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China Moves on Cap-and-Trade, US Stuck with Science-Incredulous GOP

China Moves on Cap-and-Trade, US Stuck with Science-Incredulous GOP
China is moving to institute a cap-and-trade system that would begin to limit the powerhouse's coal emissions. The US is stuck with a GOP that doesn't even believe in climate change, and whose president must go it alone as best he can.
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The More You Know: Increased Fracking Knowledge Translates Into Disgust

The More You Know: Increased Fracking Knowledge Translates Into Disgust
The Oklahoman – owned by an energy tycoon – is making the argument that people protest hydraulic fracturing because they're just plain ignorant of how absolutely wonderful the process is for everybody. If only they acknowledged reality.
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Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day

Eco-Friendly Energy Jobs Surge In Time for Labor Day
Environmental Entrepeneurs, an organization devoted to promoting green jobs and job creation, released a Labor Day report highlighting the ever-growing number of clean energy jobs out there helping to drive the economy.
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Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously

Eyes Focused on Keystone, But Rail Cars Move More, and More Dangerously
Rail cars move more oil than pipelines like the proposed Keystone XL. And the cargo is much more concentrated. The combination spells (spills) disaster.
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Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice

Gas Company Responsible for Fatal Pipeline Explosion Pleads Not Guilty to Obstruction of Justice
Pacific Gas & Electric Co. has pleaded not guilty to charges in a new indictment that accuses the utility of lying to federal investigators looking into a fatal pipeline explosion in a San Francisco Bay Area neighborhood. Steve Bauer, an attorney for the company, entered the plea in court on Monday to all 28 counts in the indictment, including obstruction of justice.
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Earthquake Task Force Proposed – In Oklahoma! – As Fracking Cracks the Crust

Earthquake Task Force Proposed – In Oklahoma! – As Fracking Cracks the Crust
An Oklahoma state senator, along with a Tulsa geologist, have called for establishing a federal task force to study the dramatic increase of earthquakes here that scientists argue is related to oil and gas drilling processes.
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TX's French Boast? High Speed Rail from Houston to Dallas One Step Closer to Reality.

TX's French Boast? High Speed Rail from Houston to Dallas One Step Closer to Reality.
The Texas Department of Transport and Federal Railway Authority announced in June that they were beginning an Environmental Impact Study for the proposed private Texas Central Railways High Speed Rail corridor between Houston and Dallas. This is a private venture that is proposing to use the "Japan Rail Central" N700-I system, an internationalized version of the 186mph HSR train running between Tokyo and Osaka. High speed rail sounds awfully European for the Lone Star State, though.
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Despite Huge Spike in Utility Costs SC's Economy Soaring, Claims Gov Who Surely Opposes New EPA Regulations

Despite Huge Spike in Utility Costs SC's Economy Soaring, Claims Gov Who Surely Opposes New EPA Regulations
While the U.S. Chamber, utilities, elected officials and other business organizations argue that these new rules will drive up the cost of energy thus hurting consumers and the economy, South Carolina is the perfect case study to dispel these fears. Despite a dramatic spike in the cost to consumers in order to build a pair of nuclear power plants, the state's economy is booming — at least according to Gov Nikki Haley's re-election campaign.
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First-Ever Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Plants On Their Way, Obama Says

First-Ever Carbon Pollution Limits for Existing Plants On Their Way, Obama Says
President Obama plans to unveil new carbon pollution limits on existing power plants. These will be the first-ever rules to attack carbon specifically, long blamed for trapping greenhouse gases in the atmosphere, and accelerating climate change.
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Climate Deniers Champion Article Rejected by Journal for Failing to Meet Scientific Rigor

Climate Deniers Champion Article Rejected by Journal for Failing to Meet Scientific Rigor
There’s an old proverb that suggests it’s always the lie that gets half way around the world while the truth is still pulling its boots on. This is especially true in the realm of climate science, where deniers are quick to jump on anything that supports their theory (in itself a huge no-no according to scientific principles). The latest: a story in UK's The Times about an article rejected by a science journal for factual errors, but twisted to appear like a deliberate suppression of climate change denial.
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