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The Cost of Fracking

Over the past decade, the oil and gas industry has fused two technologies – hydraulic fracturing and horizontal drilling – to unlock new supplies of fossil fuels in underground rock formations across the United States. “Fracking” has spread rapidly, leaving a trail of contaminated water, polluted air, and marred landscapes in its wake. In fact, a growing body of data indicates that fracking is an environmental and public health disaster in the making.

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Obama Finalizes Historic Clean Car Standards

Raleigh—The Obama administration finalized new clean car standards today that will double the fuel efficiency of cars and trucks over time, the largest single step the U.S. has ever taken to reduce oil dependence and cut carbon pollution.

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Environmental Groups, Businesses Unite Behind Atlantic Offshore Wind

Raleigh, North Carolina — Today, more than 215 environmentalists, conservationists, clean energy advocates, businesses, and local and state officials from up and down the Atlantic Coast united to call for bold action to accelerate the creation offshore wind. The coalition – which included 42 North Carolina signers from major environmental groups and businesses such as The Outer Banks Brewing Station and BN Design – released a letter to the Obama Administration in an effort to show strong support for efforts made to date and to urge continued strong action to develop offshore wind resources along the Atlantic.

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Charging Forward: The Emergence of Electric Vehicles and Their Role in Reducing Oil Consumption

America’s reliance on gasoline-powered vehicles has long contributed to air pollution, including global warming emissions, and our nation’s dependence on oil. In the past decade, however, the automobile market has begun to change, integrating new technologies that are dramatically less dependent on gasoline. Hybrid electric vehicles, powered in part by energy stored in a battery, have become increasingly popular.

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Electric Vehicles are Ready to Roll in North Carolina

With the right policies in place, plug-in vehicles can reduce oil dependence in North Carolina by 2,770,278 gallons per year, according to a new report released today by Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center.

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