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Why Cheap Gas Might Not Be Good For The U.S. Economy

A drop in global oil prices saved U.S. drivers $100 billion last year. Good news, right? Not so, say some economists. The energy industry is now so big that cheap oil may actually hurt the economy.
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NPR Contest: Send Us Your Stories Of Happy Accidents In Science

Scientists need curiosity, determination — and luck. We're especially interested in that last bit, so tell us your stories of mistakes and surprises that led to discoveries in the past few years.
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Drop In Oil Prices Complicates Effort To Combat Climate Change

Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy to combat climate change will require trillions of dollars in investment. Cheap prices for fossil fuels are making that transition a bit more complicated.
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Air Regulators Sue Calif. Utility Over Massive Gas Leak

A local regulatory body has filed a civil suit against the Southern California Gas Co. alleging negligence over the ongoing natural gas leak near Porter Ranch in Los Angeles.
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San Diego Mulls Whether To Let City, Not Utility, Buy Alternative Energy

It's the largest city in the U.S. to commit to using only renewable energy. And even though stakeholders are on board, trouble could be brewing over how to implement the plan.
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Transmitting Wind Power To Customers Is A Quixotic Challenge

Some wind resources are hundreds of miles from potential customers. Projects to build high voltage lines to carry that power to where it's needed are regularly stymied by the regulatory environment.
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2015: The Hottest Year In Recorded History

Scientists say global temperatures in 2015 were the hottest on record, smashing the 2014 record by a wide margin. What the warming of the planet could mean for weather patterns, climate policy, and hitting global temperature targets.

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Few Snowzilla Outages Reported As Pepco Powers Through

Despite the size and strength of the blizzard that struck the D.C. region over the weekend, there were only a handful of power outages. What does this strong performance mean for Pepco's proposed merger with Exelon?

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California Regulators Order Company To Permanently Close Leaking Gas Well

A well on the outskirts of LA has been spewing natural gas into the air for months. Once it's sealed off, regulators say, it can never be tapped again. Other new restrictions are also being imposed.
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$1.22 A Gallon: Cheap Gas Raises Fears Of Urban Sprawl

Gas prices in Columbus, Ohio, are among the lowest in the country. Drivers appreciate the savings, but anti-sprawl advocates say cheap gas doesn't help their cause.

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