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Why The Latest Gulf Leak Is No BP Disaster

Deep-sea natural gas reservoirs sometimes contain oil, but experts say it's highly unlikely Tuesday's accident in the Gulf of Mexico would leak anything like the BP spill. And there are signs suggesting the only thing crews have to deal with is leaking gas.
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Offshore Drilling Rig Remains On Fire In Gulf Of Mexico

A natural gas well off the Louisiana coast has caught fire after a blowout forced the evacuation of 44 workers. It is unclear how long it will take to extinguish the blaze.
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Managing The Nation's Electricity Needs

The recent heat wave across much of the U.S. has put new strains on the nation's electricity suppliers. Efforts by power companies to keep up with demand.

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Birds Teach The Air Force A Better Way To Fly

The V-shaped formation of geese in flight — known as "vortex surfing" — is being studied as a way to slash fuel bills at the Air Force's gas-guzzling Air Mobility Command.
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Carbon Tax Gaining Popularity, But Not With Lawmakers

The idea of taxing carbon emissions to curb climate change has been gaining surprisingly diverse and bipartisan support over the past year. Everywhere, that is, except Congress.
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All Charged Up: Engineers Create A Battery Made Of Wood

This doesn't look like your trusty potato battery: a prototype device made by scientists at the University of Maryland uses wood fibers coated with carbon nanotubes to create an electric current.
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Pepco Rate Hike Approved In Maryland

Pepco customers in Maryland will soon be paying more on their monthly bills.

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The Aftermath Of Oil Spills In Michigan And Arkansas

As the White House nears a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline, communities in Arkansas and Michigan are still dealing with major oil spills. Diane and her guests discuss the safety of shipping oil through pipelines.

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Does The Canadian Rail Explosion Make Pipelines Look Safer?

The Canadian train tragedy is becoming Exhibit A in the political case for building pipelines, such as the proposed Keystone XL, as well as for opposing them. Meanwhile, energy companies have boosted rail shipments of oil in response to a surge in production.
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15-Ton Particle Ring Travels To Chicago By Land And By Sea

A lab in Chicago can produce particles called muons, but it needs an electromagnetic ring on Long Island to produce them. Since the 50-foot ring can't be taken apart or flown over houses, movers drove it to the shoreline and will sail it down the East Coast on a sea barge and up rivers to the Windy City.

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