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Rep. Markey Wants to Know Why Shell's Containment Dome Crushed Like a Beer Can in Puget Sound

Rep. Ed Markey (D-Mass), penned a letter to Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, looking for answers about a Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) containment dome that "crushed like a beer can" in tests earlier this Fall.
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Balmy December Weather Could Be Result of Global Warming

As I sit here writing this in the Oklahoma City area on this early December afternoon, the temperature is in the high 60s and rising, and the National Weather Service is predicting a high for the day around 78 degrees. Yesterday, the high temperatures recorded at Will Rogers Airport broke the previous high record for December 1 in Oklahoma City of 76 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.
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Wind Energy Could Potentially Expand the Workforce in MN

Wind Energy Could Potentially Expand the Workforce in MN
Duluth Mayor Don Ness and President of Ventera Wind Joseph Woods held a press conference Wednesday about wind energy. Specifically, they want Congress to extend incentives to encourage the wind energy industry's further development. Currently, wind energy provides nearly 13 percent of Minnesota's power. Minnesota ranks fourth in the nation.
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Tim Kaine at Tigercomm Clean Energy Forum on Combating Anti-Clean-Energy 'Theology'

In our first post on the Clean Energy Forum we held recently at Tigercomm, we noted that there's an aggressive, ongoing effort by the fossil fuel lobby to push clean energy policy into the culture wars (hat tip to J. Patrick Coolican of the Las Vegas Sun). How to combat this assault is a pressing question not just for those of us in the clean economy, but also for politicians who get the urgent - even existential - need for our country to develop abundant energy that's clean and cost-effective.
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Global Insurers Call BS On Climate Deniers

I live in South Jersey, so yeah, Sandy is about to make my life uh interesting.
So before the power/interweb goes out let me reiterate a point that is not made often enough in the climate change debate - Big Business is not united in their denialism.
One sector that is particularly immune to fossil fuel propaganda is the global insurance and reinsurance industry - because unlike consumers or politicians they are on the hook when the reality of Climate Change strikes.
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40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act

40 years ago today, President Nixon signed the Clean Water Act. This has been the means by which we have, as a nation, dramatically reduced the toxic pollutants industry releases.
By the 1970s, Lake Superior was toxic. Now its remarkably clean and Duluth's tap water is known for its purity and great taste.
Republicans have been trying since it was introduced to weaken and eliminate it. Especially under the Bush Administration.
"The Clean Water Act has been instrumental in improving our environment and economy for people across the nation," said Jan Goldman-Carter, senior manager, Wetl...
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Shell Not Arctic Ready, Spoofed By Satirical Ad Campaign

The news of Royal-Dutch Shell's recent decision to hold off on Arctic drilling until next season offers some relief to those keeping track of the company's
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Topics Worth Debating: Colorado Burning Down

Tonight's presidential debate will be held in Colorado, where wildfires recently burned 202,425 acres of land (316.3 square miles). Those wildfires killed five people, forced the evacuation of 34,500 people, and destroyed over 600 homes.
It's part of a pattern: Scientists say global warming is making large wildfires more frequent and more intense. America's next president will have to address the problem in both the short-term (more federal money going to disaster response & relief) and in the long-term (cutting carbon pollution and/or dealing with our constantly-rising cost of inaction).
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The Politics of Not Destroying Civilization

When one first thinks about it, one would think the politics of not destroying civilization should be simple. It seems that "Not destroy civilization, Yes/No" would get a very high "Yes" vote.
In the immediate future in US political, however, its far more complicated than that, given that one party's position is "No", and the other party's position is "Maybe, a little bit of not destroying civilization, if its not too inconvenient".
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Romney In Swing State Swings On Energy Issue

Mitt Romney campaigned in Pueblo, Colorado, on Monday, telling about 3,000 supporters that, as president, he’d create jobs in the state by developing U.S. energy resources. Yet, even before he touched down at the city airport where the event was held, Romney was under fire by wind-power advocates for leading opposition to the federal tax credit extension tied to the loss announced last week of roughly 100 jobs at a Pueblo wind tower factory.
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