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Energy Tax Increase Here To Stay In Montgomery County

Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett's plan to keep a controversial energy tax has roiled business leaders in the area who expected it to be a temporary measure when it was passed two years ago.

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Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche

Only 7 percent of plastic waste in the United States is recycled each year, according to the EPA. A startup company in Niagara Falls says it can increase that amount and reduce the country's dependence on foreign oil at the same time.
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Smart Phones, Hybrid Cars, and the Global Competition for "Rare Earth Elements"

Ninety percent of "rare earth elements" comes from China. We explore the science and politics of "critical materials" in advanced manufacturing...

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Shell Picks Pittsburgh Area For Major Refinery

The so-called ethane cracking, or "cracker," plant would convert ethane from bountiful Marcellus Shale natural gas liquids into more profitable chemicals such as ethylene, which are then used to produce everything from plastics to tires to antifreeze.
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Environmentalists Tout Group Weatherization Before Summer

A group of homeowners in Mount Pleasant are undertaking a group weatherization project just in time for summer.

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Oil, Gas Drillers Face Higher State Taxes In Ohio

Republican Gov. John Kasich has proposed an increase in taxes on the extraction of natural gas. This follows last week's announcement of increased regulations on drilling.
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Surging Gas Prices Have Drivers Fuming

Gasoline costs nearly 80 cents more per gallon than it did in January. Motorists dread the trip to the pump and wonder why prices are so high — and when they'll go back down. But growing world demand could mean oil prices will continue to rise in coming years.

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