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Bid For Third Calvert Cliffs Nuclear Plant Denied

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has shot down a bid for a third nuclear power plant in Maryland's Calvert Cliffs, citing the 1954 Atomic Energy Act.


Gas Prices Expected To Retreat As Isaac Fades

With the remnants of Isaac dissipating, economists are saying the storm's national economic impact will be relatively muted and short-lived. After the Labor Day weekend, gasoline prices are expected to begin easing down from their storm-related run-up.
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Isaac Drives Gas Prices Up In D.C. Area

The D.C. area may have missed Isaac, but drivers may still feel some of the effects... at the pump.


In Drought, Should Corn Be Food Or Fuel?

Drought across the country has led to spiking corn prices, forcing a growing number of ethanol plants around the country to temporarily close down. As a result, there is a growing call for suspending a federal mandate on biofuel and freeing up corn for feed.

U.S. Cars Must Get 55 MPG By 2025 Under New Rules

New greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards will nearly double the distance average cars go on a gallon of gas by 2025. These new rules are expected to further reduce U.S. dependence on foreign oil and cut greenhouse gas emissions. The standards come as the United States has already made significant progress in weaning itself from foreign oil. Both the Obama and Bush administrations tightened fuel economy standards, which has resulted in a reduction in demand for oil and domestic oil production has increased.

Methane Making An Appearance In Pa. Water Supplies

Water wells and streams in Leroy Township, Pa., have been bubbling up with methane gas in the past few months. The state's Department of Environmental Protection blames nearby natural gas fracking operations. A local well operator has installed water filters for residents and says the problem has been fixed.