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The Secret to Solar Power

Harnessing the power of the sun has been a dream for generations. But fossil fuels still have a virtual monopoly on energy production and vehicular power, and enhanced access to domestic natural gas has made it extremely economical and more popular than ever for generating electricity. The failure of Solyndra cast a shadow over the commercialization of solar power in America, but the Chinese continue to see ...

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The high cost of closing Indian Point

Environmentalists have long had safety concerns about Indian Point, but so far no one has come up with a viable alternative to replace the power it produces. August 8, 2012 Gov. Cuomo has repeatedly said he wants to close down Indian Point, the 2,083-megawatt nuclear plant 35 miles north of Midtown. He may have the leverage to do it — but he’d better look at the costs before he does. Indian Point provides a ...

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Fracking Linked To Methane In Flammable Drinking Water For First Time In Scientific Study

July 9, 2011 For the first time, a scientific study has linked natural gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing with a pattern of drinking water contamination so severe that some faucets can be lit on fire. The peer-reviewed study, published today in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, stands to shape the contentious debate over whether drilling is safe and begins to fill an information gap th ...

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Save Energy, Win a Prize

July 23, 2012 Utility companies are trying to use social media, competitive games and Big Brother-style data analysis to persuade customers to use less electricity. More: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/24/business/in-energy-conservation-utilities-focus-on-bragging-rights.html?smid=pl-share ...

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Biofuel from Plastic for this Young Egyptian Scientist from Alexandria

July 16, 2012 A sixteen-year-old Egyptian student, Azza Abdel Hamid Faiad from the Zahran Language School in Alexandria has identified a new low-cost catalyst which can generate biofuel by breaking down plastic waste. The idea of breaking down plastic polymers into fuel feedstocks, the bulk raw material used for producing biofuel , is not a new idea. But Faiad has found a high yield catalyst, aluminosilicat ...

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Boom and Bust in Western Colorado

Western Colorado Struggles as Energy Jobs Fade Energy jobs have flowed to Wyoming, Texas and Pennsylvania, transforming those regions, but in Meeker, Colo., an area rich in oil shale and natural gas, the boom has dried up. Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/29/us/energy-boom-turns-to-bust-in-colorado.html?smid=pl-share ...

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EXXON CEO Acknowledges — and Dismisses — Global Warming

Rising sea levels? Climate shifts? Agriculture? Ports and beaches? "We have spent our entire existence adapting. We'll adapt," he said. "It's an engineering problem and there will be an engineering solution." What do you think? Exxon's CEO: Climate, energy fears overblown By JONATHAN FAHEY Associated Press – Wed, Jun 27, 2012 4:06 PM EDT NEW YORK (AP) — ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson says fears about climate ...

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Economic Hope — or Environmental Nightmare?

It's hard to know what to think.  Conservatives dismiss the environmental dangers of fracking (hydraulic fracturing) and other technologies to extract natural gas from rock formations, but extol their economic benefits.  Liberals tend to downplay the economic potential but fear the damage to the environment.  Here's a pro-exploration piece. Economic hope — if Cuomo acts By ABBY W. SCHACHTER President Obama’ ...

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