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GE: Say Goodbye to CFLs, Hello to LEDs

Company is phasing out curly compact fluorescents

(Newser) - Valentine's Day is just a couple of weeks away, but there's a big split making headlines. "GE is breaking up with compact fluorescent lamps" is how General Electric broke the news in a Monday release on its latest development: It will phase out compact fluorescent lights, or... More »

Obama Puts New Obstacle in Coal Industry's Way

President to announce stop to new coal-mining leases on federal land

(Newser) - During his SOTU address Tuesday, President Obama forewarned he'd "push to change the way we manage our oil and coal resources." Today, part of that blueprint is set to become more clear, with an expected announcement by the president to stop all new coal-mining leases on public... More »

Lots of Christmas Lights? Your WiFi Signal May Suffer

But plenty of other devices cause interference, too

(Newser) - All those Christmas lights strung about might make your holidays bright, but they might also hamper your ability to binge-watch Netflix vis-a-vis a weakened WiFi signal. So warns British telecom watchdog Ofcom , which describes a decent Internet connection as the fourth essential service, ranking right up there with gas, electricity,... More »

Energy Giant: We Found 'Largest Ever' Gas Field

Eni says it's made a major find in 'deep water' off Egypt

(Newser) - The Italian energy company Eni SpA announced today it has discovered a "supergiant" natural gas field off Egypt, describing it as the "largest-ever" found in the Mediterranean Sea. The news came a day after Eni CEO Claudio Descalzi met in Cairo with Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi, the Egyptian... More »

This Now Exists: Fat-Infused Water

In southern California, bottled water mixed with coconut oil goes for $3.95

(Newser) - Remember that guy who started the Bulletproof Coffee fad , where people add butter and oil to their cups of joe in the hopes of losing weight? Well he's at it again, this time with what the Silicon Valley techie calls "a disruptive technology for beverages," reports the... More »

China to Build a Direct Path to Indian Ocean

Chinese to announce $45B investment in Pakistani energy, infrastructure

(Newser) - China doesn't touch the Indian Ocean, but it soon intends to have access to it. Chinese president Xi Jinping is currently on a two-day trip to Pakistan to finalize a big investment in its links with its neighbor: $45 billion to be spent on energy and infrastructure projects, the... More »

Short Circuit at Ukraine Nuclear Plant Cuts Power

Country is quick to emphasize that there's no danger

(Newser) - A short circuit at a nuclear plant in Ukraine zapped electricity production, but the country was quick to emphasize that the glitch posed no danger, the AP reports. New energy minister Volodymyr Demchyshyn insisted today, per Reuters , that he's doing what he can to speed things up so Ukrainians... More »

Keystone Vote Fails in Senate

Mary Landrieu falls one vote shy of the necessary 60

(Newser) - President Obama won't have to make a decision about whether to veto the Keystone XL oil pipeline this year. A bill to send the measure to his desk failed to get the necessary 60 votes in the Senate this evening, reports AP . Democrat Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, facing a... More »

House Keystone Vote Wasn't Really About Pipeline

Louisiana's Senate runoff could hang in balance

(Newser) - The big news out of Congress today is that the House passed a bill to authorize the building of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. In terms of getting the pipeline built, the vote doesn't mean much, observes the New York Times . But in terms of the Senate runoff in... More »

Explosive Methane Lake Becoming a Power Source

US company building plant that could almost double Rwanda's energy supply

(Newser) - A US company and the Rwandan government think they can turn an infamous lake from a time bomb into a power battery. Lake Kivu is loaded with a mix of methane and carbon dioxide that, if disturbed, could cause a disastrous explosion or "lake overturn," sending waves of... More »

Environmentalists Happy as White House Delays Keystone Decision

It will likely wait until after the midterm elections

(Newser) - The White House was supposed to wrap up its review of the proposed Keystone oil pipeline in another two weeks. But in a surprise move today, the administration announced that the review would be extended indefinitely—and probably until after the November elections, reports the Wall Street Journal . The White... More »

We Need to Make Fracking Companies Tell Us More

Debate is too much in the dark: Gretchen Goldman

(Newser) - For as big a role as fracking plays in US energy production , the national conversation about it is sadly lacking, writes Gretchen Goldman at LiveScience . For that, blame the companies involved in the hunt for natural gas—along with inept government agencies, writes Goldman, an environmental engineer with the Union... More »

Obama to Unveil $2B Energy Research Plan

He'd shift revenue from oil and gas leases to pay for it

(Newser) - President Obama wants to get the country off of fossil fuels—using the oil companies' own money. President Obama will today unveil a plan to pump $2 billion into alternative energy research over the next decade, diverting the money from federal oil and gas leases, the New York Times reports.... More »

Nebraska OKs Route for Keystone Pipeline

Obama will have 'stark' choice soon, says one blogger

(Newser) - The controversial and long-delayed Keystone XL oil pipeline just cleared a major hurdle: Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman says the state is fine with an alternative route that avoids an environmentally fragile area knows as the Sand Hills, reports NPR . (Read his full letter to President Obama here .) Nebraska's... More »

As US Electricity Use Stalls, Utilities Scramble

Household use to expand just 0.7% per year: feds

(Newser) - Sure, you're attached at the hip to your iPad and like to crank your air conditioner, but electricity guzzling isn't what it used to be in the US. In the middle of the 20th century, electricity use grew about 8% yearly; now, it's set to expand just... More »

Paris Weighs Ban to Darken City of Lights

Rule would require lights off between 1am and 7am

(Newser) - Paris may have to come up with a new nickname, because a proposed new rule from France's minister for energy and environment would ban lights in and around stores and other public buildings between 1am and 7am. The energy-saving ban, scheduled to take effect in July, would affect the... More »

Empire State Building Dazzles With New Lights

New, eco-friendly LED lights wow New Yorkers

(Newser) - In the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, as most of New York slept, something big and bright lit up the Manhattan skyline for just seconds, a tightly held secret to all but a handful of people. It was a tiny test for the huge public surprise four days later: the... More »

US Will Be World's Top Oil Producer by 2020: Report

And green energy could surpass fossil fuels by 2035

(Newser) - Hello, energy independence: The US will become the world's top oil producer by 2020 and require almost no foreign energy by 2035, according to a new International Energy Agency report. The agency bases its daring prediction on the rise in output caused by new technologies like fracking, the LA ... More »

US CO2 Emissions Dive to 20-Year Low

Cheap natural gas has made a huge difference

(Newser) - America's carbon emissions have, amazingly, dropped to levels near where they would be in an alternate reality where President Al Gore signed the Kyoto Protocol. Emissions of the greenhouse gas are at their lowest in 20 years and government officials say the dramatic fall is thanks to cheap natural... More »

Air Conditioners Aren't Evil

Daniel Engber: So ease up on the 'hipster sanctimony'

(Newser) - Feel a twinge of guilt as you jack up the air conditioning? Daniel Engber at Slate would be happy to absolve you. He's tired of the holier-than-thou attitude of those (he calls them the "brrr-geoisie") who view A/C units as an evil symbol of modern society. They... More »

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