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  Need to Know: January 18, 2013: Ending paralysis: New Jersey and Germany

Need to Know” anchor Jeff Greenfield explores why it now takes nearly four times as long to complete infrastructure projects in the United States than it did in the 1970′s.


  Germany’s green revolution

What would it take to transform the whole country’s electric grid–to shut down all of its old power plants, and move to a system that generates electricity exclusively from renewable resources?


Hundreds protest pipeline

By Reuters, via The Guardian Hundreds of people who say they worry oil that would be carried by the Keystone XL pipeline will accelerate climate change marched around the White House on Sunday, hoping to revive a movement credited with slowing down the permit process for the crude oil project. The protesters chanted “Hey, Obama! [...]


Ask the experts: Alternative energy

We heard both candidates discuss alternative energy at this week’s presidential debate in Denver. President Obama said, “we’ve got to look at the energy sources of the future, like wind and solar and biofuels, and make those investments.” The support for alternative energy sources, however, is not universal. Need to Know asked leading experts in [...]


Alternative energy noticeably absent from 2012 campaign

Renewable energy, a key part of President Obama’s platform in 2008, has been absent from the national conversation this election season.


  The case against nuclear power

Maria Hinojosa interviews Damon Moglen, Climate and Energy Director for Friends of the Earth, who says nuclear power will not solve our country’s energy and environmental problems.


Inkjet printing solar panels: cheap and almost green

Solar energy is one of the easiest and greenest of the renewable energy sources, but its high price is holding it back. One of the most promising new research developments involves printing thinner, cheaper panels with an inkjet.


Is a nuclear renaissance possible?

Will nuclear power itself be a casualty of the tragic events in Japan? Robert Fri explains how we can, and why we should, keep it in the mix.


  Invisible lines: The dangers of natural gas pipelines

Need to Know presents the work of Brett Shipp, an award-winning reporter for WFAA in Dallas, who investigated the cause of a fatal natural gas pipeline explosion in June.

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