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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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Presidential Debates Ignore Climate Change, So Children Are Demanding Answers

Presidential Debates Ignore Climate Change, So Children Are Demanding Answers
Few issues have as much impact on the future as climate change. Sadly, the issue of climate change has taken a backseat to economic policy, divisive cultural issues, and the threat of terrorism. The main reason for this is the media coverage of these issues.
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Study Finds The "Era of Climate Science Denial" Is Not Over

Study Finds The "Era of Climate Science Denial" Is Not Over
Conservative think tanks in the United States are a sort of “ground zero” for the production of doubt about the links between fossil fuel burning and dangerous climate change. These think tanks produce reports, hold conferences, write books, go on television, produce columns and blogs and generally and liberally splatter the public discourse with talking points.
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2015 In Review: A Great Year For The Environment

2015 In Review: A Great Year For The Environment
Environmental victories are rare. Even with mounting scientific evidence that reckless human activities are endangering our future, politicians and corporations have continued to run roughshod over the planet, destroying the very home that sustains our lives. For too long, environmentalists were seen as a small part of a political movement that focused on an issue that most Americans greeted with a yawn. After all, the most damning climate science has emerged at a time when the threat of global terrorism and economic downturns were grabbing all of the headlines.
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Vrais ou Faux? Paris ‘Red Carpet’ Premiere of Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle Film

Vrais ou Faux? Paris ‘Red Carpet’ Premiere of Marc Morano’s Climate Hustle Film
From a certain angle and with a sympathetic camera positioned just right, a triumphant Marc Morano emerges from a stretch white limo and raises his hand to an out-of-shot Paris crowd as he hits the red carpet for the world premiere of his new movie Climate Hustle. Behind him comes a gaggle of suited climate science deniers, the stars of a film that producer Morano promised would “rock the climate debate”. To many, the big night appears to be a roaring success. But just like many of the arguments from professional climate science denialists, what at first might appear a cinematic coup d'état turns out to be little more than fakery and stage management.How do I know? I was there.
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If the Keystone XL Pipeline is Dead, South Dakota Regulators Didn’t Get the Memo

If the Keystone XL Pipeline is Dead, South Dakota Regulators Didn’t Get the Memo
TransCanada’s Keystone XL pipeline is not as dead as some of its adversaries claimed after President Obama denied the presidential permit for the border-crossing section of the tar sands pipeline. The company’s plans for the South Dakota part of the pipeline are still in play after the South Dakota Public Utility Commission (PUC) denied a motion to throw out the company’s request to certify its expired permit.
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Stone Cold Failures: Two Thirds of World's Coal Production Now Unprofitable

Stone Cold Failures: Two Thirds of World's Coal Production Now Unprofitable
Sixty-five percent of the world's coal production is unprofitable at today's prices, a new research report by Wood Mackenzie, a commercial intelligence company often cited by investment analysts and the coal industry itself, concluded. Both major types of coal — the coking coal used for making steel and the thermal coal burned in coal-fired electrical power plants — were included in Wood Mackenzie's analysis. The estimate may be conservative, as the group excluded some costs incurred during mining, and focused primarily on the sharp drop in the price of coal.
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George Bush Sr Cabinet Was Worried About Climate Change 27 Years Ago

George Bush Sr Cabinet Was Worried About Climate Change 27 Years Ago
The agreement that was hammered out in Paris at the recent climate talks will be a great step forward towards addressing the growing threat of climate change. But lost amongst the applause for the accord is a question that needs to be answered: Why did it take so long, and are we too late? Two weeks ago, memos from the George H.W. Bush administration were released that detailed conversations between Bush Sr.’s cabinet members, where they discussed the growing threat of global climate change…27 years ago.
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