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U.S. Solar Industry Sees Growth, But Also Some Uncertainty

Monday, January 19, 2015

The solar industry employs nearly 174,000 workers in the U.S., up 22 percent from a year ago. But the industry's future is murky, as government subsidies are set to expire within two years.

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Falling Oil Prices Have North Dakota Migrants Rethinking The Boom

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Falling oil prices are leading to a slow down in drilling. And that means workers are rethinking the long commutes they've been making for once-steady, good-paying jobs.

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New EPA Guidelines Limit Methane Release From Drilling

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

The rules are mostly voluntary, which disappoints environmental groups, but they should ratchet down the amount of leaked methane from new or modified oil and gas operations, which contributes to climate change.

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Morning Edition

In Louisiana, Cheaper Gas Can Pump People Full Of Anxiety

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

When oil prices dropped in the 1980s, Louisiana was hit hard. The impacts of this latest drop have yet to be fully felt, but the City of New Orleans is more resilient this time.

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Morning Edition

Auto Industry Challenged By Falling Gas Prices

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

The over reliance on sales of pickups and SUVs helped push U.S. automakers into bankruptcy several years ago. Will Detroit be better prepared for when energy prices start climbing again?

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Morning Edition

'Kings When It's Good': Oklahoma Braces For Possible Crude Crash

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Big-energy states are hoping the cheap oil is just a blip. In Oklahoma, the head of a catering firm delivering food to oil field workers worries that "$40-a-barrel oil? It's going to shut everything."

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Nebraska Ruling On Pipeline Could Be A Blow To TransCanada

Friday, January 09, 2015

The Senate is set to vote on the Keystone XL pipeline although President Obama has vowed to veto it. What does Nebraska's Supreme Court ruling allowing the pipeline to proceed mean for those involved?

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Future Of Keystone XL Pipeline Back In Obama's Hands

Friday, January 09, 2015

The U.S. House passed legislation to approve the pipeline on Friday and the Senate is expected to take up the issue in coming weeks. President Obama has threatened a veto. In the meantime, a legal challenge over the route the pipeline would take through Nebraska has been resolved — for now.

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House OKs Keystone XL Pipeline Despite Obama Veto Threat

Friday, January 09, 2015

The vote came hours after Nebraska's Supreme Court cleared the way for the controversial pipeline. The GOP-controlled Senate is also considering legislation to approve the pipeline.

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Morning Edition

Environmentalists Push To Keep Canadian Crude In The Ground

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Many groups that oppose the Keystone XL pipeline also want, more broadly, to stop pollution-heavy extraction of crude from Canada's oil sands. They point to canceled or delayed projects as success.

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Morning Edition

Nebraska Residents Weary Of Keystone XL Pipeline Debate

Thursday, January 08, 2015

As Congress and the president go toe to toe on the Keystone XL pipeline, that battle is resonating across oil country and especially in Nebraska, the state at the center of the controversial project.

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Morning Edition

Will Low Oil Prices Affect Debate Over Keystone KL Pipeline?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Oil prices continue their slide, falling below $50 a barrel. Does the slump factor into the debate over building the Keystone Pipeline which would carry oil from western Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast?

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All Things Considered

Cape Cod's Offshore Wind Project In Jeopardy

Wednesday, January 07, 2015

A controversial offshore wind project under development in Cape Cod has lost both of the buyers for its power. Without financing, Cape Wind is missing deadlines to deliver.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Gets Another Chance With New Congress

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

With the new Congress sworn in and the GOP in charge, votes to advance the Keystone XL Pipeline are the first order of business.

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Obama Will Veto Keystone XL Legislation, White House Says

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The House, which has a Republican majority, is expected to vote on the controversial pipeline this week. The GOP-dominated Senate is considering a similar measure, which has bipartisan support.

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The Takeaway

Alaska Feels the Pinch From Falling Oil Prices

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

Last week, the downward plunge in oil prices prompted Alaska Governor Bill Walker to stop six high-profile spending projects because of a $3.5 billion dollar budget deficit.

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The Takeaway

This Land is Your Land

Tuesday, January 06, 2015

The D.C. power shift is putting pressure on the amount of public land controlled by government. Leading the charge is the new House Natural Resources Committee chair, Rep. Rob Bishop.

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Crude Oil Dips Under $50 A Barrel, A Price Last Seen In 2009

Monday, January 05, 2015

In the U.S., the average cost of a gallon of regular gasoline has fallen some $1.20 since June, according to AAA. The drop is linked to both OPEC's boosted production and a stronger dollar.

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Utilities Fight For Revenue Lost To Solar Power

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Solar energy had a banner year in 2014, but as more U.S. households make their own electricity, they're paying electric utilities less. Utility companies across the nation are fighting back.

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Congress Could Find Energy Compromise With Hydropower

Friday, January 02, 2015

With the Republicans in the majority in both the House and Senate in Washington, there will be changes in energy policy in the next few years. Republicans are pledging to approve the Keystone XL pipeline and to delay or derail the Obama administration's clean air proposals.

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