Food, energy, water. The nexus of these three elements are the crux of communities around the world. How we preserve and care for water will determine the future of our civilization.

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As the shale revolution has rapidly expanded, earthquakes have followed development. What is the source of this seismic activity and are there solutions that can mitigate the downsides.

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The future of the energy landscape is changing domestically, but what is the trajectory for countries with fewer resources and regulatory capacity than western nations?

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As the shale revolution continues, the development of markets for natural gas have exploded around the world. The technology and innovation that make this global market run are evolving every day, changing the way energy is bought and sold.

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What happens when energy development reaches a corner of the world that doesn’t have the infrastructure or institutional capacity to manage the process? What challenges do they face and how can they avoid the pitfalls of the resource curse?

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Methane is more than 80x as powerful compared to CO2 as a greenhouse gas over a 20 year period. Can we fix the leaks and gain the upside of natural gas as an interim fuel between coal, oil, and a low carbon economy?

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The debate over nuclear power is a hotly contested one. Opponents cite old and still important challenges like safety of citizens from atomic radiation, security of nuclear material, and the remaining waste product produced by nuclear power. Some of these issues had almost been forgotten by the public until the explosion of Fukushima Daiichi, a […]

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In light of recent events and the constant evolution of the discussion around energy and its impact on our environment and our civilization, we have updated two episodes at the center of this discussion.

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I’m sure I’m not the only one who gets mad when I’m watching the presidential debates. The candidates’ puerile anger and teenager-style bickering can be maddening (though, admittedly, highly entertaining).

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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Energy isn’t just facts and numbers. It intersects our lives everyday, affecting how we experience the world. While many of us see the benefits of energy first hand, from our consumption and utilization of it to make our lives easier, some people experience the production, acquisition and transportation of energy in their communities. The Energy […]

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With the challenges and opportunities set before us in Canada Energy 101, this episode looks at how this massive country with its plentiful resources can manage its exports, lead in low-carbon innovation, and move towards a cleaner energy future.

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Canada is one of the most energy-rich countries on Earth. It is also one of the highest users of energy per capita in the world. We take a look at this resource-rich country to find out what energy sources it uses, how they are consumed, and explore the basics of energy use in modern civilization.

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Meet Melissa Morris, an engineer who works for Shell Oil in the Eagle Ford shale formation in South Texas. Melissa works with teams on the ground to ensure quality control, safety, and stewardship. Follow her as she travels to rig sites and fracture pads to bring resources to market.

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Meet Ed Whittingham, director of the Pembina Institute, and environmental NGO in Canada. Ed and his team work day in and day out to provide a voice for environmental interests in Canada and North America. Follow Ed as he goes throughout his day meeting with journalists, politicians, and industry representatives.

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It’s pretty hard to look around these days and not see something created with or transported by energy. Companies around the world are looking to reduce their negative impact on communities, increase their environmental stewardship efforts, as well as making a profit. New Belgium brewery in Fort Collins, CO is doing just that and were […]

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A continuation of the conversation started in “Shale Gas 101” from the first season of Rational Middle Energy videos, “Shale Gas 201” discusses the ways natural gas can contribute to the recovery of the economy from the Great Recession, as well as taking a look at the relationship between renewables and gas now and in […]

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What comes to mind when we think about renewables? Wind turbines spinning in a field, solar panels on a rooftop. But there’s much more to a cleaner energy future than these images in our mind. Creating a renewables-based energy future will take a lot of time, resources, and commitment. This episode highlights the benefits and […]

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Many times, changing the energy system can seem daunting with discussions about policy, industry standards, mandates, and foreign affairs. This episode looks the most effective ways to date each of us can make a difference in our homes, and in our daily lives to reduce our consumption of energy and the impacts that can stem […]

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The path to a clean energy future is paved with small moves that result in big outcomes. We take a look at several promising directions for the future of transportation – from efficiency of the internal combustion engine, to natural gas vehicles, the electric motor, mass transit, and beyond.

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