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  In the coal: The Upper Big Branch disaster

John Larson reports on coal mine safety, focusing on the West Virginia mine explosion that the U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration calls “the worst mining disaster in almost 40 years.”


Energy’s silver buckshot

No single technology is going to solve the nation’s energy problems, but a scattershot approach can work, writes Robert Fri. And there is surprising consensus among those in research.


Give me one good reason for a new energy policy

General Electric’s CEO wants a new energy policy, and so do the rest of us. And many presidents have promised one. Robert Fri asks: What’s the holdup?


Legacy of waste: The high cost of nuclear power

As the Obama administration puts nuclear power at the center of its energy agenda, Need to Know explores the decades of indecision about what to do with nuclear waste.


How many energy efficiency experts does it take to change a light bulb?

A recent study shows that homeowners, through their energy decisions, can determine almost 40 percent of the nation’s carbon dioxide emissions. Robert Fri asks: but why is it so hard to buy a simple light bulb that does what you need it to?


Awash in natural gas?

Full-page ads promising “clean, domestic and abundant energy” don’t tell the whole story about natural gas, writes Robert Fri. Promising, yes, but it won’t solve all our energy problems.


  Hope and sacrifice

In this essay, Jon Meacham considers how past presidents have inspired national sacrifice — and what’s needed to revive hope for the present.

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