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As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers

As If Fracking Wasn't Bad Enough, It May Also Release Dangerous Radiation Into Local Aquifers
Once touted as the answer to U.S. energy consumers' dreams, it is beginning to look like the natural gas extraction process known as "fracking" may be as much of an environmental obscenity as the name suggests. From poisoned wells to frackquakes, methane release to quality of life drains, hydraulic fracturing hasn't been all it was cracked up to be. So why not add a little radiation to the mix?
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Fearing Contamination, State Halts Injection of Fracking Waste

Fearing Contamination, State Halts Injection of Fracking Waste
California officials have ordered an emergency shut-down of 11 oil and gas waste injection sites and a review more than 100 others in the state's drought-wracked Central Valley out of fear that companies may have been pumping fracking fluids and other toxic waste into drinking water aquifers there.
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WATCH: Colorado Gov Will 'Do Whatever It Takes' To Stop Fracking Regulations

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper announced his staunch opposition to mandatory fracking setbacks of 2,000 feet, and to grant communities the power to limit development. The governor's announcement followed the disintegration earlier this week of lawmakers' negotiations over a legislative compromise on the local control of oil and gas development. Hickenlooper says such bills could be "disastrous."
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Does Climate Change Cause Flight Turbulence?

Does Climate Change Cause Flight Turbulence?
In the past year alone, several studies suggested that flights will become bumpier in the future, in part, because of climate change. Researchers say some occurrences earlier this year might help make that case.
In the span of a week, turbulence injured flight passengers and crew members in Billings, MT and just above Japan on a flight from San Francisco. A combined 13 cre
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10 Scientists Want to Educate Rick Scott on Climate Change

10 Scientists Want to Educate Rick Scott on Climate Change
The “I’m not a scientist” excuse won’t fly with this group. Ten scientists signed a letter addressed to Florida Gov. Rick Scott this week in hopes that he will meet with them to learn about climate change and its impact on their state.
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The World Is Going Solar, and America is Being Left Behind

The World Is Going Solar, and America is Being Left Behind
The world is going solar. According to new data released by the Fraunhofer Institute, in the first half of 2014, renewable energy, like solar power, accounted for almost 31 percent of all electricity produced in Germany. In fact, solar power generation was up 28 percent during the first half of 2014, compared to the same time last year.
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Princeton Professor: We Treat Carbon Like ‘Demonization of the Poor Jews Under Hitler’

Princeton Professor: We Treat Carbon Like ‘Demonization of the Poor Jews Under Hitler’
There must be some secret contest among climate deniers to see who can think of and utter the most ridiculous comments during interviews and debates.
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America's Oil Consumption Reversed Dramatically Last Year, and Not In a Good Way

America's Oil Consumption Reversed Dramatically Last Year, and Not In a Good Way
U.S. oil demand reversed course in dramatic fashion in 2013, as the nation's growth in crude consumption outpaced perennial leader China for the first time since 1999, according to oil company BP's annual compendium of world energy statistics.
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Dear Taxpayer, Thanks for $20 Billion More in Subsidizes. Signed, the Fossil Fuel Industry.

 Dear Taxpayer, Thanks for $20 Billion More in Subsidizes. Signed, the Fossil Fuel Industry.
A new report on fossil fuel exploration and production subsidies in the U.S. reveals the government is channeling huge and growing amounts of money to increasing discovery and production of oil, gas and coal. These federal and state subsidies totaled $21.6 billion in 2013.
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Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges Filed in Fracking Pollution Case

Sheriff Wants Criminal Charges Filed in Fracking Pollution Case
A Texas waste hauling company that is already facing civil charges for a March accident that spread toxic drilling waste along a rural road could also be facing criminal charges.
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