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Clay Jenkinson on the DAPL Protest

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Clay Jenkinson has a deep love for North Dakota, his home state. An award winning writer and a distinguished humanities scholar at Bismarck State College, he may be best known for portraying Thomas Jefferson in The Jefferson Hour.  That’s why his thoughts on the recent protests gave me some pause. It’s not a a clear-cut situation, with mountains of historical context that ...

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Best Debate Tweets: Presidential Edition

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Let’s start with the basics. This presidential election this year has heated up to an inferno, and tonight’s debate is only a taste of what we’ll likely see in the next several weeks until election night. Topics like taxes, the national debt, ISIS and gun control were covered, as one candidate tried to edge words in among the other. Most ...

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Free-Falling with Style

Falls are usually not a good thing, but they can be purposeful and engineered for safety, such as in gymnastics.  With my daughter involved in the sport I couldn’t help but pay a little extra attention to the Olympic Games in Rio and the gymnastics coverage.  You can’t help but be impressed with the power and heights that both the ...

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Billowing wake-up call from LA on greenhouse gas

California is viewed as a national model in regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the one state that is actually moving the needle on climate change. That’s true to a point. But there are some gaping vulnerabilities in enforcement, and the massive natural gas leak in suburban Los Angeles underscores how far we have to go on oversight. Southern California Gas Co. ...

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Editorial: Allowing US oil exports is shortsighted

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Having access to oil is critical to the United States. It is, in fact, a matter of national security. Yet, old fashioned greed has clouded judgment as Congress, as part of its budget agreement, is lifting crude oil export restrictions that have effectively banned most sales of U.S. crude oil abroad. The price of crude oil has plummeted around the ...

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IEA sees oil below $80, what could go wrong? Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Oil prices are unlikely to rise consistently above $80 per barrel before the end of the decade, the International Energy Agency (IEA) predicted in the World Energy Outlook published on Tuesday. Slower growth in demand coupled with the transformational impact of shale on production costs ...

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Volatility and flash events in the oil market: Kemp

(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Crude oil prices have been more volatile this year than at any time since the financial crisis of 2008/09 and before that 1991, according to standard measures of price variability. Some of the increase in volatility is more apparent than real, however, as every $1 ...

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Editorial: Expand pact to include fair taxation

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia wisely agreed last week to cooperate in many ways to make the most of the Marcellus and Utica shales gas development. But the agreement signed by Gov. Tom Wolf, West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin and Gov. John Kasich of Ohio does not address taxation, a major issue across the gas field. The compact pledges ...

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