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Clinton brings in Gore as closer on climate change

Gore

MIAMI (AP) — Al Gore laid out the environmental stakes of the presidential race in stark terms during a campaign stop for Hillary Clinton Tuesday, arguing that electing her opponent would lead to “climate catastrophe.” Vice president during Clinton’s husband’s eight years in the White House and a longtime environmental activist, Gore served as a closer for Clinton on climate ...

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US agrees to environmental review of offshore oil fracking

US agrees to environmental review of offshore oil fracking

LOS ANGELES — The federal government has agreed to stop approving oil fracking off the California coast until it studies whether the practice is safe for the environment, according to legal settlements filed Friday. Separate deals reached with a pair of environmental organizations require the Department of Interior to review whether well techniques such as using acid or hydraulic fracturing, ...

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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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Fracking causing environmental concerns of seismic proportions

Environmental activists have been dealt a pretty decent hand when it comes to betting against fracking–and as of late–that hand has gone from two-pairs, to a full house. Recently, reports of fracking-related earthquakes are popping up in the news nearly as frequent as job cuts in the oil industry. States like Kansas, Oklahoma, Colorado and Ohio have all reported multiple ...

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Oil industry spent $12M on last Colorado election

oil and money

Colorado’s last election racked up a bill of nearly $12 million for the oil and gas industry, according to an analysis by Colorado Ethics Watch (CEW), a group that describes itself as a “…watchdog group that holds public officials and organizations legally accountable for unethical activities that undermine the integrity of government in Colorado.” CEW explained its goals for the ...

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Illinois and hydraulic fracking

When looking at Illinois in the oil and gas industry, the state mirrors New York in several aspects, but also has one huge difference:  Illinois allows fracking. Yet, with allowing fracking Illinois is facing some consequences: lawsuits. Illinois and New York have common traits when it comes to how each state approached oil and gas shale development.  Both states have ...

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Tenaska natural gas-fueled power plant’s foes air concerns to Westmoreland County commissioners

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One by one, 17 speakers ticked off reasons why Westmoreland County commissioners should oppose a Nebraska company’s plan to construct a $500 million natural gas-fueled power plant in South Huntingdon. Passionately arguing their case Thursday, opponents said they’re concerned about the plant’s impact on the environment and the overall quality of life in the sedate, rural area just south of ...

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Marcellus info to be provided by online tool

online

A new online mapping tool promises to make it simpler for residents in areas with Marcellus Shale activity to see facilities near them, report pollution incidents and file complaints about site activity. It will also help ensure accountability for the state agencies responsible for rectifying mishaps, developers of the digital mapping system said. The newly unveiled shale infrastructure map from ...

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EDITORIAL: A carbon tax? Cap it

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Democrats need to heed the commonsense argument against their long-held dream of a carbon tax — and for American prosperity — that Heritage Foundation chief economist Stephen Moore laid out in a recent Senate hearing. Writing in The Washington Times, Mr. Moore recounts what he told the Committee on Environment and Public Works. In response to a question from Sen. ...

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