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Grid Power and the Death of the Automobile

Aug 22, 2012 at 12:39 | Gregor Macdonald

India’s recent series of power blackouts, in which 600 million people lost electricity for several days, reminds us of the torrid pace at which populations in the developing world…

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How the U.S. East Coast Just Dodged an Oil Supply Shut-Down

Aug 21, 2012 at 17:23 | Keith Schaefer

Last September, Sunoco and ConocoPhillips announced they would both close their Pennsylvania oil refineries. Roughly 330,000 barrels of oil are supplied through the Sunoco refinery in Philadelphia... every…

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The Real Reason Why the U.S. Military is Going Green

Aug 21, 2012 at 17:07 | Sohbet Karbuz

The U.S. military consumed almost 500 thousand barrels per day of oil at the end of the Cold War. In FY 2011, its oil consumption was down to 355 thousand…

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Fear Driving Energy Markets

Aug 20, 2012 at 14:57 | Daniel J. Graeber

Crude oil demand in the United States is down to its lowest level since the onset of the global economic recession. A lackluster economic recovery, coupled with cautious consumer sentiment,…

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Beyond the Conflict, Syria's Climate Realities

Aug 20, 2012 at 14:53 | Jen Alic

Half a decade of drought has forced the migration of 1.5 million rural residences to Syria’s urban centers, as the regime has paid little attention to water and agricultural issues, and…

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Weekly World Energy News Update - 18th August 2012

Aug 18, 2012 at 18:49 | Editorial Dept

After hitting a three-month high on Thursday, brent crude oil fell to around $114 on Friday after the US revealed it was considering the release of oil reserves to dampen…

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For How Long Can Society Bear the Costs of Industry's Toxic Pollution?

Aug 17, 2012 at 17:39 | Kurt Cobb

The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) stunned the nuclear industry last week by putting power plant licensing decisions on hold while it reconsiders rules on nuclear waste storage struck…

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We are Decades Away from a Cure for our Fossil Fuel Addiction

Aug 17, 2012 at 17:36 | Jen Alic

With natural gas prices low and supplies high, we are decades away from being able to wean ourselves off fossil fuels and move to renewable energy, but there is no…

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Solyndra Bankruptcy Pales in Comparison to Failed Military Projects

Aug 17, 2012 at 17:27 | Climate Progress

Yesterday the Air Force announced that its X-51 Scramjet Engine Demonstrator called the WaveRider — a hypersonic jet designed to travel up to 3,600 miles per hour — crashed…

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A Jack-in-the-Beanstalk Investment: Finding the Fracking Bean

Aug 17, 2012 at 17:00 | Editorial Dept

The drilling technology that makes the process of hydraulic fracturing possible depends on a special bean that is only grown in India in significant quantities and for which there was…

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