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Oil Industry Caused 2005 Swarm of California Earthquakes: Newly Published Study

Oil Industry Caused 2005 Swarm of California Earthquakes: Newly Published Study
Oil and gas wastewater disposal has been tied to a series of earthquakes in California for the first time, in a peer-reviewed study published last Thursday. A string of quakes ending on Sept. 22, 2005 struck in Kern County near the southern end of California's Central Valley – and the new study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, concluded that the odds that those quakes might have occurred by chance were just 3 percent.
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New Report Identifies Fossil Fuels We Must Not Mine To Avert Catastrophic Climate Change

New Report Identifies Fossil Fuels We Must Not Mine To Avert Catastrophic Climate Change
As the US Senate haggles over a comprehensive energy bill, climate activist groups have identified the global fossil fuel reserves that must be kept in the ground if we’re to limit global warming to the critical 2-degree-Celsius threshold. This week saw the Senate debating the hotly contested energy bill, which has been criticized by environmentalists for including a number of fossil fuel industry giveaways, including expedited permitting for liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminals and subsidies for coal technology, among other troublesome provisions.
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Charles Koch Thinks University Professors Make Great Lobbyists

Charles Koch Thinks University Professors Make Great Lobbyists
his article is the second of two posts examining Charles Koch's campus investments, as reported in Jane Mayer's Dark Money. The first post examined the history, long-term strategy, and true intent of the university “philanthropy” coordinated by Charles Koch. This post examines how Koch's academic network is openly dishonest about their work, lobbying for Koch's interests and recruiting students into his network. From 2005-2014, Koch spent $109.7 million on 361 distinct campuses, according to Greenpeace's updated analysis of IRS filings from Koch's nonprofit foundations.
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Dems Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call Upon Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial and Deception

Dems Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call Upon Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial and Deception
Democratic U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA) and Brian Schatz (HI) introduced an amendment into the energy bill yesterday intended to express Congress’s disapproval of the use of industry-funded think tanks and misinformation tactics aimed at sowing doubt about climate change science. The amendment evokes the history of notorious anti-science efforts by the tobacco and lead industries to avoid accountability for the damage caused by their products, focusing similar ire on the fossil fuel industry’s decades-long climate cover-up.
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As Caucuses Loom, Hawkeye State Last Hope to Block Fracked Bakken Oil Pipeline

As Caucuses Loom, Hawkeye State Last Hope to Block Fracked Bakken Oil Pipeline
As the February 1 Iowa Caucuses loom, the Hawkeye State sits as the proverbial last man standing in the decision whether to grant pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) a permit for its Dakota Access pipeline. Slated to carry upwards of 570,000 barrels per day of oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, the pipeline would cut diagonally across Iowa. In recent weeks, ETP has obtained necessary permits from North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois.
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Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina

Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina
Though he retired as Chesapeake Energy's CEO back in 2013 in the aftermath of a shareholder revolt, McClendon wasted little time in creating a new company called American Energy Partners (AEP). AEP, like Chesapeake, has found itself mired since its onset in legal snafus over its treatment of landowners. With AEP not getting a red carpet roll-out in the U.S., McClendon has looked southward for other lucrative business adventures.
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Energy Lobbyists Gather, Have Lunch, Blame Obama and the Pope for "War on Fossil Fuels"

Energy Lobbyists Gather, Have Lunch, Blame Obama and the Pope for "War on Fossil Fuels"
Last week, on the day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record, the energy industry’s chief lobbyists gathered in a downtown Washington ballroom to tell each other that the real problem was not global warming, but rather efforts by the Obama Administration — and Pope Francis — to contain global warming.
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Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis
On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools. On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs. Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home.
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“The Blob” Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says

“The Blob” Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says
Deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean, The Blob is acting strangely. When the abnormally warm patch of water first appeared in 2013, fascinated scientists watched disrupted weather patterns, from drought in California to almost snowless winters in Alaska and record cold winters in the northeast. The anomalously warm water, with temperatures three degrees Centigrade above normal, was nicknamed The Blob by U.S climatologist Nick Bond. It stretched over one million square kilometres of the Gulf of Alaska — more than the surface area of B.C. and Alberta combined — stretching down 100-metres into the ocean.
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US Solar Jobs Double as Clean Energy Continues Explosive Growth Globally

US Solar Jobs Double as Clean Energy Continues Explosive Growth Globally
Renewable energy continued its explosive growth in 2015 — and I don’t mean explosive like an oil train accident. A new global record was set last year with the investment of $328.9 billion in clean energy. That edged out the previous high mark, set in 2011, by 3 percent, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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