If you thought that the nation's electrical grid was designed to prevent a single, localized malfunction from triggering a blackout for millions of people, you'd be right.But that didn't prevent that exact event from happening Thursday in San Diego, parts of Arizona and Mexico's Baja peninsula.
A Department of Energy panel hopes new recommendations — if implemented — will restore the public's trust in hydraulic fracturing or "fracking" for natural gas.In the last few years, franking has brought new life to old gas fields around the country.
Drive through northern Pennsylvania and you'll see barns, cows, silos and drilling rigs perched on big, concrete pads.Pennsylvania is at the center of a natural gas boom. New technology is pushing gas out of huge shale deposits underground.
Earlier this month, Prime Minister Naoto Kan said something few expected ever to hear from a Japanese leader: He called for the country to become a society that “can do without atomic energy.” Daniel Aldrich, a Japan expert and political science professor at Purdue University, dissects the statement
Second in a two-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear waste. Read Part 1Diablo Canyon nuclear power plant on California's central coast has more than 1,300 tons of nuclear waste sitting on its back porch, waiting for pickup.
First in a three-part series about the long-term storage of nuclear wasteAt least two dozen countries around the globe get energy from nuclear power, yet not one has been able to pull off a permanent disposal site.
The federal government pays oil companies about $6 billion a year to blend ethanol into your gasoline; it's been subsidizing ethanol for 33 years now. But any agreement in Washington to raise the debt ceiling will most likely include a plan to cut that subsidy off.