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John Hoffman, a Force in Energy Efficiency, Dies at 62

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Tue, 10/16/2012 (All day)
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Energy

John Hoffman, who helped shape an international treaty in the 1980s to protect the ozone layer and later developed the Energy Star program, a widely recognized government stamp of approval for energy-efficient products, died on Sept. 24 in Washington. He was 62.

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Energy Facts, And A Few Fibs, On Display At Presidential Debate

Published: 
Tue, 10/16/2012 (All day)
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Energy

A question from a voter at Tuesday evening's town hall debate -- regarding whether it was within the purview of the government to control the price of gas -- sent President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney into a war of words over energy policy, and neither actually answered the question.

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Power, Pollution and the Internet

Published: 
Sat, 09/22/2012 (All day)
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Energy

SANTA CLARA, Calif. — Jeff Rothschild’s machines at Facebook had a problem he knew he had to solve immediately. They were about to melt.

The company had been packing a 40-by-60-foot rental space here with racks of computer servers that were needed to store and process information from members’ accounts. The electricity pouring into the computers was overheating Ethernet sockets and other crucial components.

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Romney energy plan: More drilling, fewer rules. What could go wrong?

Published: 
Thu, 08/23/2012 (All day)
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Energy

Imagine a world where the U.S. can produce most of its own energy and no longer rely on the Middle East and elsewhere for oil. You may say Mitt Romney is a dreamer, but he hopes he's not the only one.

The Republican presidential candidate has unveiled a plan that he says will bring about energy independence by 2020. You heard that right: total energy independence in just a few short years.

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Troubles at a 1960s-Era Nuclear Plant in California May Hint at the Future

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Thu, 07/05/2012 - 12:15pm

SAN ONOFRE STATE BEACH, Calif. — More than seven million people live within 50 miles of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is about halfway between Los Angeles and San Diego. But for decades, residents here largely accepted, if not exactly embraced, the hulking nuclear plant perched on the cliffs above this popular surfing beach as a necessary part of keeping the lights on in a state that uses more electricity than all of Argentina.