With this dual-purpose device, you won't have to fumble around for a flashlight for trick-or-treating, or the next time the power goes out. The Bulb Flashlight is a low-heat, rechargeable LED bulb that doubles as a handheld flashlight.
After Sandy hit the region around New York City last year, many residents had difficulty finding gasoline for their cars and generators. It's now clear there were problems all along the fuel supply chain. Policymakers have been examining what happened and how to prevent it in the future.
The Atlantic hurricane season has been quiet so far, but in the Pacific, two typhoons are moving toward Japan. Of particular concern is the Fukushima nuclear power plant, which sits right on the coast. Its reactors melted down after a massive earthquake and tsunami in 2011.
The plant, to be built by a French company, would be the first in Britain in 20 years. France and Britain are among the few European nations that are planning an energy future with a strong nuclear component. Across much of the continent, existing plants are being phased out, most notably in Germany.
The British government has announced plans to build two new nuclear reactors in southwest England. The agreement is worth nearly $26 billion. The deal is the first of its kind since Japan's Fukushima nuclear disaster in 2011 — and the first new British nuclear power station in two decades.
When Saudia Arabia cut off direct oil shipments to the U.S. 40 years ago, the country was thrown into shock. Calls for energy independence grew louder. The U.S. is now producing more of its own oil and natural gas than ever, but the commitment to efficiency has been uneven.
The record-breaking wildfire in Yosemite National Park is calling attention to a problem found across the West: Forests are overloaded with fuel after a century of putting out fires. What to do about that is fueling its own heated debate.
The president alone can approve or reject construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which is designed to take crude oil extracted from Alberta, Canada, through America's heartland to refineries on the Gulf Coast. New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza says Obama could use the decision as a "symbolic turning point in the kind of energy future he wants America to have."
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