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Has the Detroit News Reversed Its 'Stance' on Climate Change?

Has the Detroit News Reversed Its 'Stance' on Climate Change?
For years, if you didn't believe in climate change, the Detroit News was probably your paper of choice. Through countless editorials and political cartoons, the newspaper routinely ripped climate science and the economic impact at moving towards energy less reliant on fossil fuels. However, with yesterday's editorial, that stance may be changing. Finally.
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OK Senator Slams Obama and 'EPA's War on Fossil Fuels'

OK Senator Slams Obama and 'EPA's War on Fossil Fuels'
U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe continues to berate the Environmental Protection Agency with sweeping generalizations and political sloganeering. Inhofe's contrarian demeanor as a member of the Environment and Public Works Committee doesn't really accomplish anything, but it does give all of us a preview of what could happen if Republicans take control of the Senate in the November midterm elections.
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In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities

In Wake of WV Spill, Senate Bill Would Boost Oversight of Chemical Storage Facilities
After 300,000 West Virginia residents were restricted from drinking their tap water in the wake of a disastrous chemical spill, a Senate panel has cleared a bill that would boost state's oversight of chemical storage facilities, in the hope to avert another environmental tragedy.
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Pacific Gas Charged with Federal Felonies in Fatal 2010 Pipeline Explosion

Pacific Gas Charged with Federal Felonies in Fatal 2010 Pipeline Explosion
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. was charged on Tuesday with federal felony counts involving safety violations linked to a deadly 2010 natural gas pipeline explosion in the San Francisco Bay Area. The indictment charges the utility with 12 felony violations of federal pipeline safety laws, which could carry a total possible fine of $6 million, or more if the court decides it somehow benefited financially from the disaster.
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Leading Climate Science Expert Explains Why He Opposes Keystone XL

Leading Climate Science Expert Explains Why He Opposes Keystone XL
Dr. James Hansen, climate science expert and former head of the NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, testified yesterday at a U.S. Senate hearing, explaining why he opposes the Keystone XL pipeline: "The world is going to realize pretty soon that we've got to limit the amount of carbon we put in the atmosphere."
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Negotiations with Iran: The Benefits of Working with the World's 'Most Misunderstood Country'

Negotiations with Iran: The Benefits of Working with the World's 'Most Misunderstood Country'
Ongoing negotiations with Iran could lead to normalized relations, even a major trading partner with the U.S. Iran would import U.S. beef and grains, benefiting Oklahoma producers. U.S. firms serving the petroleum and other industries are eager to open offices in Iran and become trading partners. Releasing Iran's oil production would lower the world oil price, giving Americans relief at the gas pumps. As diplomatic relations improve, Iran might well become an ally for regional stability, peace, and the security of U.S. interests.
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36% of ND Fracked Gas Was Flared Off as Waste in December

36% of ND Fracked Gas Was Flared Off as Waste in December
According to testimony in front of the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee, 36 percent of the gas by-product from oil obtained via fracking in North Dakota's Bakken Shale basin was flared off as waste during a brutally cold midwest winter with no end in sight. The reason for this unnecessary waste? Profits.
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Midwesterners Could See 10-20 Cent Spike in Gas Prices if Keystone XL Gets Approved

Midwesterners Could See 10-20 Cent Spike in Gas Prices if Keystone XL Gets Approved
Recent polling has indicated strong support by the American public for approving construction of the Keystone XL Canadian tar sands export pipeline. Yet, this support is based on a series of falsehoods, spread by the very people who stand to benefit from the pipeline’s approval.
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CO Senate Unanimously Passes 'Split Estate' Fracking Awareness Bill

CO Senate Unanimously Passes 'Split Estate' Fracking Awareness Bill
The consumer protection and fracking-awareness bill orders sellers of residential property to disclose to buyers whether the surface of the property may be separately owned from the mineral rights beneath the land.
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Sobering Details: Why America Needs to End Its Fossil Fuel Addiction

Sobering Details: Why America Needs to End Its Fossil Fuel Addiction
The refrains of "drill baby drill" sound an awful lot like the cries of an addict in denial — but the intervention needed here effects the whole planet. MSNBC's Chris Hayes details the sordid cycle of a society addicted to oil, and why we need to sober up.
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