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In Arctic Drilling Debate, A Dispute Over Cleanup Preparedness

Royal Dutch Shell can drill oil exploration wells this summer in the Chukchi Sea, if Shell shows it can prevent and clean up a potential spill. Environmentalists are skeptical; Shell says it's ready.
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'Not On My Land': Southern Residents Fight Building Of Palmetto Pipeline

Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline to carry oil and natural gas through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But smaller oil suppliers are also concerned about markets like Savannah, Georgia.
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U.S. Gives Conditional OK To Shell Oil For Drilling Off Alaska's Arctic Shore

The company wants to resume drilling in the Chukchi Sea off northwestern Alaska; it broke off that effort in 2012 because of safety problems.
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Oil Companies Look To Fill Employment Gap With More Women

Less than 20 percent of oil-sector workers are female. That's a problem for an industry that needs legions of new workers to replace retirees. So firms are looking to draw more women into the field.
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Global Carbon Dioxide Levels Reach Milestone

NPR's Melissa Block speaks with Pieter Tans of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Earth System Research Laboratory about greenhouse gas emissions surpassing 400 parts per million.
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Power Problems: Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Faces Crippling Debt

The island's power authority owes $9 billion. Power costs are already high, but bondholders are pushing for rate hikes. That may deter employers, which would further hurt the territory's weak economy.
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Oil Prices Are Rising Again, But Will They Keep Going Up?

Oil hit a new high for the year — closing at just under $61 a barrel. But some analysts say the global economic slowdown and the rise of alternative energy will mean less demand and lower prices.
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The Future Of Massachusetts' Offshore Wind Farm Is Uncertain

Officials in Massachusetts bet big on wind energy, sinking $113 million into a waterfront terminal designed to serve the new industry off the New England coast. But Cape Wind is all but dead.
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Tesla CEO Elon Musk Unveils Home Battery; Is $3,000 Cheap Enough?

With a sleek surface and a depth of only about 7 inches, the Powerwall can be mounted on a garage wall or another surface, indoors or outside.
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Oklahoma Now Has More Earthquakes Than California

The state is accustomed to tornadoes and severe weather. But since 2008, there's been a surge of quakes — linked to oil and gas drilling.

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