Energy

  • An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery and petrochemical complex in Baton Rouge, La.
    John W. Poole / NPR
    9:50am Jun 21, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

    The Standard Heights neighborhood sits next to the nation's second-largest gasoline refinery. Recently, residents learned a new truth about the plumes of exhaust they see every day: Exxon Mobil's aging refinery and petrochemical facilities — like many others — are pumping out far more pollution than the law allows.
  • 2:35pm Jun 20, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    The Business And Politics Of Air Quality Regulation

    In a speech in Germany Wednesday, President Barack Obama said it's time to take "bold action" on climate change. Many believe that major changes to policies on carbon emissions lie ahead, which would mean a host of new regulations for businesses.
  • 5:28am May 20, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Calif. Law To Require Ships To Cut Pollution

    California is about to become the first state to require shore power at its ports. A new law mandates at least half of a shipping line's fleet to shut down their diesel engines and plug into shore-side electric power when they unload their cargo. It's part of a larger effort to cut pollution at the state's busiest ports, but costs have been a sticking point.
  • 5:56am May 09, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Shell Digs Deep To Tap Into Lucrative Oil, Gas Reserves

    Royal Dutch Shell is pushing ahead with plans for the world's deepest offshore oil and gas production facility. It will be nearly two miles beneath the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. It is testing the bounds of the oil and gas industry's capability to drill ever deeper.
  • Wind turbines at the San Gorgonio Pass Wind Farm in Whitewater, Calif., in 2012.
    Bloomberg via Getty Images
    9:55pm Mar 27, 2013
    Science Science

    Is The Sky The Limit For Wind Power?

    Building huge turbine farms too close together might significantly reduce their power, some atmospheric scientists say. The problem is "wind shadow" — the turbulence created by one big cluster of turbines that steals wind from another cluster down the road.
  • 4:29pm Mar 12, 2013
    Economy Economy Environment

    As Natural Gas Creeps In, King Coal's Reign Fades

    Coal accounts for much of the world's energy supply, but the United States has seen a decline in coal production. The natural gas industry is booming in the U.S. and many in coal country fear for the future of their industry and their livelihood.
  • 12:50pm Mar 07, 2013
    National National Science

    BP Bows Out Of Solar, But Industry Outlook Still Sunny

    The energy giant says it has "thrown in the towel on solar." The industry has evolved since BP entered the ring, currently emphasizing cheap production rather than research and development. BP says it just wasn't making money, though it will continue investing in other renewable resources.