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Drilling Boom Strains State Regulatory Agencies

Cash-strapped states are embracing the millions of dollars in new tax revenue coming from shale oil and gas development. But there aren't enough inspectors to make sure the sites aren't polluting. The problem seems especially apparent in Colorado, which now has more than 47,000 active oil and gas wells but the state employs just 17 inspectors.
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Dominion To Offer Energy Efficiency Programs

Dominion Virginia Power has been given the green light to move forward with several energy-efficiency and demand-reduction programs, which will help customers save money over time.


White House Unveils New Fracking Regulations

The Interior Department released new rules for companies that drill on federal or tribal lands.

Is Thorium A Magic Bullet For Our Energy Problems?

As the search for cheap, safe and non-carbon emitting sources of energy continues, a band of scientists say the answer may be nuclear reactors fueled by thorium. Others caution that thorium reactors pose waste and proliferation risks. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the pros and cons of thorium reactors.

ExxonMobil: A 'Private Empire' On The World Stage

In Private Empire, investigative journalist Steve Coll explains how ExxonMobil has used its money and power to wield significant influence in Washington, D.C., concerning issues like climate change.
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Montgomery County Businesses Decry Energy Tax Extension

Businesses and other constituents in Montgomery County are asking the county council to nix a plan to extend an energy tax hike indefinitely.


With Purchase, Delta May Revive Ailing Pa. Refinery

Delta Airlines has decided to do something about high gas prices. The company is buying a refinery. The airline plans to hold down its jet fuel bills and claims the refinery will pay for itself in one year.