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Chu Discusses Solyndra Controversy

On Thursday, Energy Secretary Steven Chu will answer congressional questioning over the handling of a large federal loan guarantee made to the solar energy company Solyndra. The California-based company was to be the first of many American green technology innovators to receive support from the U.S. government. Two years later, Solyndra went belly-up. Melissa Block speaks with Chu about the scrutiny he is now facing over his support of the company.
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Solar Landfill To Power Local Elementary School

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Solar panels installed on a former landfill in Howard County, Maryland are expected to generate 90 percent of the electricity used by a neighboring elementary school.

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Virginia Power Plant Restarts Operations

A nuclear power plant in Virginia has been given the green light to re-start operations, after shutting down due to damage from the earthquake last August.

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Virginia's Offshore Battle: Wind Vs. Oil Drilling

Comparing advocates' claims when it comes to offshore drilling versus offshore wind power in Virginia.

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Feds Delay Decision On Pipeline Project

The State Department is delaying a decision for at least a year on whether to approve the Keystone pipeline. The $7 billion pipeline would carry oil from the tar sands of Alberta, Canada, through the U.S. to Gulf of Mexico refineries. Nebraska's state government and environmental groups have put intense pressure on the State Department and White House to reject the pipeline's proposed route. NPR's Richard Harris talks with Robert Siegel about the project.
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Final Keystone Pipeline Decision Delayed

The State Department has ordered the developer of a pipeline that would carry oil from western Canada to Texas to reroute it from environmentally sensitive areas of Nebraska, possibly delaying a final U.S. decision until after the 2012 election.
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'Power For The Planet': Company Bets Big On Fusion

Inventor Michael Laberge is building a machine that aims to generate electricity through nuclear fusion — the same process that powers the sun. His goal is "insanely ambitious": He thinks he can do it using a much cheaper approach than that used by existing multibillion-dollar fusion labs.

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