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Politics

Koch brothers hire lobbyists to fight carbon tax, save poor and old people

Carbon-tax proposals are going nowhere in Congress, but the Koch brothers aren't taking any chances. They're fighting the proposals -- on behalf of the low-income and the elderly, of course.

Climate & Energy

Alaska’s heat wave breaking records, killing salmon

Heat records are being broken across Alaska this summer. It's not clear whether the persistent heat is linked to global warming, but it has been implicated in a salmon die-off.

Climate & Energy

Offshore auction signals start of wind bonanza

The feds auctioned off the right to build turbines in nearly 165,000 acres of New England waters -- the first of many offshore auctions planned.

Climate & Energy

BMW’s i3 electric car earns gushing praise

The lightweight BMW i3, designed for urban living, will sell for $42,350 before a federal EV rebate of $7,500. Critics love it.

Food

Company to start slaughtering horses next week, despite arson and lawsuit

The Valley Meat Co. in New Mexico plans to begin killing horses for meat, unswayed by a legal challenge and an apparent arson attack.

Food

You get my drift? Pesticides cause big problems when they go where they’re not wanted

Too many pesticide-spraying crop dusters are accidentally missing their targets, killing neighbors' crops and making people sick.

Climate & Energy

$100 million worth of natural gas goes up in flames every month in North Dakota

Drillers in the state don't have an easy way to get their natural gas to market, so nearly a third of it is being flared off, i.e. totally wasted.

Climate & Energy

EPA chief: Stop saying environmental regs kill jobs

Gina McCarthy, in her first speech as EPA administrator, pushes home the point that curbing carbon pollution will spark business innovation.

Climate & Energy

Thai tourist paradise wrecked by oil spill

Idyllic beaches in Thailand have been deserted after an oil pipeline ruptured, coating the shorelines with crude.

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