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Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for "Lack of Courage"

Willie Soon Attacks Funders of Climate Denial for "Lack of Courage"
The aerospace engineer working at the the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics was caught out telling his fossil fuel industry funders his research papers and U.S. Senate evidence were “deliverables”. The controversy made the front page of the New York Times and now his employer has launched an investigation into the ethics of his secret funding.
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As Oil Prices Collapse, North Dakota Considers Weakening Standards on Radioactive Drilling Waste

As Oil Prices Collapse, North Dakota Considers Weakening Standards on Radioactive Drilling Waste
As the collapse of oil prices threatens North Dakota's shale drilling rush, state regulators are considering a move they say could save the oil industry millions of dollars: weakening the state's laws on disposing of radioactive waste.
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What Tobacco Can Teach us About Climate Change Policy

What Tobacco Can Teach us About Climate Change Policy
As we know now, the scientific evidence on the relationship between tobacco and lung cancer is incontrovertible. In the years since 1966, many restrictions on tobacco use have been promulgated, through legislation, regulation and litigation. Now we have another issue where the scientific consensus is nearly universal but the political consensus (supported by a few modern Dr. Rappaports) is clearly not. - See more at: http://thecontributor.com/what-can-tobacco-teach-us-about-climate-change...
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Singing Industry’s Tune: How Rep. Jeff Denham Plans to Delay Oil-by-Rail Safety Improvements

Singing Industry’s Tune: How Rep. Jeff Denham Plans to Delay Oil-by-Rail Safety Improvements
Those were the words of Rep. Jeff Denham (R-CA), chairman of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials on February 3rd at a hearing titled “How the Changing Energy Markets Will Affect U.S. Transportation.” He was directing this advice to Greg Saxton, chief engineer for rail tank car manufacturer Greenbrier.
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South Dakota Sen. John Thune Stumps For Oil-by-Rail Industry

South Dakota Sen. John Thune Stumps For Oil-by-Rail Industry
Sen. John Thune (R-SD), chairman of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, recently got a bit overzealous in stumping for the oil and rail industries at a Jan. 28 hearing on freight rail challenges.
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Got Junk Science? Report Finds Shale Industry Cited Retracted and Discredited Studies

Since the beginning of the shale gas rush, the drilling industry has insisted that the process is relatively benign, arguing that its critics are simply fear-mongering and that a sober scientific review of the data fails to prove, for instance, that fracking has ever contaminated water supplies.
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California's Wastewater Injection Problem Far Worse Than Reported

California's Wastewater Injection Problem Far Worse Than Reported
Documents released this week as part of the EPA’s investigation into the state of California’s underground injection control program show that in addition to hundreds of wastewater injection wells there are thousands more wells illegally injecting fluids from “enhanced oil recovery” into aquifers protected by the federal Safe Drinking Water Act.
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Exclusive: Bjorn Lomborg Think Tank Funder Revealed as Billionaire Republican Vulture Capitalist

Exclusive: Bjorn Lomborg Think Tank Funder Revealed as Billionaire Republican Vulture Capitalist
A billionaire “vulture capitalist” and major backer of the US Republican Party is a major funder of the think tank of Danish climate science contrarian and fossil fuels advocate Bjørn Lomborg, DeSmogBlog has found. New York-based hedge fund manager Paul Singer’s charitable foundation gave $200,000 to Lomborg’s Copenhagen Consensus Center (CCC) in 2013, latest US tax disclosures reveal.
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The War on Solar Is Real, and Koch-Fueled

You’ve most likely heard of the so-called “war on coal,” especially given how eagerly mainstream newspapers have helped conservatives in pushing this bogus meme. But there’s another war going on, one you probably haven’t heard of even though the outcome has major implications for the future of our planet.
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Welsh Government Votes to Ban Fracking Until 2021 Due to Climate and Health Fears

Welsh Government Votes to Ban Fracking Until 2021 Due to Climate and Health Fears
Fracking is set to be banned in Wales until 2021 while health and climate risks are investigated more extensively. The proposed moratorium on fracking was led by opposition party Plaid Cymru and supported by members of both the Welsh Labour and Tory parties.
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