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The World's Largest Vessel Enters The Water In South Korea

Shell's new vessel is so large that if you stood it up, it would be taller than the Empire State Building. It will be anchored 300 miles off the coast of Australia to handle liquefied natural gas.
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Obama Tells Government To Ramp Up Its Renewable Energy Use

Under the new plan, each federal agency would have until 2020 to get 20 percent of its power from renewable sources such as solar and wind.
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Pepco Puts In Request For Another Rate Increase

Maryland residents may see another increase in their energy bills in the future, after Pepco submitted a request for a rate increase to pay for infrastructure upgrades.

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Slashing Fossil Fuel Consumption Comes With A Price

The U.S. aims to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80 percent by 2050. Wind and solar power can help. But folks doing the math say other pricey, controversial technologies — such as burying carbon gas underground, and expanding nuclear power — are also likely to be part of a low-carbon future.
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Tech Leaders, Economists Split Over Clean Energy's Prospects

Renewable energy has become a $220 billion a year industry. But to significantly slow climate change, the power of wind, solar and other renewable sources must vastly expand. Some say the tech breakthroughs needed are on the horizon, though a top economist sees a tougher road ahead.
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This Week On Metro Connection: Looking Back

We'll celebrate Thanksgiving this week by "Looking Back" on some of our favorite Metro connection stories about our region's history.

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The Environmental Outlook: Debate Over Ethanol And The Future Of Biofuels

For this month's Environmental Outlook: The EPA has proposed reducing the amount of ethanol required to be mixed with gasoline. Debate over U.S. ethanol policy and the future of advanced biofuels.

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Drilling For Oil, Based On The Bible: Do Oil And Religion Mix?

The born-again head of Zion Oil believes the Old Testament and an office full of geologists will lead him to oil deposits in Israel. So far, the company has spent $130 million and only hit dry holes.
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Israel Dreams Of A Future As An Oil Producer

The country began pumping natural gas from its first major offshore field earlier this year. There are also hopes that Israel may have significant oil reserves, though there are hurdles, both technical and political.
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Colo. Fracking Votes Put Pressure On Energy Companies

Voters in three Colorado communities passed measures this month limiting the practice of hydraulic fracturing. A close vote in a fourth community means a recount next week. Companies say the measures are creating an uncertain business environment.

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