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  • Superpower: One Man's Quest to Transform American Energy

    The book, Superpower, uncovered and reported for the first time ways that Tennessee politicians and Tennessee Valley Authority officials were working clandestinely to stop a major renewable energy project. Through interviews and documents, many obtained through FOIA requests, the book showed how incumbent utilities and their political allies could collaborate to slow the growth of renewable energy in order to preserve political power.
  • Clash in the name of care

    With “Clash in the name of care,” the Globe’s Spotlight Team exposed an open secret at American hospitals: doctors sometimes start a second operation before the first is finished, meaning that patients are, in effect, sharing their surgeon. And the Globe found one remarkably consistent pattern in its investigation: patients seldom know, depriving them of a chance to say “no” beforehand. http://apps.bostonglobe.com/spotlight/clash-in-the-name-of-care/story/?p1=Clash_Landing_to-story
  • Danger on the Rails

    “Why are the trains exploding?” That’s the question The Wall Street Journal set out to answer as a series of trains full of North Dakota oil erupted into fireballs and created fear in cities far from U.S. wellheads. The Journal’s groundbreaking investigation identified the source of the problem and guided federal and state regulators to solutions. Though crude oil is a hazardous substance that makes a mess when it leaks, it does not usually ignite into towers of flame. The energy industry denied that oil from North Dakota’s Bakken Shale was unusual in any way. The Journal team nonetheless located and analyzed data showing that Bakken crude was far more combustible than conventional oil.
  • Charged Up: Texas may face a glut of electricity, but that won't aid rest of U.S. Pride and policy make state a magnet for power plants and an island unto itself. A wire enshrined in Lucite.

    According to the article, "Texas' wide-open spaces and relatively weak zoning and environmental rules have helped make the Lone Star state a magnet for power-generation companies as it prepares to deregulate its electricity market next year. The result: Texas' electricity-production capacity this summer is expected to exceed its peak power demand by 11,000 megawatts--nearly enough to light up New York City."
  • Hazard from Below: Abandoned Oil Wells in Texas

    This three-part series examines the crumbling infrastructure of Texas' once-thriving oil and gas industry, detailing how government oversight and corporate welfare contributed to massive ecological devastation in the face of economic decline. "Over the last century, there have been between 700,000 and 1 million oil and gas wells drilled in Texas.... Abandoned, unplugged and leaking wells litter the state. If not properly plugged, they become perfect pathways for saltwater and other toxic fluids found deep underground to pollute groundwater aquifers..."
  • The bottom line on charity galas

    The reporter used 990s from charity galas in San Antonio to find out which galas spent money freely and which made sure most of the ticket cost went to the charity.
  • Sierra Blanca: The Dumping Ground

    The Express News investigates the state government's plan to build a low-level radioactive waste dump in West Texas. They uncovered several scientific problems with the site as well as the political chicanery that forced the dump into a politically marginal community.
  • Danger on the Rails

    The series examined why Union Pacific was having so many fatal and otherwise serious accidents. The dangerous situation continues despite the fact that the federal government has identified many of the factors that make modern railroading unsafe. The stories show that Union Pacific was handling unprecedented amounts of freight with fewer workers. Engineers and conductors were forced to work 70 to 80 hour weeks, often in irregular shifts. The train dispatchers were overworked and not allowed to familiarize themselves with the track. Other basic safety measures, like brake tests, were being ignored. The series also addressed why Union Pacific's operations were plagued by gridlock and showed cost saving moves brought out in their plan to merge with Southern Pacific.