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Environmentalists Push To Shut Down Power Plants

Environmentalists want the Crane and Wagner power plants in Maryland to shut down.

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Maryland Reconsiders Bill Affecting Utilities Revenue

Maryland regulators are reconsidering a policy that would affect the way utility companies bill customers.

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Maryland, Virginia Still In Top 20 Power Plant Polluters

Maryland and Virginia are still in the top 20 most polluting states when it comes to power plants, according to one environmental group's rankings, but Maryland improved last year while Virginia's ranking increased. 

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Natural Gas Giant Tries To Shift Gears

Chesapeake Energy is still a leader in America's "fracking"-fueled natural gas boom, but low natural gas prices are making the company less profitable. Now the company is selling some of its assets and shifting more of its efforts into oil and other energy sectors to try to boost its bottom line.
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Analysis: Public Gets Its Say On Pepco Policy At PRC Hearings

The Maryland Public Service Commission is holding meetings this week to hear from area Pepco customers. Maryland reporter Matt Bush expects that the public will take the utility to task, but doesn't expect the PRC to act until next year.

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Curious About Curiosity: What We'll Learn From Mars

The Mars Science Laboratory rover, named Curiosity, made a successful landing on the surface of the red planet, drawing shouts and cheers from the mission control staff at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. University of Redlands professor Tyler Nordgren explains what Curiosity may discover.
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India's Blackout A Reminder Of How Far We've Come

The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.
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States Ask Detroit: 'Build Us A Natural Gas Car, Please'

A bipartisan group of governors is pushing U.S. automakers to build a sedan that runs on compressed natural gas. The states say they will buy them in large quantities as they replace their current fleets. The governors say the cars would cost less to run, cut pollution and create jobs. And it would boost demand for natural gas, which has seen a plummet in price.
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Power Back On, But India's Outlook A Bit More Dim

A power failure in India left more than half the country in the dark, and has raised concerns about the country's outdated infrastructure. Anand Giridharadas is a columnist for The New York Times and The International Herald Tribune, and author of the book India Calling. He speaks with Michel Martin about how India is managing its energy needs as it seeks to become a technological and economic power.

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