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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.
ProPublica
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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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