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Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety

Federal Railroad Administration Moves Forward on Rail Bridge Safety
Earlier this year the Association of American Railroads (AAR), the industry’s top lobbying group, produced a new report on rail safety. While the report ignored serious safety improvements such as requiring modernized braking systems on trains carrying hazardous materials, it did address one area of concern for oil-by-rail activists — rail bridge safety.
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A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil

A Small Town Won an Unlikely Victory Against Big Oil
A port commission vote against a proposed $1.2 billion oil refinery in a Washington town proves that the people still have a voice.
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Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?

Will Cap-&-Trade Slow Climate Change?
The principle that polluters should pay for the waste they create has led many experts to urge governments to put a price on carbon emissions. One method is the sometimes controversial cap-and-trade. Quebec, California and the European Union have already adopted cap-and-trade, and Ontario will join Quebec and California’s system in January 2017. But is it a good way to address climate change?
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Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate

Large Methane Leaks Highlight Ongoing Risk to Climate
A new study of the recent methane leak in Aliso Canyon, California confirms that it was the largest methane leak in US history. According to the study, the disaster’s impact on the climate will be equivalent to the effect of annual greenhouse gas emissions from over half a million cars.
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Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts

Major Investors Pressure ExxonMobil to Consider Climate Impacts
“For the first time, in my memory, we are actually seeing oil and gas majors talk about climate change as an existential threat. Today for example the minister for oil and gas for Saudi Arabia, Ali Al-Naimi, actually got up on stage in front of this entire group and said that climate change is more of an existential threat to the industry than any down cycle.”
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Warren Buffett's Quieter Quest to Kill Solar in the West

Warren Buffett's Quieter Quest to Kill Solar in the West
There are solar battles blazing all across the west right now, as utilities anchored to fossil fuel power plants strain to avoid the inevitable spread of solar across their areas of operation. Not a month goes by without a story of some assault on solar-friendly policies by utilities, or by the Utility Commissions that are often in their pocket.
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Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015

Cool Tool: Figure How Hot Your City Got in 2015
If 2015 was the hottest year globally on record, what did that mean for your city? The New York Times, using weather data from AccuWeather, has given us an easy to use tool to find out (well as long as you live in one of 3,116 cities data is available). So how did we do in Columbia, SC? In 2015 we were 4.0 degrees above average. Charleston, SC, was 3.4 degrees above normal as was Greenville, SC.
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Ford Motors the Latest Major Corporation to Dump American Legislative Exchange Council

Ford Motors the Latest Major Corporation to Dump American Legislative Exchange Council
Ford Motor Company confirmed to the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) that it is cutting ties with the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), an organization that has drawn heavy criticism for promoting climate change denial and for opposing the development of renewable energy sources.
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Introducing the Corporate Front Groups That Helped Win a Supreme Court Stay of Obama's Clean Power Plan

Introducing the Corporate Front Groups That Helped Win a Supreme Court Stay of Obama's Clean Power Plan
On February 9, just days before the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the U.S. Supreme Court granted a stay freezing President Barack Obama's Clean Power Plan (CPP). While many articles have speculated on what Scalia's death means as it relates to the future of the CPP — and the Court's voting balance tipping from a 5-4 conservative majority to a potential 5-4 liberal majority — there's been less attention paid to the corporate-funded network that launched a slew of lawsuits against the government to add legal muscle to the state Attorneys General attacks on the CPP.
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Fossil Fuel Industry Spending Millions On 2016 Presidential Candidates

Fossil Fuel Industry Spending Millions On 2016 Presidential Candidates
When candidates run for president, they receive a slew of donations from across the business world, from sectors such as finance, insurance and real estate, health, communications and electronics, labor, and energy and natural resources. Some of these donations have come under scrutiny recently, particularly those from Wall Street and those from the fossil fuel industry. Let’s dig into the candidates’ financial ties to the fossil fuel industry.
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