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Groups to EPA: Stop muzzling science advisers


Dina Cappiello | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Journalist and scientific organizations accused the Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday of attempting to muzzle its independent scientific advisers by directing them to funnel all outside requests for information through agency officials. In a letter Tuesday, groups representing journalists and scientists urged the EPA to allow advisory board members to talk directly ...

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Military lets the sun shine with clean energy program to cut costs, upgrade security


Dave Flessner | Chattanooga Times/Free Press The world’s most powerful military is trying to use less power, at least from conventional, vulnerable means. The U.S. Army, Navy and Marines are turning to the sun, the wind and simple conservation to cut the military’s $21 billion annual energy bill and to limit the need for costly fuel shipments around the globe. ...

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Why support the Clean Power Plan? Testimony from the EPA hearings

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Peter Hobbs | Breaking Energy Across the country this week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held public hearings to solicit comments about its Clean Power Plan, which will put the first-ever national limits on the amount of climate pollution that can be emitted by power plants. EDF’s president, a senior attorney, and a clean energy specialist were among the ...

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U.S. Geothermal profits heat up

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Zach Kyle | The Idaho Statesman Six months of retirement was enough for Dennis Gilles. He took overseas trips he’d had no time for in 23 years as an executive at California energy company Calpine Corp. He tinkered with his 1967 Ford Mustang at his home in Sonoma County. But drinks by the pool got old. He was bored. So ...

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Google, nonprofit map gas leaks in U.S. cities


Anya Litvak | Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Those Google Street View cars aren’t just taking pictures of your house. They’re also sniffing your sidewalks for gas. In three U.S. cities, Google cars roamed over the past year equipped with sensors to record methane leaks from utility pipes. The Environmental Defense Fund, a New York nonprofit that advocates for environmental issues, partnered with ...

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3D printing: “The genesis of the 3rd industrial revolution”


Lydia Gilbertson | Shale Plays Media Google+ 3D printing, or additive manufacturing, is the most up-and-coming and probably fastest-developing technological advance in decades. However, the vast majority of Americans don’t know exactly how it works or what affect it will have on the world around us. I recently sat down with Fargo 3D Printing gurus John Schneider and Jake Clark, ...

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Universities focus more on clean energy sources

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Laura Arenschield | The Columbus Dispatch In the past, colleges and universities “went green” by holding recycling challenges or encouraging students to turn down their air conditioners when the days got a little too sultry. But sorting cans from bottles will only get you so far. To make real changes, university leaders realized, they needed to change the fundamental ways ...

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Fracking study finds new gas wells leak more

This July 27, 2011 file photo shows a farmhouse in the background framed by pipes connecting pumps where the hydraulic fracturing process in the Marcellus Shale layer to release natural gas was underway at a Range Resources site in Claysville, Pa. (Keith Srakocic, AP)

Seth Borenstein | The Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — In Pennsylvania’s gas drilling boom, newer and unconventional wells leak far more often than older and traditional ones, according to a study of state inspection reports for 41,000 wells. The results suggest that leaks of methane could be a problem for drilling across the nation, said study lead author Cornell University ...

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Exclusive: U.S. energy venture says its refineries would produce export-ready fuel

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By Patrick Rucker WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Quantum Energy Inc <QEGY.PK>, a U.S. energy venture, intends to build a network of “micro refineries” that would produce fuel fit for export, an executive said on Friday. The Williston, North Dakota, enterprise plans to build five “micro refineries” near railheads that would house facilities to strip natural gas, refine liquid fuels and recapture carbon ...

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Obama: Climate change steps making a difference


WASHINGTON (AP) — Appealing for patience and perseverance from environmental activists, President Barack Obama claimed progress Wednesday in his second-term drive to combat climate change but said more must be done to address a generational problem. One year after unveiling an aggressive plan, Obama said new emissions limits on power plants, renewable energy projects and new incentives for green technology ...

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