If Supplies Of Oil Are Up, Why Is Gas Still Pricey?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Supplies of oil have been surging this year, and U.S. drivers, who have been switching to more fuel-efficient cars, are using less gasoline. That would seem to be the right economic combination to push down prices at the pump, but gasoline prices have remained stubbornly high this summer.


Calif. Wonders About Energy Future After Nuclear Plant Closes

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer is almost here — and in California that means it's the season to worry about rolling blackouts. There's even more cause for concern this year. The San Onofre nuclear power plant is shutting down for good. It's been off-line for more than a year after a pipe was found leaking radioactive steam. When fully operational, San Onofre produced power for more than a million homes.



Watts For Lunch? (Or Why Humans Are Like Light Bulbs)

Monday, June 10, 2013

Take a bunch of broccoli, or make it a Slurpee, burger, pizza and fries, swallow, and ask yourself, "How much energy did I just consume?" Enough to light a flashlight? Run an electric toothbrush? If I were a lunch-eating light bulb, how long would I glow? Here's the answer.

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California Nuclear Plant Slated For Permanent Shut Down

Friday, June 07, 2013

The plant's twin reactors went offline last year because of a small radiation leak, and the operator has been unable to get approval to restart them.


The Leonard Lopate Show

The World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs

Monday, June 03, 2013

Many experts agree that energy is the defining issue of this century. Ecologist Eric Sanderson explores the interconnections between oil and money, cars and transportation, and suburbs and land use. In Terra Nova: The New World After Oil, Cars, and Suburbs he charts a path toward renewed economic growth, enhanced national security, revitalized communities, and a sustainable environment.

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Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

Thursday, May 30, 2013

The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.


Natural Gas Export Plan Unites Oregon Landowners Against It

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

The natural gas industry wants to export more of its commodity, but first it has to build infrastructure. In Oregon, companies want to build a 230-mile pipeline and an export terminal on the coast. Some welcome the new jobs, but others worry about environmental consequences.


Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution

Monday, May 20, 2013

California is about to become the first state to require shore power at its ports. A new law mandates at least half of a shipping line's fleet to shut down their diesel engines and plug into shore-side electric power when they unload their cargo. It's part of a larger effort to cut pollution at the state's busiest ports, but costs have been a sticking point.


First U.S. Company To Enter Export Market For Natural Gas

Friday, May 17, 2013

With supplies high and prices at historic lows, there's debate whether U.S. companies should be allowed to export the gas overseas for a higher price. Many energy companies have applied for government approval to ship liquefied natural gas worldwide. So far, only one company has gotten a license to do that in the past 30 years..


Cape Cod Community To Vote On Status Of Wind Turbines

Friday, May 17, 2013

In the Cape Cod community of Falmouth, voters will decide if two, town-owned wind turbines will be taken down. Dozens have complained of headaches, insomnia and other issues since the first turbine started spinning in 2010.


Huge Boost In U.S. Oil Output Set To Transform Global Market

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The International Energy Agency says U.S. shale output and petroleum from Canada's tar sands are transforming global energy markets.


India, China Could Soon Demand More Oil Than U.S. And Europe

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The United States has emerged as the star performer on the global oil scene, according to the latest oil outlook from the International Energy Agency. Oil production from the United States grew at a record pace last year for a non-OPEC nations. Meanwhile, emerging economies have become the big oil buyers.


Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans for the world's deepest offshore oil and gas production facility. It will be nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. It is testing the bounds of the oil and gas industry's capability to drill ever deeper.


EPA: Tar Sands Pipelines Should Be Held To Different Standards

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Up until now, the U.S. has had the same rules for all oil pipelines. But the EPA says pipelines that carry tar sands oil, like the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, should have special standards. That's because tar sands oil spills can release harmful air pollution and are vastly more difficult to clean up than conventional oil spills.


Could An 'Artificial Leaf' Fuel Your Car?

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Right now, solar panels make electricity. But a team of engineers in California wants to take solar energy one step further. They're trying to create a device that uses sunlight to make a liquid fuel that goes in our gas tanks.


Natural Gas Gives Maine Paper Plant A Competitive Edge

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Energy companies are using a drilling technique known as fracking to extract natural gas underground. Many people raise questions about the environmental impact, but there is no doubt fracking has produced lots of natural gas and driven down the price. That has led energy-hungry manufacturers to build plants in fracking hot spots like Texas and Pennsylvania. But even in old factories — far from the drilling or even the pipelines — cheap natural gas is providing a competitive edge.


This Building Is Supergreen. Will It Be Copied?

Monday, April 22, 2013

The Bullitt Foundation's new Seattle headquarters, billed as the world's "greenest" building, is designed to be entirely self-sustaining. The developers hope it can inspire others to build this way.


America Abroad

America Abroad: Global Energy and Innovations

Friday, April 12, 2013

Broadcast Times: Friday, 11pm on AM 820, Saturday, 6am on 93.9FM, Saturday, 2pm on AM820 and Sunday, 8pm on AM820.

In "Global Energy and Innovations," we'll hear how the energy community has debated the need for a balance between oil, gas, and renewables here at home. We'll hear how India and China, with their own booming populations and increasing energy needs, are planning out their own energy needs. And we'll hear how energy technologies being developed at MIT are shaping future technologies, which are being exported to, of all places, the oil-rich Middle East.


Two Centuries Of Energy In America, In Four Graphs

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

A brief history of America, as seen through energy sources — from wood to nuclear power, and beyond.


How We Use Energy: Then And Now

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

We've become more energy efficient in the last five decades, but what does that mean for total energy use? The answer, in two graphics.