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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.

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The Takeaway

The Royal Family You Should Be Watching

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

While Britain's new princess dominates the headlines, a quiet shake-up in another prominent royal family has much bigger consequences for the U.S. and the Middle East. 

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Morning Edition

The Future Of Massachusetts' Offshore Wind Farm Is Uncertain

Wednesday, May 06, 2015

Officials in Massachusetts bet big on wind energy, sinking $113 million into a waterfront terminal designed to serve the new industry off the New England coast. But Cape Wind is all but dead.

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

Friday, May 01, 2015

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.

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All Things Considered

Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

Sunday, April 26, 2015

The state is accustomed to tornadoes and severe weather. But since 2008, there's been a surge of quakes — linked to oil and gas drilling.

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Morning Edition

Oklahomans Feel Way More Earthquakes Than Californians; Now They Know Why

Thursday, April 23, 2015

The U.S. Geological Survey issues a report Thursday on quakes linked to oil and gas drilling, but Oklahoma has said that the industry's wastewater disposal is the cause. What's unknown is a solution.

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All Things Considered

Researchers Fly Over Shale Fields To Study Air Pollution

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

This month, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is flying an airborne research lab over oil and gas producing states.

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Morning Edition

Solar Power Makes Electricity More Accessible On Navajo Reservation

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

The panels, funded by government grants, are helping thousands of tribal residents take advantage of the everyday luxuries enjoyed by other Americans — like turning on lights or storing food.

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All Things Considered

In Northwest, A Push To Protect Forest As Geothermal Projects Near

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Forest Service is set to open more than 80,000 acres for clean, renewable geothermal power in Washington state. But environmentalists are worried about damage to streams and old-growth forests.

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Morning Edition

India, China Seek To Capitalize On Nepal's Water Wealth

Friday, April 17, 2015

China and India are each spending billions of dollars on infrastructure, especially hydroelectric dams, in Nepal. Steve Inskeep talks to journalist Donatella Lorch about what China and India want.

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U.S. Predicted To Be Net Energy Exporter In Next Decade; First Time Since 1950s

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Citing a boom in natural gas and shifts in demand, the Energy Information Administration says the U.S. could stop being a net energy importer "sometime between 2020 and 2030."

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Morning Edition

In Pennsylvania, Employment Booms Amid Oil And Natural Gas Bust

Monday, April 13, 2015

While lower oil and natural gas prices are great for the wallet, they've led to layoffs. NPR visits Pennsylvania's Marcellus Shale region, which is still seeing growth in high-paying natural gas jobs.

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Morning Edition

How Solar Power Has Gotten So Cheap, So Fast

Friday, April 10, 2015

Solar power has long been seen as something that's coming in the future — a promising technology that's just too expensive for widespread use. In the past few years, that has started to change.

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All Things Considered

In Jamaica, Obama Announces Plan To Diversify Caribbean Energy

Thursday, April 09, 2015

President Obama is in Jamaica, where the U.S. is trying to gain influence in the region by using a powerful tool — energy.

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Morning Edition

Obama To Address Caribbean's 'Economic Achilles' Heel' — Energy

Thursday, April 09, 2015

The president meets with Caribbean leaders in Jamaica Thursday — and a looming energy crunch in the region is high on the list.

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All Things Considered

Shell's Big Deal Could Shift Global Landscape Of Gas Business

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Royal Dutch Shell plans to spend nearly $70 billion to acquire natural gas giant BG Group. The deal, if approved, would create the world's largest independent producer of liquefied natural gas.

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Royal Dutch Shell's $70 Billion Deal For BG Would Create Gas Giant

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

The deal would put Shell on track to surpass ExxonMobil as the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas company. It comes as global oil prices have dropped sharply.

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Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me!

Large Hadron Collider Goes Back Online After 2-Year Hiatus

Sunday, April 05, 2015

The giant particle accelerator at CERN, near Geneva, Switzerland, underwent a number of upgrades, including a doubling of the energy with which it can smash protons together.

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A Leap Forward In The Science Of Human Locomotion

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Researchers at Nevada State University have discovered a surprising truth about the most efficient way to travel on two legs.

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Major Power Outage Darkens Dozens Of Cities In Turkey

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

The outage halted public transportation and shuttered business across much of Turkey. An investigation is underway to determine the cause of the country's blackout, the biggest in 15 years.

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