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Think Fracking Is Bad? Wait Until You Hear about the Gas Industry's 'Acid Jobs'

Think Fracking Is Bad? Wait Until You Hear about the Gas Industry's 'Acid Jobs'
'Acid jobs,' a highly toxic method of fossil fuel extraction, have gone vastly unregulated by lawmakers, particularly in California where the method is commonly used.
An 'acid job' is a process whereby companies pump chemicals such as hydrofluoric acid into an already built gas and oil well to "melt rocks" and objects that are obstructing oil flow.
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Perfect Storm: Why Oklahoma Is the Capitol of Federal Disaster Aid

Perfect Storm: Why Oklahoma Is the Capitol of Federal Disaster Aid
Many states get hit frequently with tornadoes and other natural catastrophes, but Oklahoma is Disaster Central. The twister that devastated Moore, Okla., was the 74th presidential disaster declared in the Sooner state in the past 60 years.
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Seth Borenstein
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Buried in Transparency: Pennsylvania's Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy

Buried in Transparency: Pennsylvania's Latest Shell Game to Protect Big Energy
Whether it's an antiquated analog filing system or inefficient policies, the Pennsylvania Department of Energy is keeping the information surrounding Big Energy's takeover of the state a secret by burying it in legalese, red tape and massive amounts of irrelevant information.
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Gas Industry Successfully Overturns Colorado Fracking Ban

Gas Industry Successfully Overturns Colorado Fracking Ban
The townspeople in Fort Collins were greeted with some unfortunate news earlier this week, as their city council decided to overturn a ban on hydraulic fracturing that had been in place for only a few short months. The decision to overturn the ban was based solely on the threat of a lawsuit from the oil and gas industry.
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Christie Needs More Proof in His Climate Change Pudding

Christie Needs More Proof in His Climate Change Pudding
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie called climate change an “esoteric theory” when asked about the rising sea levels that 99-percent of scientists believe contributed to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation. It's not the first time Christie has ignored the other 99-percent of something.
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Pipe Dreams: Republicans Vote to Fast Track Keystone XL, White House to Veto

Pipe Dreams: Republicans Vote to Fast Track Keystone XL, White House to Veto
On Tuesday, the White House released a statement declaring that a bill — H.R. 3, by Rep. Lee Terry (R-NE) to fast track a portion of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state of Nebraska — would be vetoed by the President. The measure will likely pass the Republican controlled House. So what does this mean for the controversial proposal?
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Eminent Domain's Great Farmland Heist

Eminent Domain's Great Farmland Heist
From Texas to Pennsylvania to Michigan, energy companies (including foreign corporations) are outright stealing land from American citizens who refuse to give up their property. Who will stand tall for land owners? How can Americans allow this practice of greed continue?
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With U.S. Awash in Oil, National Interest Argument for Keystone Weakens

With U.S. Awash in Oil, National Interest Argument for Keystone Weakens
U.S. oil production is suddenly growing so fast that some analysts are questioning how much the country really needs the Canadian tar sands oil that would move through the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.
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Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands

Obama Admin. Approves ALEC Model Bill for Fracking Chemical Fluid Disclosure on Public Lands
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management's new rules are a mirror image of the ALEC/ExxonMobil "model bill" for fracking chemical disclosure.
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All 19 of the World's Glacierized Regions Are Melting

All 19 of the World's Glacierized Regions Are Melting
Glaciologists trekking onto remote, inhospitable streams of flowing ice have brought back some especially bad news. But then 21st century monitoring from space began to show a much smaller role for glacial ice loss in sea-level rise. Which to believe?
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