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BP Bows Out Of Solar, But Industry Outlook Still Sunny

The energy giant says it has "thrown in the towel on solar." The industry has evolved since BP entered the ring, currently emphasizing cheap production rather than research and development. BP says it just wasn't making money, though it will continue investing in other renewable resources.
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VW Introduces 'World's Most Efficient' Car At Geneva Motor Show

The company says the plug-in, diesel hybrid gets 261 miles per gallon. The futuristic two-seater is not in production, yet, but VW says it plans to use "handcrafting-like production methods" for the car.
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Energy Secretary Nominee Is An Academic, Politico

President Obama will name Ernie Moniz as the next secretary of the Department of Energy. Moniz is a physicist and academic — but unlike his predecessor, he's a seasoned politico who knows Washington and Congress. Moniz will please and annoy both ends of the energy policy spectrum: He's a big solar and wind booster, but a fan of natural gas and nuclear power as well.
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Proposal To Reverse Flow Of Oil Pipeline Stirs Controversy In New England

As environmentalists protest a western pipeline, northern New England towns also worry that a pipeline that crosses the region will soon carry tar sands oil from western Canada. Their concerns were heightened recently when the CEO of a local pipeline company told Vermont lawmakers he's looking for new business — including shipping the controversial heavy crude. Two dozen Vermont towns will consider the issue at their annual meetings this month.
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Turning It Down: Cities Combat Light Pollution By Going Dim

Advocates say the developed world's desire to light up the night is having some unintended consequences. This summer, Paris will try dimming its street lights, turning it into the City of [Fewer] Lights.
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State Department Finds No Major Objections To Keystone XL Pipeline Proposal

The State Department released its environment assessment of the Keystone XL pipeline on Friday. Melissa Block talks to Elizabeth Shogren.

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