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Citizens United Cited by MO Judge to Protect Tax Breaks for Big Energy

Citizens United Cited by MO Judge to Protect Tax Breaks for Big Energy
Citing the Citizens United Supreme Court ruling, Missouri Judge Robert Dierker – known for his outspoken views on corporate personhood, and who has appeared on Fox News – denied a ballot initiative that would have nixed tax breaks for fossil fuel companies in St. Louis.
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Gassy Knoll: 'Dirty Duo' of US Senate Looks to Lift Ban on Oil Exports

Gassy Knoll: 'Dirty Duo' of US Senate Looks to Lift Ban on Oil Exports
The two ranking members of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee signaled they are prepared to introduce legislation to lift the ban on U.S. oil exports. Senators Mary Landrieu and Lisa Murkowski said that they would consider introducing legislation if President Obama does not otherwise lift the export ban. The Senators' rhetoric is eerily similar to the case that the oil industry made for itself back in December, when ExxonMobil called on the government to lift the export ban so they could sell American crude for a higher profit overseas.
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From Pipelines to Exploding Trains, Oil Transport is Big (and Dangerous) Business

From Pipelines to Exploding Trains, Oil Transport is Big (and Dangerous) Business
Warren Buffett bought more shares in a major pipeline company December 30th – the same day as a train derailed and exploded in Casselton, North Dakota. In the rush to move oil to sate our unquenchable demand, more accidents like this will happen. And the environment and workers will suffer.
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Russian Judge Refuses to Free Greenpeace Activists Charged with Hooliganism

Russian Judge Refuses to Free Greenpeace Activists Charged with Hooliganism
A Russian judge refused Monday to free Australian Greenpeace activist Colin Russell, who was among 30 people arrested following a protest against oil drilling in the Arctic, signaling that others also could be kept in jail for three more months pending trial. In a subsequent hearing, however, a judge agreed to free a Russian doctor who was on the Greenpeace ship when it was seized by the Russian coast guard on Sept. 18.
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Irina Titova
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New Report: Heavily Fracked Areas Have More Accidents, Arrests and STDs

New Report: Heavily Fracked Areas Have More Accidents, Arrests and STDs
A new report by Food and Water Watch examines the social impacts of fracking, comparing traffic, crime and sexually transmitted infections in rural Pennsylvania counties. Using a decade worth of county-level data, they compare the differences between counties with substantial fracking and without, and how these counties have changed over time, from before the boom until after it set in. It ain't pretty.
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Only Steers and Steering Committees: TX Studies on Fracking and Methane Stacked with Big Oil Hacks

Only Steers and Steering Committees: TX Studies on Fracking and Methane Stacked with Big Oil Hacks
Alongside releasing its controversial findings on fugitive methane emissions caused by fracking this week, University of Texas-Austin also unveiled an industry-stacked Steering Committee roster for the study it conducted in concert with Environmental Defense Fund. Only two out of the 11 members of the Steering Committee, besides lead author David Allen, have a science background relevant to onshore fracking.
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Claire McCaskill Should Stop Echoing False GOP Climate Change Rhetoric

Claire McCaskill Should Stop Echoing False GOP Climate Change Rhetoric
While conceding the destructive potential of climate change in her reaction to President Obama's plans to fight climate change, Democratic Senator Claire McCaskill echoed the same faux economic worries that she has cited in the past and that her colleague, Republican Senator Roy Blunt, put forward more forcefully yesterday.
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Exxon Versus The People: Lawsuits Begin in Pegasus Spill Aftermath

Exxon Versus The People: Lawsuits Begin in Pegasus Spill Aftermath
Residents in Mayflower, Arkansas, the site of the recent Pegasus tar sands pipeline rupture, have filed suit against its operator Exxon for health issues and property damage that have arisen since the spill on Easter Weekend. The short term effects are piling up, as long term harm looms large.
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