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Transport in cities: Vive la révolution | The Economist

MORE and more Americans are taking to the road on two wheels. Between 1977 and 2009 the total number of annual bike trips more than tripled, while the bike’s share of …

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Marcellus Shale, Hydraulic Fracturing, and the E.P.A. : The New Yorker

Americans have never met a hydrocarbon they didn’t like. Oil, natural gas, liquefied natural gas, tar-sands oil, coal-bed methane, and coal, which is, mostly, carbon—the country loves them all, not wisely, but too well. To the extent that the United States has an energy policy, it is perhaps best summed up as:

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A Gold Rush of Subsidies in the Search for Clean Energy – NYTimes.com

Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, on a former cattle ranch and gypsum mine, NRG Energy is building an engineering marvel: a compound of nearly a million solar panels that will produce enough electricity to power about 100,000 …

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As Wind Energy Use Grows, Utilities Seek to Stabilize Power Grid – NYTimes.com

For decades, electric companies have swung into emergency mode when demand soars on blistering hot days, appealing to households to use less power. But with the rise of wind energy, utilities in the Pacific Northwest are sometimes dealing with the opposite: moments when there is too much electricity for the grid to …

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Obama green-tech program that backed Solyndra struggles to create jobs – The Washington Post

A $38.6 billion loan guarantee program that the Obama administration promised would create or save 65,000 jobs has created just a few thousand jobs two years after it began, government …

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Desalination: Drops to drink | The Economist

SINGAPORE’S average annual rainfall is more than double that of notoriously soggy Britain, so the casual observer might be surprised to learn that the place has a shortage of drinking water. Yet with around 7,000 people per square kilometre, Singapore is the third most densely populated country in the world. Its land mass is not large enough to supply the thirst of …

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How Seawater Can Power the World – NYTimes.com

DEBATE about America’s energy supply is heating up: gas prices are rising, ethanol is under attack and nuclear power continues to struggle in the shadow of the Fukushima disaster in Japan.

But an abundant, safe and clean energy source once thought to be the stuff of science fiction is closer than many realize:

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America’s Water: The Looming Crisis | Rolling Stone Politics | RS Politics Daily | Rolling Stone Writers and Editors on Political News

The following is an excerpt from The Ripple Effect: The Fate of Fresh Water in the Twenty-First Century by Alex Prud’homme (Simon & Schuster)

Chapter One: The Defining Resource …

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Review & Outlook: The Facts About Fracking – WSJ.com

The U.S. is in the midst of an energy revolution, and we don’t mean solar panels or wind turbines. A new gusher of natural gas from shale has the potential to transform U.S. energy …

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Atop TV Sets, Cable Boxes and DVRs Drain Power – NYTimes.com

Those little boxes that usher cable signals and digital recording capacity into televisions have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, with some typical home entertainment configurations eating more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems.

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