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Watch Bill Nye Shred a Climate Denying Congresswoman

Watch Bill Nye Shred a Climate Denying Congresswoman
Bill Nye the Science Guy has no patience with climate deniers like Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn (R-TN), whom he faced off with on a recent segment of CBS’s Meet The Press. Blackburn blithely dismissed his contention that climate change is real. Then Nye stepped in.
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Groundbreaking Study Finds Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites

Groundbreaking Study Finds Cancer-Causing Air Pollution Near Fracking Sites
The air quality near fracking sites and other gas and oil operations may not be safe to breathe, according to a new study Air Concentrations of Volatile Compounds Near Oil and Gas Production: A Community-Based Exploratory Study, published today in the journal Environmental Health.
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In Pennsylvania Governor's Race, Environmential Issues of Fracking a No-Show

In Pennsylvania Governor's Race, Environmential Issues of Fracking a No-Show
Fracking has become a prominent issue in this year's Pennsylvania gubernatorial election, energizing ads, debates and campaign appearances.
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'Business as Usual for Big Oil—Particularly in the Tar Sands—is Over'

'Business as Usual for Big Oil—Particularly in the Tar Sands—is Over'
The growing tide of tar sands resistance—seen in blockades, tree sits, petitions, education efforts and calls to divest—is having a measurable negative impact on the bottom line of the tar sands industry, according to a new report, prompting researchers to declare that "business as usual for tar sands is over."
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Against the Trend: Oil's Loss is Solar's Gain

Against the Trend: Oil's Loss is Solar's Gain
Usually gas prices falling are a bad thing for solar, pricing the renewable source way above the old standby. But a funny thing has happened: technological efficiencies have made solar just about comparable, regardless.
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Keystone XL Will Fail Obama's Climate Test If Plunge in Oil Prices Persists

Keystone XL Will Fail Obama's Climate Test If Plunge in Oil Prices Persists
Will crude oil prices go low enough and for long enough to become the final nails in the coffin of the Keystone XL pipeline? The answer just might be yes—but not for the reasons that might be assumed.
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Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska

Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska
Ridgeline wind continues to be controversial, and offshore wind comes with its own set of on-site issues, including a much higher installation cost. However, if America is ever going to replace fossil fuels with clean alternatives, wind has to be part of the mix. Some innovative designers and engineers have come up with a solution worthy of Jules Verne: floating turbines.
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Is Your Child’s School Near a Chemical Plant?

Is Your Child’s School Near a Chemical Plant?
In the early evening of April 17, 2013, a fertilizer storage and distribution facility on the small town of West, Texas, blew up, killing 15 people, injuring 160 more and leveling much of the town. The plant was last inspected by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) in 1985. The company had apparently failed to report the amount of dangerous ammonium nitrate the facility stored.
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South Florida Wants to Split, Become 51st State Over Climate Change

South Florida Wants to Split, Become 51st State Over Climate Change
Some may remember a politically motivated proposal to split California into six separate states floated earlier this year. That was basically a proposal by a wealthy venture capitalist for the rich areas to take their ball and go home, leaving the poorer areas to fend for themselves.
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Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned

Wind and Solar Create More Jobs When They’re Locally Owned
At last month’s People’s Climate March, among the most popular signs were ones supporting renewable energy like wind and solar as the best way to avoid a climate catastrophe. And because of the urgency of the situation, it’s easy to think that we should be building up renewables as much as we can.
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