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A Disappearing Town In The Shadow Of Big Coal

Ten years ago this spring, the residents of Cheshire, Ohio, sold their town to a nearby power plant. Their reason, they said, was to escape its smog. Then, building by building, the small hamlet was dismantled — a transformation photographer Franz Jantzen has recorded in a chilling kind of time-lapse in reverse.
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Gold Miners Dig Deep — To The Ocean Floor

Next year, an Australian company plans to start drilling deep underwater off the coast of Papua New Guinea to extract deposits rich with copper, gold, silver and zinc. The firm says the operation is much less messy than mining on land, but some scientists worry about the impact on deep-sea life.
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Wind Power Advocates Rally In Annapolis

With the Maryland offshore wind power bill moving on to the State Senate, supporters are taking to the state capital to show their support for the clean power.

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Oil Scare Turns FedEx On To Energy Efficiency

When Fred Smith started FedEx in 1971, the company nearly didn't make it because of the spike in fuel costs related to the Arab oil embargo. That experience led Smith to turn FedEx into one of the leaders in looking for alternatives to power its vans, trucks and jets.
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On Energy Policy, Romney's Emphasis Has Shifted

The GOP candidates for president have seized on high gasoline prices as a line of attack against President Obama, largely saying the answer is more domestic oil drilling. But as Massachusetts governor, GOP front-runner Mitt Romney used to emphasize fuel efficiency and cutting energy demand.
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Wind Power Expansion Passes Maryland House

At the urging of Maryland governor Martin O'Malley, an expansion of wind power has passed Maryland's House of Delegates over the objections of Republicans who say they worry about its cost.

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Maryland House to Make Final Vote on Wind Power

Maryland's House of Delegates is moving towards a vote that will marginally increase energy rates in the state to purchase renewable energy credits for off-shore wind power.

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The Good And The Bad Of Kenya's First Oil Strike

For the first time, oil has been discovered in the East African nation of Kenya. The country's energy minister quickly held a news conference. Holding up a bottle of crude, he pledged to make sure oil is a blessing for the people and not a curse. Will Ross of the BBC talks to David Greene about how oil can be a plague on unprepared nations.

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