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D.C.'s Solar Power Community Reacts to the Pepco-Exelon Merger

Will the Pepco-Exelon merger make it harder for small solar producers in the D.C. area?

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U.S. Geology Maps Reveal Areas Vulnerable To Man-Made Quakes

Parts of Oklahoma and Texas have about the same risk of an earthquake as parts of California, the maps show. Why? Wastewater that oil and gas operations are pumping into wells adds pressure on faults.
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The Politics Hour - March 25, 2016

Kojo and Tom Sherwood chat with David Trone, a Democratic candidate for the U.S. House seat representing Maryland's 8th district.

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Bankruptcies Fuel Uncertainty In Coal Communities

Peabody Coal, one of the largest coal producers in the world, is teetering on the edge of bankruptcy. It would be the latest in a string of major coal companies going under. But drive through Wyoming's Powder River Basin, where 40 percent of U.S. coal is mined, and it's as if nothing has changed, even at sites owned by bankrupt companies.
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D.C. Regulator Approves Exelon's Takeover Of Pepco

The District of Columbia Public Service Commission has approved Exelon's nearly $7 billion takeover of rival utility Pepco.

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Has Dominion's Political Power Clouded The Fight Over Coal Ash?

Dominion's plan to close its coal ash ponds is fueling protests and lawsuits in Virginia. We explore the controversy and look at the relationship between Virginia environmental regulators and the state's politically powerful utility.

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How Low Oil Prices Are Changing Career Plans At An Ohio College

Students come from all over the world to study petroleum engineering in southern Ohio and Marietta College. In the past nearly every graduate had a good job. Not any more.
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Nevada Solar Power Business Struggles To Keep The Lights On

Since Nevada regulators began phasing out incentives, the solar power business has been in turmoil and many workers have been laid off. Now some worry what happened there will spread to other states.
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U.S., Canada Pledge To Lower Methane Emissions In Oil And Gas sectors

Methane leaks are bad news. We'll fly over a South Texas oilfield with a leak detection crew and witness — with the aid of an infrared camera — how much methane gushes into the atmosphere.
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Water, Soil And Radiation: Why Fukushima Will Take Decades To Clean Up

Five years after meltdowns at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan, progress has been made, but there's still plenty to do.

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