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Coal Loses Crown As King Of Power Generation

A Georgia utility's announcement that it will shutter coal-powered generators in the coming years is part of a national trend of shifting to natural gas. One key factor is low gas prices, fueled by a boom in shale gas production.
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After Accidents, U.S. To Review Shell's Drilling In Arctic Ocean

Melissa Block talks with science correspondent Richard Harris about Shell's troubled history in the Arctic.
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This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
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Uranium Debate Heats Up As Virginia Assembly Session Begins

The fight over the uranium mining ban in Virginia is expected to take center stage when lawmakers return to Richmond for the legislative session this week.

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Maryland Fracking Opponents Call For Study

Environmentalists in Maryland are renewing the push for a moratorium on fracking for natural gas until a study has been conducted.

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Advisory Commission Considers Drilling Rules For Marcellus Shale

A state panel developing rules for natural gas drilling in western Maryland is considering possible legislative proposals for the 2013 General Assembly session.

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Budget Deal Provides Tax Breaks For Green Energy

Congress included an array of benefits for renewable energy and energy saving technologies in its "fiscal cliff" package. Homeowners can get tax credits for upgrading their houses to make them more energy efficient or buying energy star appliances. Industries that produce alternative energies from biodiesel to wind power got big incentives to produce more cleaner power.
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Drilling For Facts Under The 'Promised Land' Fiction

In the film, opening in theaters across the country Friday, Matt Damon's character pitches natural gas drilling to a rural community. Even with a number of inaccuracies, the film explores real-life issues confronting towns that are promised wealth but have to weigh potential environmental impacts of drilling.

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