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The world is going to burn through 53 percent more energy by 2035, and despite all the hype surrounding renewable energy, much of that will still come from fossil fuels, according to a new annual report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The EIA projects with its new report that total world energy use will rise to a mind-boggling 770 quadrillion Btu in 2035, up from 505 quadrillion Btu in 2008.

"In 2008, China and India combined accounted for 21 percent of total world energy consumption," according to a press statement that came out with the key findings of the International Energy Outlook 2011 on Monday.

"With strong economic growth in both countries over the projection period, their combined energy use more than doubles by 2035, when they account for 31 percent of world energy use in the IEO2011 Reference case. In 2035, China's energy demand is 68 percent higher than the U.S. energy demand."

The chart below splits up energy usage between countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development, "non-OECD-Asia" and "the rest of the world." The OECD is made up of 34 countries, and is composed of the more mature, affluent and developed Western economies.

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One of the biggest personalities in New York politics wasn't going to let one of the biggest names in Republican politics show up in his neighborhood without stealing a little of the limelight.

Rep. Charlie Rangel (D-NY) crashed a hush-hush visit between Rick Perry and some Hispanic Republicans in New York, Ben Smith reports.

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Updated 9:10 am ET, Tuesday, September 20 In a move that would surely make any parent, teacher, boss or basically any other authority raise their eyebrows in disbelief, the University of Maryland School of Business published a study Monday asserting that Facebook has added at least 182,000 full-time jobs and $12.19 billion in wages and benefits to the American economy as of this year.

To put that in a bit of context, the U.S. economy created no new jobs in August, 117,000 jobs in July and has added about 872,000 jobs since the beginning of the year, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Meanwhile, unemployment has hovered close to 9 percent since January and is likely to remain that way into the 2012 election, according to the White House's Office of Management and Budget.

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Former World Wrestling Entertainment CEO Linda McMahon, who ran unsuccessfully as the Republican nominee in the 2010 Connecticut Senate race, will announce on Tuesday her much-expected campaign for 2012, for the seat being vacated by Democrat-aligned independent Joe Lieberman.

McMahon will face a primary against former Rep. Chris Shays. A recent Quinnipiac poll showed McMahon leading Shays by 15 points for the primary -- but then trailing both of the prominent Democratic candidates, Rep. Chris Murphy and former Connecticut Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz.

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By Emily Gertz

Take the pride on display at a classic American county fair. Mix in a big helping of happy enthusiasm for science, and fold in some "hey, why not?" attitude. Top it all off with a joyful embrace of the absurd.

What you get is Maker Faire, an annual series of family-friendly sci-tech-engineering festivals held in cities around the country. The fest exists to celebrate and expand the "maker" (sometimes called "hacker") movement of DIY electronics and open-source technology.

This year's festival in New York City, held September 17-18, was only the city's second. The maker (read: hobby or semi-pro electronics) scene has emerged relatively recently in NYC, compared to cities like Boston, San Francisco and Austin.

But what Gotham may have lacked in early adopter cred, it has made up by being home to three unique and influential alterna-tech entities, all present at the Maker Faire: the Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, a non-profit incubator for cutting edge media art; NYU's graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program (ITP), which trains communications professionals and artists alike in innovating with digital and electronic technologies; and Etsy, arguably the leading online marketplace for craftspeople and independent artists to sell their goods to the general public.

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Buoyed by the Senate's recent promise of continued federal funding, NASA announced Monday that it was conducting tests on a critical component of the James Webb Space Telescope, the $8.7 billion replacement for the Hubble Space Telescope, due to be launched in 2018.

But professional astronomers remain concerned that the estimated cost of the telescope, which has ballooned from an original $5 billion, could sabotage its overall chances for success. After all, the House Appropriations Committee introduced legislation that would defund the project in July.

"Now is not the time to cut scientific research, which remains a vital driver for the long term economic success of our nation, especially in the high-tech fields supported by NASA," said Kevin Marvel, executive officer of the American Astronomical Society, a nonprofit advocacy group that represents the nation's astronomers, in an email to Idea Lab on Monday.

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Depending on when you ask him, Sen. David Vitter (R-LA) thinks the Department of Energy's loan guarantees program is either "crony capitalism" or "a catalyst for job creation."

The Republican senator known for weathering the 2007 D.C. Madam prostitution scandal has been gleefully partaking in the conservative pile-on over the White House's support for the failed solar panel maker Solyndra. The company received a $535-million loan guarantee from the Department of Energy in 2009, which was backed by stimulus funds.

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The New York Daily News has a shocking new report out on the financial health of the nation: the squeegee men are back in NYC as an 'in-your-windshield reminder of the 9%-plus unemployment and the highest rate of poverty in 27 years.'

The paper spotted a team of 5 men hustling cars near Times Square and jumped on the chance to snag an exclusive interview. 'The city isn't doing anything to help these men get jobs,' said Sheila, the wife of one of the squeegee men. 'The city chases them away and harasses them instead of helping them get work. We got no other place to go but here, making money out in the streets.'

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