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Dems Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call Upon Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial and Deception

Dems Introduce “Merchants of Doubt” Amendment Into Energy Bill, Call Upon Fossil Fuel Industry to End Climate Denial and Deception
Democratic U.S. Senators Sheldon Whitehouse (RI), Ed Markey (MA) and Brian Schatz (HI) introduced an amendment into the energy bill yesterday intended to express Congress’s disapproval of the use of industry-funded think tanks and misinformation tactics aimed at sowing doubt about climate change science. The amendment evokes the history of notorious anti-science efforts by the tobacco and lead industries to avoid accountability for the damage caused by their products, focusing similar ire on the fossil fuel industry’s decades-long climate cover-up.
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As Caucuses Loom, Hawkeye State Last Hope to Block Fracked Bakken Oil Pipeline

As Caucuses Loom, Hawkeye State Last Hope to Block Fracked Bakken Oil Pipeline
As the February 1 Iowa Caucuses loom, the Hawkeye State sits as the proverbial last man standing in the decision whether to grant pipeline giant Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) a permit for its Dakota Access pipeline. Slated to carry upwards of 570,000 barrels per day of oil obtained via hydraulic fracturing (“fracking”) from North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin, the pipeline would cut diagonally across Iowa. In recent weeks, ETP has obtained necessary permits from North Dakota, South Dakota and Illinois.
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Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina

Former Chesapeake Energy CEO Aubrey McClendon Bringing Fracking to Argentina
Though he retired as Chesapeake Energy's CEO back in 2013 in the aftermath of a shareholder revolt, McClendon wasted little time in creating a new company called American Energy Partners (AEP). AEP, like Chesapeake, has found itself mired since its onset in legal snafus over its treatment of landowners. With AEP not getting a red carpet roll-out in the U.S., McClendon has looked southward for other lucrative business adventures.
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Energy Lobbyists Gather, Have Lunch, Blame Obama and the Pope for "War on Fossil Fuels"

Energy Lobbyists Gather, Have Lunch, Blame Obama and the Pope for "War on Fossil Fuels"
Last week, on the day after the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported that 2015 was by far the hottest year on record, the energy industry’s chief lobbyists gathered in a downtown Washington ballroom to tell each other that the real problem was not global warming, but rather efforts by the Obama Administration — and Pope Francis — to contain global warming.
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Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis

Detroit Teachers Stage Sick-Outs, Wage Legal Battle Over Flint Water Crisis
On Monday, two Detroit public schools were closed following a second wave of sick-outs. Teachers are protesting over the condition of the schools. On January 20th, 91 percent of Detroit Public Schools were closed due to sick-outs. Over 800 teachers called in sick and more than 45,000 students were sent home.
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“The Blob” Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says

“The Blob” Disrupts What We Think We Know About Climate Change, Oceans Scientist Says
Deep in the northeast Pacific Ocean, The Blob is acting strangely. When the abnormally warm patch of water first appeared in 2013, fascinated scientists watched disrupted weather patterns, from drought in California to almost snowless winters in Alaska and record cold winters in the northeast. The anomalously warm water, with temperatures three degrees Centigrade above normal, was nicknamed The Blob by U.S climatologist Nick Bond. It stretched over one million square kilometres of the Gulf of Alaska — more than the surface area of B.C. and Alberta combined — stretching down 100-metres into the ocean.
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US Solar Jobs Double as Clean Energy Continues Explosive Growth Globally

US Solar Jobs Double as Clean Energy Continues Explosive Growth Globally
Renewable energy continued its explosive growth in 2015 — and I don’t mean explosive like an oil train accident. A new global record was set last year with the investment of $328.9 billion in clean energy. That edged out the previous high mark, set in 2011, by 3 percent, according to Bloomberg New Energy Finance.
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There Will Be Blood - Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks

There Will Be Blood - Oil Train Regulations Fail To Address Known Risks
“Railroad rules have been written in blood.” This line was included in the annual report of the Commissioner of Railroads for the state of Michigan — in 1901. The idea was that safety rules were only implemented when enough blood had been spilled.
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BC's Failure to Consult First Nations Sets Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Back to Square One

BC's Failure to Consult First Nations Sets Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline Back to Square One
The provincial government did not fulfill its legal obligation to consult with First Nations on the Enbridge Northern Gateway pipeline, the B.C. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. The case, brought forward by the Gitga’at and other coastal First Nations, argued the province erred when it handed over decision-making authority for the project to the federal government under a provincial-federal Joint Review Process managed by the federal National Energy Board.
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US Public Overwhelmingly Prefers Protecting Public Lands, Developing Clean Energy

US Public Overwhelmingly Prefers Protecting Public Lands, Developing Clean Energy
IfTwitter is any indication, the court of public opinion has ruled against the armed “militiamen” who took over a wildlife refuge in Burns, Oregon. They’ve been called #YallQueda, #VanillaISIS and #YeeHawdists, and they claim to have stormed the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in response to the federal sentence handed down to convicted arsonist and rancher Dwight Hammond.
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