Telecommuter economy

Technology | Online shopping and home offices have contributed to a significant U.S. energy savings
by Michael Cochrane
Posted 2/15/18, 03:00 pm

A decade ago, Americans might have admitted to feeling a bit guilty about doing their Christmas shopping online. Not anymore. It appears the shift toward increased online shopping has done more than merely save time during the busy holiday season: According to new research, online shopping, video streaming, and work-from-home arrangements have together led to a decrease in Americans’ use of energy.

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Trump administration proposes offshore drilling expansion

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 1/05/18, 10:46 am

The White House on Thursday moved to vastly expand offshore drilling from the Atlantic to the Arctic oceans. The new five-year drilling plan also could open up federal waters off the California coast for the first time in more than three decades. It could also allow new oil and gas exploration off the East Coast from Georgia to Maine, where the government has blocked drilling. The plan would let private companies access 90 percent of the nation’s offshore reserves. Critics, including some Republican lawmakers, say new drilling puts the environment at risk.

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Associated Press/Photo by Steve Earley/The Virginian-Pilot

Lawsuits filed over N.C. power outage that ruined vacations

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 8/01/17, 12:29 pm

A construction company blamed for a crippling power outage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks faces lawsuits from businesses that are suffering during peak tourist season. PCL Construction damaged three electric cables Thursday while working on a replacement bridge over the Oregon Inlet. All power to Hatteras and Ocracoke islands went out, causing authorities to evacuate about 50,000 tourists. ABC 11 in Raleigh, N.C., reported it could be another six to 10 days before the power is restored.

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