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Is wind the way to go?

Monday, September 08, 2008

As concerns over US oil consumption continues to rise – and heat up, on the campaign trail – Americans are looking to alternative energy sources to power our homes, our cars, and our lifestyles. Wind turbines have been heavily promoted in good-looking television ads, but the prospect of having turbines next door has made some people concerned about the noise and disruption. Today marks the last day for public comment on putting turbines far offshore, on the outer continental shelf.

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Three years later, thousands of Katrina victims are still without homes

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Three years after Hurricane Katrina slammed into the gulf coast; thousands of folks remain in trailers or are still homeless. The barriers to recovery are complex but the struggles exist for the poorest of folks, particularly in the area of housing and jobs. Sharon Hanshaw, a lifelong resident of Biloxi, Mississippi was and remains one of those thousands of Americans still struggling with recovery.

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North Dakota Oil Diary: "People around here need to be ready to change"

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

I drove from Minneapolis to Minot, North Dakota, this year as a late spring snowstorm was brewing. Interstate 94, near the state line, closed down and the two lane highways and farm roads snaking westward were covered in hard ice and occasional, demonic flurries of drifting snow. I concocted a route around the storm with some helpful farmers at a gas station. My car limped west then north, west then north, on a maze of empty back roads.

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Schools cutting bus service because of fuel costs

Monday, August 25, 2008

Rising gas prices are forcing school districts to cut back on school bussing of students. For many it means longer rides and longer walks. Still, in the world of heavy traffic, working parents and longer bus routes, the new reality fosters real thought and growing concern about safety.

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There are many lessons Katrina has for the nation, but have we learned them?

Monday, August 25, 2008

Times Picayune reporter Lolis Eric Elie says that Hurricane Katrina has lessons for the nation. From a frail infrastructure, to a flawed emergency response system, to a society divided along race and class lines, Katrina pulled back the curtain on issues that have long plagued the country. As we mark the third year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, we check in with Lolis Eric Elie on the state of New Orleans and what the nation can learn from this disaster.

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A crude awakening as oil companies see decreased production

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Guest: Jad Mouawad, The New York Times, covers the energy industry

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Smart grids: What it means to boost our electrical infrastructure’s IQ

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Five years ago today, a power outage blanketed states in the Northeast, Midwest and parts of Canada. Leaving 50 million in the dark, it was the largest blackout in North American history. The outage highlighted the fragility of our electricity system. And with energy demands rising, and economy in a slump and global warming fears taking center stage, "smart grid" technologies could provide solutions.

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Good news on food prices: Midwest farms doing better than expected post-flood

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Guest: Chad Hart, agricultural economist, Iowa State University, in Ames, Iowa

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Cleveland councilwoman Fannie M. Lewis, icon of inner-city rebuilding, dies at 82

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

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Shoppers and grocery stores both buying locally

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Look for new placards at your grocery store that say "local." More stores are catching on to food that's made close to home. In part, it's because of high oil prices, which make it harder to transport food, but it's also due to the curiosity of Americans who want to know where their food comes from. It's doesn't matter why: Local farmers know a boon when they see it.

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The key green energy job application question: How are you with heights?

Tuesday, August 05, 2008

Wind turbines are the coolest thing around. The only problem is, with so many wind turbines, qualified recruits are hard to find. Vestas, and other wind power companies, are hiring anyone who can climb a tower.

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A looming fuel crisis leads to a boon for North Dakotans

Friday, August 01, 2008

There’s an oil boom in North Dakota, and the wealth under ground is creating millionaires.

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Studio 360's Kurt Andersen marvels at the new, iconic buildings of Beijing

Friday, August 01, 2008

Kurt Andersen, writer and host of Studio 360, recently made his first trip to Beijing — and he was amazed by how familiar he felt. It wasn’t the language or the cuisine that brought to his mind the comforts of home — it was the buildings that said New York to him.

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The true value of oil

Thursday, July 31, 2008

It’s a battle over hearts and minds. And oil. Bush urged Congress to vote to on allowing oil drilling off American coastal waters, prompting spars over what’s causing fuel prices to rise. Democrats say it's speculators. Republicans say it’s all about demand.

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Deconstructing our infrastructure: One quarter of U.S. bridges need repairs

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

A year ago this Friday, Minnesota's I-35W Mississippi River bridge collapsed. Now a report released by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials says nearly a quarter of all bridges are in need of serious repair or should just be replaced altogether. With the need identified, who can pay for the repairs?

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The energy bill and gas price relief: Much ado, but nothing's been done

Friday, July 25, 2008

An energy bill that Democrats hoped would lower gas prices was killed by House Republicans yesterday. The bill would have tapped into 70 million barrels of oil the government has stockpiled in its Strategic Petroleum Reserve for emergencies. It's the fourth failed energy bill since June.

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The future of American oil could be in a small South Dakota farming community

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The solution to high gas prices may not be offshore drilling. For a remote community in South Dakota, the future is not farming, it's oil. Plans are underway to make Union County, S.D., home to the nation’s first new oil refinery in 30 years. The company behind the project bills the refinery as a "green energy center" and many local politicians support the plans, but it's a sore point for residents closest to the site.

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Investigative report: Hastiness in natural gas drilling jeopardizes local water

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The sharp rise in energy prices has pushed states to speed through legislation that allows companies to drill for gas. The potential for revenue is enormous, but what's the cost? WNYC's Ilya Marritz and ProPublica's Abrahm Lustgarten explain the potential environmental consequences of the rush for new energy as New York presses ahead with its plans to tap gas underneath the Catskill Mountains.

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Oil prices drop sharply for a second day because of inflation fears

Thursday, July 17, 2008

In an unusual turn, oil prices have dropped $10.58 over two days, a result of falling fuel demand, a rising consumer price index and signs of easing geopolitical tensions, including a historic meeting between U.S. and Iranian officials in Switzerland.

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A bold announcement on offshore drilling brings little relief to drivers

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Gas prices are still soaring, pressuring President Bush to lift an executive ban on offshore drilling. The action has no practical effect unless Congress follows suit, but the political payoff is clear: the president says drilling will increase domestic oil production and help drive down prices — Congress is holding it up. Where else is there oil to be had?

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