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NY Assembly Passes Fracking Moratorium, Senate Expected to Follow

NY Assembly Passes Fracking Moratorium, Senate Expected to Follow
The bill, if passed by the Senate and signed off by Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, would close the state's doors to the oil and gas industry's desire to begin operating in New York's portion of the Marcellus Shale basin until May 2015. New York has had a moratorium on the books since 2008.
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People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw 'Boneheads'

People in Glass Houses Should Not Throw 'Boneheads'
Whatever you think of climate change or the Keystone XL pipeline, you may not simultaneously claim that the problem with oil markets is high demand while also claiming that increasing oil prices would make the problem worse.
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Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines

Climate Change Shifts Small Towns to the Frontlines
Nobody in Breezy Point, Queens, a working-class neighborhood largely populated by NYC police and firefighters, had every thought of themselves as the “frontline” of the climate fight, for good reason: they weren't. But Hurricane Sandy flooded their neighborhood, and an electrical fire burned down their homes as they watched, unable to do anything to stop it.
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Climate Change Conspiracy Report 'A Pile of Horse Shit'

Climate Change Conspiracy Report 'A Pile of Horse Shit'
Ben Cubby, the environment editor at Australia's Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, admits he has an unusual problem - "how does one critically analyze a pile of horse shit?"
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MN State Senator Says: Rural Areas Should Expect to Smell Bad

Potentially environmentally hazardous dust and bad smells are just "inconveniences" that people living in rural areas should expect to put up with because they live in a farm area. So says Republican Minnesota State Senator Julie Rosen.
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Sequester in AL: We'll Just Shoot the Tornadoes! Who Needs the National Weather Service?

Sequester in AL: We'll Just Shoot the Tornadoes! Who Needs the National Weather Service?
If Brooks isn't interested in his own district's well being, why should anyone else in Washington care? It's not a stretch to think that cutbacks in all areas might begin first in the districts represented by congressmen/women who support these budget cuts.
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Horse D'Oeuvres? Ikea's Swedish Meatballs Latest To Be Tainted with Horse Meat

Horse D'Oeuvres? Ikea's Swedish Meatballs Latest To Be Tainted with Horse Meat
Swedish furniture giant Ikea was drawn into Europe's widening food labeling scandal Monday as authorities said they had detected horse meat in frozen meatballs labeled as beef and pork and sold in 13 countries across the continent.
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Consensus: 99.84% of Peer-Reviewed Articles Support the Idea of Global Warming

Consensus: 99.84% of Peer-Reviewed Articles Support the Idea of Global Warming
Out of 13,950 peer-reviewed articles published on global warming since 1991, only 23, or 0.16 percent, clearly reject global warming or endorse a cause other than CO2 emissions for observed warming.
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You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects

You Can’t Wash Away Fracking’s Effects
Of the 750 chemicals that can be used in the fracking process, more than 650 of them are toxic or carcinogens, according to a report filed with the U.S. House of Representatives in April 2011.
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A Record 300,000 Salmon Returned to Klamath River in 2012

A Record 300,000 Salmon Returned to Klamath River in 2012
While the Sacramento salmon returns exceeded those of the previous year's, the state and federal governments continue to violate the landmark Central Valley Project Improvement Act, signed by President George H.W. Bush in the fall of 1992.
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