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Coal Country’s Power Plants Are Turning Away From Coal

Coal is on the defensive in the nation’s power industry. Even in coal country. The pressure to shift more of the country’s electric supply to renewable sources is not just a rallying cry for environmentalists. Some of the power industry’s biggest customers, like General Motors and Microsoft, have made a ...

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In Which We Literally Calculate the Power of the Force

I have a tradition of doing a little analysis on one of my favorite movie franchises to celebrate Star Wars Day (May the Fourth Be With You). Given that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story recently appeared on DVD and various streaming services, I think its OK to look at that film ...

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The Murky Future of Nuclear Power in the United States

By DIANE CARDWELL February 18, 2017 This was supposed to be America’s nuclear century. The Three Mile Island meltdown was two generations ago. Since then, engineers had developed innovative designs to avoid the kinds of failures that devastated Fukushima in Japan. The United States government was earmarking billions of dollars for a ...

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Tesla Gives the California Power Grid a Battery Boost

By DIANE CARDWELL January 30, 2017 Just off a freeway in Southern California, 396 refrigerator-size stacks of Tesla batteries, encased in white metal, have been hastily erected with a new mission: to suck up electricity from the grid during the day and feed it back into the system as needed, especially in ...

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Off Long Island, Wind Power Tests the Waters

By DIANE CARDWELL January 21, 2017 Only a few years ago, the long-held dream of harnessing the strong, steady gusts off the Atlantic coast to make electricity seemed destined to remain just that. Proposals for offshore wind farms foundered on the shoals of high costs, regulatory hurdles and the fierce opposition of ...

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With Trump in Power, the Fed Gets Ready for a Reckoning

WASHINGTON — Paul A. Volcker, the Federal Reserve chairman, received an urgent warning two weeks after Ronald Reagan won the 1980 presidential election. Some of the president-elect’s advisers, he was told, wanted to abolish the central bank and replace it with a computer program that would manage interest rates and ...

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Michel Aoun Rises to Lebanese Presidency, Ending Power Vacuum

BEIRUT, Lebanon — Michel Aoun, a charismatic retired general, polarizing Christian politician and ally to Hezbollah, was chosen president of Lebanon on Monday morning, ending a two-and-a-half-year vacuum that had tested the country’s ability to function without political leadership. Mr. Aoun, 81, has developed a fervent political base of supporters ...

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