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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.


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.

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.

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.

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A power failure in India left more than half the country in the dark, and has raised concerns about the country's outdated infrastructure.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.

BP Blames $1.4 Billion Loss On Lower Energy Prices

BP released its latest quarterly earnings on Tuesday and the oil giant's earnings are way down. The company cited lower oil and natural gas prices, and the lingering effects from the massive 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

Ask An Astrophysicist

The universe is being pushed apart at a faster and faster rate. And the culprit? Dark energy. Astrophysicist Adam Riess shared the 2011 Nobel Prize in Physics for that discovery, and now's your chance to ask him about it--or anything else you've been wondering about the cosmos.
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A Drought's Impact On Our Energy Grid

Record-setting droughts in the Midwest and South are threatening more than crops: half of the nation's water goes to cooling power plants.