senator. But Keystone XL serves as an important touchstone for both its supporters and detractors. 

  • Energy Voices In Amish country, trading fracking rights for a pittance

    Some energy companies are offering Amish farmers in eastern Ohio a pittance to drill on their land, according to an article in the New Republic. The problem is that once the farmers realise that they have signed away their land for a mere fraction of its real worth, Burgess writes, they are unable to sue in court because their religion does not permit lawsuits.

  • Royal Gorge fire forces prisoner evacuation (+video)

    Royal Gorge fire destroys three structures near Canon City, Colo., and spurs evacuation of 900 at a state prison. Besides the Royal Gorge fire, three other Colorado wildfires have destroyed dozens of homes and force thousands to flee.

  • Energy Voices Gas stations on the front lines of an ethanol war

    A Kansas gas station tries to sell a high-ethanol blend of gasoline (E15), but runs into an obstacle from its supplier. Is this really evidence of a war on E15? 

  • Energy Voices EIA: World has more shale oil and gas, but will it drill?

    Shale oil and gas have revitalized the US energy industry and could do the same abroad, a new EIA report suggests. But oil and gas drilling will depend more so on market forces, than on geologic facts. 

  • Bloomberg details NYC plan to combat climate change (+video)

    New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg laid out a multimillion dollar plan Tuesday to guard New York City against storms and the effects of global warming. Fueled by Superstorm Sandy last fall, the sweeping proposals for New York represent a sizeable step up in scale and urgency for Mayor Bloomberg.

  • Energy Voices Sanctions won't stop Pakistan from Iran natural gas

    Pakistan is looking to Iran natural gas to help resolve its ongoing energy woes, Graeber writes. Tightened US sanctions on Iran's energy sector doesn't seem to deter Pakistan's pursuit for a natural gas pipeline to Iran. 

  • Global warming: Not too late to rein in climate change, group says

    The International Energy Agency urges governments to take interim steps to reduce emissions even before a hoped-for climate treaty, saying aggressive measures can still limit global warming.

  • Energy Voices China: how to rev up a clean-energy laggard

    Is the global push for renewables in vain if China lags behind? A new report on global emissions suggests as much, but hope for a clean-energy future is not all lost. Many see last week's US-China agreement on curbing hydrofluorocarbons as a step in the right direction.

  • Energy Voices EPA biofuel rule: why it needs reform

    We are in a far better position now to consider scaling back our use of ethanol produced from grain biofuel than we were when the EPA biofuel rule was established, Styles writes. With shale gas, tight oil and various renewables, the energy scarcity that has defined our policies for the last four decades is far less relevant to our policy choices going forward.

  • Energy Voices World's largest coal company taps solar power

    Coal India, the largest coal mining company in the world will invest in the installation of solar PV panels in an attempt to reduce energy bills and cut costs, according to The company will build a 2 megawatt solar plant which will have the potential to be scaled up to supply excess electricity to the grid.

  • Deer Doritos bag: Police save fawn from snacks

    Deer Doritos bag is no more. Police in Florida discovered a deer with its entire head stuck in a bag of Doritos, late Saturday evening, but the deer Doritos bag was removed without a struggle.

  • Energy Voices The 'Mad Men' of fossil fuels

    There is nothing particularly 'mad' about the role of advertising in society, Cobb writes, and it should really be looked upon as the logical conclusion of the long process of rationalizing modern economic life – a type of economic life which arose simultaneously with the widespread use of fossil fuels.

  • Energy Voices In global climate change fight, what can we learn from Kyoto?

    Nations across the world continue to grapple with how to address climate change, and there have been some tough lessons learned since the Kyoto Protocol, first adopted in 1997. David Shorr, a program officer at the Stanley Foundation, talks about the future of climate treaties in an interview with

  • California nuclear plant to shut: a case of unforgiving nuclear economics

    Southern California Edison is shutting the remaining two reactors at San Onofre, citing high repair costs and an NRC ruling that the utility says would delay reactor restarts.

  • Top 10 states for clean tech

    Clean Edge, a clean-tech research and advisory firm based in San Francisco and Portland, has ranked states for their leadership in clean tech. Here are its Top 10 picks:

  • Energy Voices What caused Indiana's sudden spike in gas prices?

    Gas prices in Indiana skyrocketed well above the national average this week. The sudden, localized surge of gas prices was the result of a "perfect storm of refinery outages."

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