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Superstorm Shines A Light On Power Grid Vulnerabilities

Sandy, which knocked out power to some 8 million people in 18 states, painted a bull's-eye on the oldest and most fragile part of the nation's power grid. Engineering experts say the grid is inherently vulnerable even as damaging weather events seem to be occurring more frequently.
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Oil Companies Oppose Ben Cardin's Financial Reform Provision

Oil industry groups are asking the SEC to stop the implementation of a law pushed by a local senator.

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Pepco President: Utility More Prepared Than During Derecho

Pepco got raked over the coals this summer for their relatively slow response to outages caused by a derecho storm. The utility's president says they see Sandy coming and are much more prepared this time.


Zapping Nuclear Waste With Laser Beams Could Actually Be A Great Idea

The world's most powerful laser beams are going to be built in Europe. Scientists say that a blast from them could destroy nuclear waste in seconds — meaning it wouldn't have to be stored for centuries.

Algae As Car Fuel: Possible, But Not Sustainable?

Growing algae as a source of fuel could consume vast amounts of water and fertilizer, according to a study by the National Academy of Sciences. There's also a risk that the energy required to produce these fuels would make them impractical. These daunting technical problems need to be overcome if the nation wants to turn to algae fuels as a substitute for gasoline.

Could U.S. Produce Enough Oil To Rival Saudi Arabia?

An oil boom, spurred in large part by hydraulic fracturing, could boost U.S. production next year to more than 11 million barrels a day, which would nearly equal Saudi Arabia's current output, according to Energy Department projections. The spurt is expected to boost U.S. energy jobs.
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Lawmakers, Environmentalists: No Studies, No Fracking

Hydraulic fracturing hasn't gone further than the discussion phase in Maryland, and Democratic lawmakers and environmentalists are adamant it stay that way until further studies into the practice are performed.

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Environmental Issues And The 2012 Presidential Race

Environmental issues and the 2012 campaign: What President Barack Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney say and don't say about energy independence, environmental regulations and climate change.