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U.S. Coal Exports Soar To 1991 Heights

America's reliance on coal to produce electricity has declined by more than 20 percent in recent years — but it is exporting coal at a rate not seen in 20 years, according to the AP. Much of the new surge in coal exports comes from Japan and South Korea.
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Prospects For Offshore Wind In Maryland Dim

A bill that would have required Maryland utilities to get a certain amount of their power from offshore wind died in committee, scuttling a big push by Democrats to expand renewable power in the state.

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What Makes Gas Prices Continue To Rise?

Why does a gallon of gas at the pump cost an average of $3.93? Why might it soon hit $4? Robert Siegel asks Robin West, the chairman of PFC Energy, an energy consulting firm.
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GOP Lawmakers Rally Against EPA's New Coal Plant Rules

Republican lawmakers are fighting a proposed EPA rule that would limit emissions levels allowed from new coal-fired power plants, but Democrats say it's necessary to fight global warming. 

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West Virginia Mine Closes Two Years After Explosion

A West Virginia mine is sealing its site permanently after a deadly explosion killed 29 people two years ago.

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A Disappearing Town In The Shadow Of Big Coal

Ten years ago this spring, the residents of Cheshire, Ohio, sold their town to a nearby power plant. Their reason, they said, was to escape its smog. Then, building by building, the small hamlet was dismantled — a transformation photographer Franz Jantzen has recorded in a chilling kind of time-lapse in reverse.
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Gold Miners Dig Deep — To The Ocean Floor

Next year, an Australian company plans to start drilling deep underwater off the coast of Papua New Guinea to extract deposits rich with copper, gold, silver and zinc. The firm says the operation is much less messy than mining on land, but some scientists worry about the impact on deep-sea life.
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Wind Power Advocates Rally In Annapolis

With the Maryland offshore wind power bill moving on to the State Senate, supporters are taking to the state capital to show their support for the clean power.

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Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency

When Fred Smith started FedEx in 1971, the company nearly didn't make it because of the spike in fuel costs related to the Arab oil embargo. That experience led Smith to turn FedEx into one of the leaders in looking for alternatives to power its vans, trucks and jets.

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