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Two D.C.Universities Go Solar

Two local universities will get half their energy next year from solar power. The deal could encourage more schools and businesses to move away from fossil fuels, but raises questions about cost and efficiency.

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In Shetland, Oil Shapes Debate Over Scottish Independence

Offshore oil and gas money is central to the debate over whether Scotland should break off from the U.K. — especially in the remote Shetland Islands, where North Sea oil has transformed the economy.
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U.S. Moves Toward Easing A Ban On Exporting Its Oil

The new rulings are being reported amid a backdrop of rising gas prices in the U.S., a situation blamed on new violence and uncertainty in Iraq.
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In Wyoming, Going Deep To Draw Energy From Coal

The United States has lots of coal, but most of it is buried far underground. A new method can extract it, but the environmental costs might prove too high for nearby landowners.
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Ohio Rolls Back Renewable Energy Standards

Many states around the U.S. have adopted policies that encourage the development of renewable energy. Lately, though, there's been a major push nationwide for states to repeal those policies. As Ohio Public Radio's Andy Chow reports, Ohio appears to be the first state to temporarily halt some of their standards for utilities.
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U.S. Offshore Wind Energy Area Would Nearly Double Under New Plan

The U.S. Department of the Interior says the new Massachusetts Wind Energy Area would be auctioned off in four leases. It includes more than 1,000 square miles of ocean.
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In Escalation, Russia Cuts Gas Supplies To Ukraine

Russia announced the move after the two sides failed to come to an agreement over the price of natural gas.
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U.S. Coal Companies Ride Exports To Booming Business

One might expect the U.S. coal industry to be reeling from the glut of low-cost natural gas and the regulations imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. Instead, coal companies are doing a booming business in exports to Europe and Asia.
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Rules Force Washington To Cut Emissions More Than Other States

The Environmental Protection Agency has announced strict new carbon emissions regulations. Washington state has the largest reduction target — about 72 percent overall.
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Oil Field Work Pays Well But The Conditions Aren't For Everyone

Some of the best paying jobs in the American West are in the oil and gas industry. But only 18 percent are held by women, and many of those are office jobs which pay considerably less.

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