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PREPA's Central Palo Seco power station in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The utility's bondholders want to raise rates. That's a challenge when the median income is about half that of Mississippi, yet the U.S. territory's energy costs are among the highest in the nation. Alvin Baez-Hernandez/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Power Problems: Puerto Rico's Electric Utility Faces Crippling Debt

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A flag bearing the logo of Royal Dutch Shell flies outside the head office in The Hague, Netherlands. The energy company said Wednesday that it has agreed to buy gas producer BG Group for $70 billion. Peter Dejong/AP hide caption

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Parts of the subway system were shut down in the city of Bursa when a major power outage hit cities and provinces across Turkey on Tuesday. Anadolu Agency / Getty Images hide caption

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At Resource Management's materials recovery facility, workers pull plastic bags, other trash and large pieces of cardboard off the conveyor belts before the mixed single-stream recyclables enter the sorting machines. Véronique LaCapra/St. Louis Public Radio hide caption

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With 'Single-Stream' Recycling, Convenience Comes At A Cost

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A platform owned by Mexico's state-run oil company Pemex is seen off the Bay of Campeche in the Gulf of Mexico. The country has recently opened up its energy sector to foreign investors. Victor Ruiz/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Excitement Over Mexico's Shale Fizzles As Reality Sets In

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Renewable energy sources — such as the Eolo wind park about 75 miles south of the Nicaraguan capital, Managua — generate about half of the country's electricity. Officials predict that figure could rise to 80 percent within years. Inti Ocon/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Nicaragua's Renewable Energy Revolution Picks Up Steam

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Proponents of the terminal plan say it would bring economic development to the Vancouver area, just across the Columbia River from Portland, Ore. Conrad Wilson/OPB News hide caption

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Northwest Oil Terminal Plan Would Mean Jobs — And More Oil Trains

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Opponents of fracking protested in January at the inauguration of Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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Fracking Opponents Feel Police Pressure In Some Drilling Hotspots

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Miller Farm, the terminus of Van Syckel's pipeline, in 1868. The oil was pumped to Miller Farm and then transported by railroad. Drake Well Museum/Courtesy of PHMC hide caption

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

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An oil well in Garden City, Texas. With prices plunging, oil companies are laying off thousands of workers. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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As Oil Prices Tank, Firms Large And Small Feel The Pain

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A functioning oil rig sits in front of the capital building in Oklahoma City, Okla. The oil industry is an important employer in the state, but officials are concerned a technique used to dispose of wastewater from oil extraction is behind a surge in earthquakes here. Frank Morris/KCUR hide caption

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With Quakes Spiking, Oil Industry Is Under The Microscope In Oklahoma

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Elizabeth Ebinger in Maplewood, N.J., bought her solar panels, while neighbor Tim Roebuck signed a 20-year lease. Both are happy with the approach they took, and both are saving money on energy bills. Jeff Brady/NPR hide caption

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The Great Solar Panel Debate: To Lease Or To Buy?

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Tracy Perryman is production manager for his family's small oil company in Luling, Texas. B.J.P. Inc. owns 116 wells that, combined, produce about 100 barrels a day. John Burnett/NPR hide caption

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Planning Through Oil Booms Helps Small Producers Weather The Busts

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Susan and Bill Dunavan own 80 acres of land in York County. Melissa Block/NPR hide caption

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Listen To Part 1

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Casa Dominique is an ecolodge on Lanzarote's northern coast. Julie Genicot, a French trekking guide, has lived in Lanzarote since her grandparents opened the Casa Dominique when she was a child. She worries that offshore oil drilling might ruin the natural environment she grew up in. Lauren Frayer/NPR hide caption

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Sun, Sand And Offshore Drilling In Spain's Famed Canary Islands

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