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ALEC Continues Attack on Renewable Energy Policies

ALEC Continues Attack on Renewable Energy Policies
Let’s talk about the real obstacle to fighting climate change in America: ALEC. Today, ALEC—the American Legislative Exchange Council—kicks off its annual meeting in Dallas, TX. The group, which has already brought America such favorites as stand-your-ground-shoot-first laws and voter suppression ID laws, now has its sights set on preventing clean energy policies from spreading across the U.S.
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Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska

Carbon Dioxide Poisoning Oceans, Harming Lucrative Fisheries in Alaska
The release of carbon dioxide into the air from factory smokestacks to the tailpipe on your car could pose a risk to red king crab and other lucrative fisheries in Alaska, a new report says. Ocean water becomes more acidic when it absorbs carbon dioxide released by human sources, such as the burning of fossil fuels. Increased ocean acidification could harm important Alaska commercial and subsistence fisheries and communities that rely heavily on them, according to the new research aimed at spurring discussion on how to address the changes.
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Songbirds Dying From DDT in Michigan Yards, Thanks to Superfund Site

Songbirds Dying From DDT in Michigan Yards, Thanks to Superfund Site
Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years.
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Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection

Drinking Water at Risk from Underground Fracking Waste Injection
The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) publicly released its report finding that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is “not consistently conducting two key oversight and enforcement activities for class II programs” for underground fluid injection wells associated with oil and gas production.
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Songbirds Dying From DDT in Michigan Yards, Thanks to Superfund Site

Songbirds Dying From DDT in Michigan Yards, Thanks to Superfund Site
Jim Hall was mowing the town’s baseball diamond when he felt a little bump underneath him. “And there it was, a dead robin,” he said. Just last week, he found another one. “Something is going on here,” said Hall, who has lived in this mid-Michigan town of 7,000 for 50 years.
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Not in My Backyard: US Sending Dirty Coal Abroad

Not in My Backyard: US Sending Dirty Coal Abroad
Coal from Appalachia rumbles into this port city, 150 railroad cars at a time, bound for the belly of the massive cargo ship Prime Lily. The ship soon sets sail for South America, its 80,000 tons of coal destined for power plants and factories, an export of American energy - and pollution.
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Aussie Press Council: Murdoch Rag Intentionally Distorting Climate Change Facts

Aussie Press Council: Murdoch Rag Intentionally Distorting Climate Change Facts
The Australian Press Council upholds complaints of misleading reporting after an investigation into Rupert Murdoch-owned newspaper The Australian revealed intentional distortion of climate change reports.
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Judge Strikes Down Colorado Town's Fracking Ban, Overriding Residents

Judge Strikes Down Colorado Town's Fracking Ban, Overriding Residents
A Colorado court has ruled that the city of Longmont's ban on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is invalid. The Boulder suburb—and the affiliated local and environmental groups that later joined the case—now have 44 days to appeal the decision.
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After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger

After Rancher's Death, Calls for Fracking Health Study Grow Stronger
Last month, Terry Greenwood, a Pennsylvania farmer whose water had been contaminated by fracking waste, died of cancer. He was 66 and the cause of death was a rare form of brain cancer. His death drew attention from around the globe in part because Mr. Greenwood was among the first farmers from his state to speak out against the gas industry during the early years of the state's shale gas rush.
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Pennsylvania Fracking Regulators 'Woefully' Unprepared

Pennsylvania Fracking Regulators 'Woefully' Unprepared
Placing the health and wellbeing of Pennsylvania residents at great risk, the state’s environmental regulatory body is "woefully" unprepared to monitor and regulate the shale oil and gas drilling boom, charged a report released by the state’s Inspector General on Tuesday.
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