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2015: The Hottest Year In Recorded History

Scientists say global temperatures in 2015 were the hottest on record, smashing the 2014 record by a wide margin. What the warming of the planet could mean for weather patterns, climate policy, and hitting global temperature targets.

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Few Snowzilla Outages Reported As Pepco Powers Through

Despite the size and strength of the blizzard that struck the D.C. region over the weekend, there were only a handful of power outages. What does this strong performance mean for Pepco's proposed merger with Exelon?

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California Regulators Order Company To Permanently Close Leaking Gas Well

A well on the outskirts of LA has been spewing natural gas into the air for months. Once it's sealed off, regulators say, it can never be tapped again. Other new restrictions are also being imposed.
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$1.22 A Gallon: Cheap Gas Raises Fears Of Urban Sprawl

Gas prices in Columbus, Ohio, are among the lowest in the country. Drivers appreciate the savings, but anti-sprawl advocates say cheap gas doesn't help their cause.
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California Examines Safety Of Gas Wells Amid Methane Leak

New information has surfaced about conditions surrounding the broken gas storage well releasing methane in southern California. The powerful greenhouse gas has been escaping for three months. It turns out the well was being operated in a way some experts say leaves little margin of safety, and the state of California is now re-examining the practice.
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'Act Of God' Blamed By Energy Company For Decade-Old Oil Spill

An oil and gas company has spoken publicly for the first time on a decade-long oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico. Damage from Hurricane Ivan in 2004 toppled a production platform off the Louisiana coast.
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As Oil Plummets, Cheap Jet Fuel Means Better Travel Deals

Cheap oil doesn't just mean cheaper gas prices; it also means cheaper jet fuel. That's led to a big drop in airfares. It's good news for travelers — and for airlines, which have struggled for years.
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Batteries With A Less Fiery Future

Overheated lithium-ion batteries have been a problem for airplanes, cars and even "hoverboards." A chemical engineer at Stanford University thinks she has a solution to the problem.
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In Oklahoma, Low Energy Prices Drive State Budget Crisis

Low energy prices are good for consumers but bad for some businesses — and the states that rely on them. Oklahoma lawmakers say there may be a "revenue failure" soon. The state has a $900 million budget hole.
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Administration Announces Temporary Freeze On Federal Land Mining Leases

Last week, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell announced a moratorium on new coal leases on federal land while the department considers a comprehensive overhaul to the U.S. coal program.

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