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An Oregon City Braces For Legal Pot To Drive Up Electricity Costs

OPB | Feb. 27, 2015 2:15 p.m. | Ashland, Oregon

Oregon's city and county leaders are scrambling to understand how electricity supplies will be affected by power-hogging indoor marijuana growers after recreational pot becomes legal in the state.

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Obama Talks Oil-Train Safety In Oregon Television Interview

AP | Feb. 27, 2015 7:23 a.m.

President Barack Obama said the federal government plans to strengthen regulations regarding oil train safety.

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Remaining Hanford Cleanup Cost Estimated At $110 Billion

AP | Feb. 25, 2015 10:59 a.m.

The Energy Department estimates it will cost $110 billion to finish environmental cleanup work at the Hanford nuclear reservation.

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Even Pickaxes Couldn't Stop The Nation's First Oil Pipeline

NPR | Feb. 24, 2015 5:20 p.m.

The debate over Keystone XL is nothing compared to the battle over the nation's first commercial oil pipeline. It transformed how energy was transported forever — but not without sabotage and threats.

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Obama Vetoes Keystone XL Pipeline Bill

NPR | Feb. 24, 2015 1:40 p.m.

White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the GOP-controlled Congress had sent the bill to the White House this morning. Republicans do not appear to have enough votes to override the threatened veto.

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Gas Prices Rise in Oregon and Washington

AP | Feb. 23, 2015 10:17 a.m.

The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline is $2.46 in Oregon and $2.44 in Washington.

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Ports Increasingly Bustling Again After Tentative Labor Deal

AP | Feb. 23, 2015 7:51 a.m.

The seaports of the West Coast went from lagging to bustling over the weekend, a process that is expected to accelerate Monday in the wake of a tentative agreement between employers and dockworkers.

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Fuel-Hauling Trains Could Derail At 10 A Year

AP | Feb. 23, 2015 7:44 a.m.

The federal government predicts that trains hauling crude oil or ethanol will derail an average of 10 times a year over the next two decades, causing more than $4 billion in damage and possibly killing hundreds of people if an accident happens in a densely populated part of the U.S.

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Six Portland Schools To Add Rooftop Solar Panels

OPB | Feb. 20, 2015 4:07 p.m.

A half-dozen Portland school buildings are getting solar panels thanks to an agreement school and utility officials announced this week.

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Scientific Pros Weigh The Cons Of Messing With Earth's Thermostat

NPR | Feb. 20, 2015 12:20 p.m.

Studying techniques for engineering our way out of climate change would be helpful — and not the same as actually trying them, says a panel convened by the National Research Council.