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Peabody Coal signs sweetheart deal with government to expand existing mine

Peabody is paying the feds 25 cents per ton for coal that's likely to sell for $35 per ton. Hope they can eke out a profit!

Climate & Energy

BP, still working out the kinks in this ‘fuel distribution’ thing, recalls gasoline

Excessive residue in gasoline from a refinery in Indiana could screw with the cars of 7,000 unlucky consumers.

Climate & Energy

Mixed blessing: U.S. power demand will stay flat for a while

We won't use the amount of electricity we thought we'd be using in 2019 until 2030, according to a new forecast.

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10-year-old’s petition convinces Jamba Juice to stop using styrofoam

Fifth-grader Mia Hansen collected over 130,000 signatures, and the smoothie giant agreed to phase out styrofoam by 2013.

Climate & Energy

If you’re building a power plant and it isn’t natural gas, you’re not trendy

And if you're building one that burns oil? Graduate into the 20th century, pops.

Climate & Energy

One way to stop coal mining: Cut off the water

Sunrise Coal's plan for a new Illinois mine is being held up by concerns over water use -- bad luck in a drought year.

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This robot has the most swagger of any robot you’ve seen

Yeah, I think I’m comfortable with this country’s research funding going towards developing android swaggerbots. As far as I’m concerned, this could be DARPA’s greatest achievement since the internet.

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Starbucks is turning leftover scones and coffee grounds into useful stuff like plastic

The company is hoping they can come up with something a little more creative and sustainable than the current plan of incineration, composting, or disposal.

Climate & Energy

Yet another ship makes it through the ice-light Northwest Passage

Little did European explorers know that they only had to burn a shit ton of coal and then wait a bit in order to discover the fabled route.