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Maps illustrate state-by-state power generation by source

Map from Reuters/S. Culp 30/05/2014. Data from EIA

John Deede | Shale Plays Media Google+ From a June 3rd Reuters Data Drive blog post written by Ben Walsh: Yesterday, the Obama administration announced a plan to reduce power plant emissions (from 2005 levels) by 30% by 2030. Reuters‘ Valerie Volvoici and Jeff Mason report that 38% of US power comes from coal, and that “states which rely heavily on coal-fired power plants are thought ...

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Scientists explore using trees to clean pollution

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By Ramit Plushnick-Masti FREEPORT, Texas (AP) — Before Houston and its suburbs were built, a dense forest naturally purified the coastal air along a stretch of the Texas Gulf Coast that grew thick with pecan, ash, live oak and hackberry trees. It was the kind of pristine woodland that was mostly wiped out by settlers in their rush to clear land ...

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Photo Gaffes Generate Attacks in Kentucky Campaign

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By BRUCE SCHREINER Associated Press Campaign photos showing a Greek power plant and a Ukrainian model posing as a coal miner have raised questions about the authenticity of the candidates’ pitches to voters in Kentucky’s hard-hitting Senate race. Accusations of misusing stock photos are flying between the campaigns of Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Democratic ...

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Solar power gains momentum after long struggle in Texas

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James Osborne | The Dallas Morning News Solar developers have eyed West Texas’ combination of cheap land and lack of cloud cover for years. Now vast swaths of ranch land have been optioned for the large-scale solar developments usually seen only in California. Already a solar farm more than three times the size of anything that currently exists in the ...

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Radioactivity in nuke plant water draws inspection

Millstone Nuclear Power Plant in Waterford, Conn. May 27th, 2011. Photo: Morgan Kaolian AEROPIX

Stephen Singer | Associated Press WATERFORD, Conn. — Federal regulators began an inspection of Connecticut’s nuclear power plant Monday, more than a week after a power failure forced both units to shut down and water was found to be slightly radioactive. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission announced it’s examining the response by Millstone Power Station to the May 25 outage that ...

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EDITORIAL: President Barack Obama’s tough love for the planet

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 The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel The Obama administration finally took the leadership role it needs to take on climate change when the Environmental Protection Agency announced a plan Monday to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 30% from 2005 levels by 2030. The plan won’t take final form until next year, but the administration has set the right target, ...

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Obama carbon rule gives states more time to comply

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By DINA CAPPIELLO and JOSH LEDERMAN, Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In a sweeping initiative to curb pollutants blamed for global warming, the Obama administration unveiled a plan Monday that cuts carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by nearly a third over the next 15 years, but pushes the deadline for some states to comply until long after President Barack Obama leaves ...

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Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

File: President Obama speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Josh Lederman | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children. “I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama said in his weekly ...

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Greenpeace activists removed from Arctic oil rig

Greenpeace in Libya , 2007. Photo by Salvatore Barbera Via Wikimedia Commons

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norwegian police have removed Greenpeace activists from an oil rig which they boarded two days ago in a protest against drilling in Arctic waters. Police said they removed the activists without incident early Thursday on a request from the Marshall Islands, the flag state of the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. The platform, operated by Norway’s Statoil, was ...

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Space-based power stations on the horizon

This computer graphic depicts a solar-power system in orbit around Earth, beaming energy to receiving antennas on the ground. While hurdles remain before space-based power generation becomes feasible, it could be a future power source. (JAXA)

By Mizuho Aoki | The Japan Times Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies in the hopes of erecting huge solar panels in ...

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