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Consider This: Promoting Renewable Energy

Big news stories seemed to have followed one upon the other in recent weeks, with a result that our attention to each is relatively short-lived. There was the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, the uprisings in Egypt and Libya, the huge stories about the death of Osama bin Laden, followed by the record floodings in large parts of our country.

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Rockville Neighbors Lament Loss Of Trees

Update: An earlier version of this story stated Columbia Gas Transmission did not respond to a request for comment. In fact, the company returned the call later in the day.

A shaded neighborhood in Rockville, Md., is getting a lot less leafy, as a gas company chops down dozens of trees above a gas line that runs under residents' properties.

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Maryland Sets Reliability Standards For Utility Companies

In Maryland, Gov. Martin O'Malley has signed legislation into law that establishes relability standards for utility companies that operate in the state.

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Commentary By Rev. Jered Weber-Johnson: Weatherization Means Jobs

The joblessness rate in D.C.'S Ward 7 is 16.4 percent; in Ward 8 it's more than 24 percent, according District estimates. Commentator the Reverend Jered Weber-Johnson -- pastor at St. Alban's Episcopal Church -- says community-led efforts expanding the local green energy economy can both improve the environment and create green jobs for residents.

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U.S. House to Vote on Offshore Drilling in Virginia

The U.S. House is scheduled to vote today on legislation that could open Virginia waters to offshore oil and gas exploration.

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Dominion Requests Rate Hike

Dominion Virginia Power is asking state regulators for permission to charge customers more for power.

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Virginians Consider The Risks And Benefits Of Hydraulic Fracturing

With the dangers of nuclear power playing out in Japan, fighting in Libya pushing up oil prices, and environmentalists urging a reduction in dependence on coal, America is looking for energy alternatives.

One that seemed promising is natural gas. But critics say the process of getting gas from the ground may be risky, which is a question playing out in the Commonwealth.

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MoCo Report Outlines Recommendations For Pepco

In Maryland, another report is slamming Pepco's service reliability in Montgomery County -- this one comes from the county itself.

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Green Expo Encourages Small Changes for Clean Living

Making small changes can have a big impact on the environment, that's the message the town of Vienna, Va. had in mind for its Green Expo.

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