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Colorado Communities Drill Towards Regaining Legal Power Against Fracking Giants

Colorado Communities Drill Towards Regaining Legal Power Against Fracking Giants
A Colorado group with concerns about the environmental impacts of fracking are pushing for a fundamental change to the state’s legal system to give communities greater power over corporations. Coloradans for Community Rights has set its sights on dismantling the legal system where state laws take precedence over local rules.
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A Local Watchdog's Checklist for Tackling Environmental Issues In Your Own Backyard

A Local Watchdog's Checklist for Tackling Environmental Issues In Your Own Backyard
The environment is large, complex and cross-jurisdictional. As activists, it’s easy to jump on board with the large national and international issues—like protecting the Clean Air Act or fighting climate change—that are pursued by myriad organizations. Those causes are worthy of support, but it's easy to overlook or count out the smaller issues in your own backyard.
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10 Reasons Coal Will Always Be Dirty

10 Reasons Coal Will Always Be Dirty
Coal produces 44 percent of our electricity, and it’s the biggest single cause of air pollution worldwide. Now that this is becoming common knowledge, the industry has tried to salvage their reputation with complex marketing tactics and the touting of new technologies. But the environmental impacts of coal continue to be devastating.
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Herbie Goes Bananas & Other Bugs in the Volkswagen System

Herbie Goes Bananas & Other Bugs in the Volkswagen System
It looks like the biggest corporate scandal of 2015 will be the cheating by Volkswagen on emissions tests, which might come to be called Volksgate. The scale is breath-taking. Since 2008 Volkswagen made 11 million diesel cars designed to cheat on emissions tests. These cars could never have passed the tests. They produce 10 to 40 times the legal limit of nitrogen oxides.
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Morgan Stanley Targeted Over Coal Financing

Morgan Stanley Targeted Over Coal Financing
Earlier this year, Bank of America and Credit Agricole both announced they were moving away from financing coal, citing a number of factors, among them the threat of future regulation due to coal’s impact on the planet and human health and pressure from environmental activists. Now the Rainforest Action Network is targeting Morgan Stanley with calls to meet or beat its Wall Street colleagues’ commitments by adopting policies to end its financing for companies involved in coal mining and coal-fired power.
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A New Kind of Frackademia? New Environmental Inspectors Offered Free Industry-Funded Classes on Fracking

A New Kind of Frackademia? New Environmental Inspectors Offered Free Industry-Funded Classes on Fracking
At a seminar titled “Staying Ahead of Federal and State Regulations: A Partnership with Academia and Government,” officials from Pennsylvania State University and the University of Texas described how gifts from companies like ExxonMobil allowed their universities, along with the Colorado School of Mines, to offer state regulators free classes on oil industry best practices, travel and accommodations included.
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Oil-by-Rail Giant BNSF Threatens Shutdown Over Safety

Oil-by-Rail Giant BNSF Threatens Shutdown Over Safety
In June of 2014, a representative of oil-by-rail giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) attended a meeting with regulators where the American Association of Railroads (AAR) lobbied against any speed limits for oil trains. One of the slides from that presentation – titled “Far Reaching Economic Impacts” (image below) — predicted dire consequences to the American economy if speed limits were put in place.
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MUST WATCH VIDEO: Government, Industry Ignore Science, Let Bomb Trains Roll On

MUST WATCH VIDEO: Government, Industry Ignore Science, Let Bomb Trains Roll On
DeSmog’s new investigative video, written and produced by Justin Mikulka, details a coordinated effort by the oil industry, members of the U.S. Congress, regulators and the Department of Energy to challenge the known science of crude oil characteristics with the goal of delaying or avoiding any regulatory changes requiring Bakken crude oil stabilization, a safety measure that would protect the millions of people currently living in bomb train blast zones.
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Minnesota Hardware Startup Conserves Water, Saves Money

Minnesota Hardware Startup Conserves Water, Saves Money
The dynamic startup ecosystem of Minnesota has produced yet another company determined to build innovative, economical, and smart things. A group of serial entrepreneurs has developed an ingenious new device and software pairing that allows homeowners to precisely track and analyze their home's water usage in real time. And it learns!
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American Petroleum Institute Touts Oil Exports to Fend Off Iran, Russia Despite API Members Tied to Both Countries

American Petroleum Institute Touts Oil Exports to Fend Off Iran, Russia Despite API Members Tied to Both Countries
The American Petroleum Institute (API) has launched a new advertising campaign in its ongoing push to oust the U.S. oil exports ban in place since 1975. One of the most recent ads, titled “Crude Oil Exports and National Security” on YouTube, starts off with ominous music and asks, “Who loves the ban on U.S.crude oil exports?” The answer, says API, is “Iran and Russia, not exactly our best friends.” Not mentioned: both countries currently maintain business ties with API's dues-paying members.
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