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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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Climate Science Denier Mark Steyn Tours Australia... And Other Reptilian Illuminati David Icke Weirdness

Climate Science Denier Mark Steyn Tours Australia... And Other Reptilian Illuminati David Icke Weirdness
David Icke is a weirdo. That’s not me saying that, but Canadian Mark Steyn, who has been crowned “world’s greatest conservative commentator and writer” by the Institute of Public Affairs.
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ALEC-Tainted Legislation Designed to Block Local Control Over Fracking Bans Stalled In Florida

ALEC-Tainted Legislation Designed to Block Local Control Over Fracking Bans Stalled In Florida
An industry-friendly bill in the Florida statehouse designed to nullify existing fracking bans and sharply curtail local control over oil and gas drilling activity is facing pushback. Floridians are pressuring their state senators to vote against Senate Bill 318, which takes away a community’s right to regulate all well-stimulation techniques, including fracking. The pressure is having an impact, as the bill has been temporarily held back.
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Nationwide Resistance to Crude Oil ‘Bomb Trains’ Gaining Momentum

Nationwide Resistance to Crude Oil ‘Bomb Trains’ Gaining Momentum
The speed and scale with which the oil and rail industries created the North American oil-by-rail infrastructure was impressive. And amazingly under the radar for the most part — until the trains started derailing and blowing up — leading to articles with titles like “The Invisible Bomb Trains.”
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Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After Pledging Not to Fund Climate Denial

Here’s What Happened to the Exxon-funded EU Think Tanks After Pledging Not to Fund Climate Denial
This is the second part of DeSmog UK’s series mapping Exxon’s ties to EU think tanks and lobby groups. Here we explore what happened to Exxon’s EU think tank ties after it pledged to stop funding climate denial. Pressure is mounting on ExxonMobil to explain why the oil giant funded climate denial around the world years after its own scientists established global warming was real.
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Liquid Assets: Is Wall Street the Answer to the West's Water Crisis?

Liquid Assets: Is Wall Street the Answer to the West's Water Crisis?
According to water investors, the West’s millions of acres of farmland account for less than 2 percent of the region’s economic output, and moving just 10 percent of the water off farms would likely resolve the region’s current water shortfalls.
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