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Global Energy and Innovations
What does the natural gas boom mean for renewable energy in the U.S. and how are other countries addressing their growing energy needs?

The rise of hydraulic fracturing of shale -- known as "fracking" -- has led to a revolution of cheaper, cleaner, natural gas. But, what does this gas boom mean for the development of renewable energy in the U.S.? And, how are countries like India and China determining the best mix of traditional, renewable and clean energies?

This month on America Abroad -- Global Energy and Innovations we'll hear about solar power in India, cleaner coal in China and the latest energy technologies being developed here at home.

Host Madeleine Brand and emeritus professor Henry Jacoby from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology discuss the impact that shale gas -- extracted by the method known as "fracking"-- has had on American energy policy.
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China is still heavily reliant on coal, despite investments in renewable energy sources like solar and hydropower. Reporter Jocelyn Ford takes us to a coal gasification plant outside of Beijing where one Chinese company is attempting to make coal cleaner.
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Reporter Curt Nickisch takes us to Cambridge, Massachusetts -- a U.S. energy innovation hub -- to learn about the latest developments in solar and nuclear power.
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The U.S. has a history as a leader in renewable energy, stretching from the hydroelectric projects of the New Deal to today's investments in wind and solar power. America Abroad explores how U.S. policies toward renewable energy have evolved.
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India has been traditionally dependent on coal as an energy source, but some parts of that country are hoping that solar can bring millions out of the dark. Reporter Bianca Vasquez Toness reports from Bangalore.
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Host Madeline Brand talks with former Shell president, John Hofmeister, Pew's Phyllis Cuttino, and Maggie Koerth-Baker, author of Before the Lights Go Out, about how the natural gas boom could act as a bridge to America's energy future, helping to modernize the energy grid to better accommodate renewable power sources.
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Featured Experts

Maggie Koerth-Baker
Maggie Koerth-Baker is the science editor at BoingBoing.net. She writes a monthly column for The New York Times Magazine and is the author of Before the Lights Go Out, a book about electricity, infrastructure, and the future of energy.
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Henry Jacoby
Henry Jacoby is an emeritus professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management, where he helps lead MIT’s research and analysis of national climate policies and the structure of the international climate regime.
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Global Energy and Innovations / Produced by Jocelyn Ford, Curt Nickish, Bianca Vazquez Toness and A.C. Valdez / Edited by Martha Little with additional production help from Flawn Williams / Web Producer: Philippa Levenberg / Photos via Flickr: pjmixer; djwtwo and AP photos: Bettmann/Corbis and Ajit Solanki.

Host: Madeline Brand/ Length: 51 minutes / Airdate: April 2013

This show was made possible through the generous support of Qatar Foundation International and the Stuart Family Foundation.

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