U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon wants to kick-start a big initiative to double the share of renewable energy worldwide, make sure everyone on the planet has power, and cut in half the amount of wasted energy. But critics say the agenda in Rio is so bloated that it's unclear what can be accomplished.
The federal government promised almost 30 years ago to find a place to bury nuclear waste from power plants. It hasn't. So 70,000 tons of waste is piling up at power plants around the country, and a federal appeals court has told the government it needs to prove the temporary solution is truly safe.
The White House and military brass are calling for the development of alternative energy. One goal is cutting dependence on foreign sources. Another is reducing the carbon footprint of the largest fossil fuel consumer in the world. But now some on Capitol Hill are blocking the effort to green the military. Audie Cornish talks with Juliette Kayyem of the Boston Globe about the fight.
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