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Berliner: Pepco Rate Increase Best Consumers Could Get

Maryland state regulators rejected Pepco's call for a 4 percent rate increase in favor of a much more modest bump in fees. Montgomery County council president Roger Berliner says that was the best ratepayers could do.

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Commission Denies Pepco Rate Increase Request

The Maryland Public Service Commission denied Pepco's request for a 4 percent rate increase, citing the utility's history of poor performance, even as thousands remain without power.

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Five Men Agree To Stand Directly Under An Exploding Nuclear Bomb

The country was just beginning to worry about nuclear fallout, and the Air Force wanted to reassure people that it was OK to use atomic weapons. And so on July 19, 1957, five Air Force officers stood on a patch of ground in the Nevada desert and waited for the bomb to drop.

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Miners Weather The Slow Burn Of Coal's Demise

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent in March. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet, and now hundreds of coal miners are being laid off as the nation shifts away from the oldest and most plentiful source of electricity in the U.S.
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Pepco Raked Over Coals Even As Rate Hikes Considered

Pepco continues to face criticism for their response to storm damage in late June, and at least one local politician called the utility's request for a rate hike 'ridiculous.'

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What's Killing 'King Coal' In West Virginia?

For decades, coal represented half of the nation's electricity generation, but it dropped to only 34 percent for the month of March. While the decline is partially due to a warmer winter and stricter environmental regulations, the real culprit may be natural gas. Technological breakthroughs in fracking have led to a gas boom that's caused prices to plummet. As a result, power plants are switching from coal to natural gas and mines in Appalachia are shutting down.
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The Nuts And Bolts Of High-Speed Rail

California lawmakers gave the green light to the first phase of construction of high-speed rail in the state. Does this mean that America is on track for faster, sleeker trains? What potential speed bumps still lie ahead? Railroad engineer Christopher Barkan discusses the costs, benefits and state of the technology.
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The Natural Gas Boom: Doing More Harm Than Good?

Some people are embracing the wave of increased natural gas extraction in the United States. Others, concerned about the risks, are saying no fracking way. A panel of experts weighs the pros and cons of a boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing in the latest Intelligence Squared U.S. debate.

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