New EPA rules would control air pollution coming from wells being drilled by the oil and natural gas industries. The rules are a result of a lawsuit by an environmental group that sued the agency to clean up the drilling industry after communities in Colorado, New Mexico and Wyoming complained about air pollution.
A panel of independent experts convened by the prestigious National Research Council has examined whether the death penalty deters or increases homicide rates. It concluded that the available research offers no useful information for policymakers.
The federal rules announced Wednesday will, among other things, soon require oil and natural gas drillers to limit air pollution from drilling operations. Though the requirements stand to save companies money long term, producers say pollution regulations should be left to the states.
At the same time gasoline prices are soaring, the cost of electricity is falling. The reason? Cheap and plentiful natural gas. A utility in Massachusetts has just sliced rates by 34 percent. Coming out of a recession, the lower electricity prices are quietly boosting the economy and providing some welcome savings to businesses and families.
A supply glut and price collapse in natural gas is slowing down the hydraulic fracturing boom in some areas. How market forces, state regulations and health and environmental concerns are shaping development of the Marcellus Shale.
The White House is making what some would call an unconventional investment. It's studying the benefits of video games on those who play them. White House senior policy analyst Constance Steinkuehler is at the head of that research and she discusses the initiative with host Michel Martin.
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