Energy

1:36pm

Mon August 20, 2012
Planet Money

Why It Seems Like Gas Prices Only Go Up

Originally published on Tue August 21, 2012 8:14 am

Despite rising in the past few weeks, gas prices are still lower than they were this spring.
Paul Sakuma AP

On Aug. 1, 2011, unleaded gas cost $3.70 a gallon, on average. As of last week, the average price of unleaded gas was $3.70 a gallon. The same as last August.

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2:11pm

Wed August 15, 2012
Environment

[UPDATED] Hickenlooper Pushes for Settlement in Longmont Drilling Dispute

Gov. Hickenlooper meets with Jim Hackett, chairman of the board of Anadarko in Denver Wednesday.
Kirk Siegler

Governor John Hickenlooper says he’s hopeful the state can reach a settlement with Longmont in a legal battle over the city’s new regulations that ban oil and gas drilling in residential neighborhoods.

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2:07pm

Wed August 15, 2012
NPR Story

India's Planned Mars Mission Irks Critics

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 4:23 pm

India turned 65 on Wednesday, and amid the great pomp and ceremony of National Day celebrations, the prime minister announced plans for a mission to Mars. India plans to send a research satellite to the Red Planet in November next year — at a cost of $82 million. Critics say the money would be better spent on the nation's creaky infrastructure, and connecting the 400 million Indians who are not on the national electricity grid.

2:02pm

Tue August 14, 2012
It's All Politics

Candidates Trade Fire Over Coal In Ohio

Originally published on Tue August 14, 2012 2:32 pm

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets coal miners during a campaign rally in Beallsville, Ohio, on Tuesday.
Justin Sullivan Getty Images

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney was in far eastern Ohio on Tuesday — seemingly in the middle of nowhere.

But Beallsville is in the middle of coal country, and this site was carefully chosen. There's a battle over messaging on coal in Ohio, a state with huge coal reserves and an important but troubled coal industry.

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12:49pm

Tue August 14, 2012
Europe

Germans Confront The Costs Of A Nuclear-Free Future

Originally published on Thu August 16, 2012 11:07 am

A worker on a newly constructed transmission tower near Buetzow, Germany, earlier this month. The German government plans to shut down nuclear power plants and is seeking to replace that production with power from renewable energy sources, especially wind turbines and solar parks. New power transmission lines will be needed.
Sean Gallup Getty Images

After Japan's Fukushima disaster last year, Germany announced a groundbreaking energy plan: It would phase out all of its domestic nuclear power in a decade and make a transition to safer, carbon neutral energy.

The goal is to have solar, wind and other renewables account for nearly 40 percent of the energy for Europe's largest economy in a decade, and 80 percent by 2050.

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