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Climate & Energy

Dozens of new oil rigs planned for Gulf of Mexico

The number of gas and oil rigs drilling deeper than 1,000 feet in the Gulf is expected to nearly double during the next two years to 60.

Climate & Energy

Harry Reid blames climate change for fires ravaging his state

"The West is being devastated by wildfires," said the Senate majority leader. "Why? Because the climate has changed."

Climate & Energy

Crude on the tracks: Oil spills from trains skyrocket

As more oil is being shipped by rail across North America, more oil is being spilled from trains.

Food

Monsanto virtually gives up on growing GMO crops in Europe

The agro-giant dropped eight out of nine pending applications to sell GMO seeds in Europe, citing "political obstructionism."

Climate & Energy

Deepwater Horizon blamed for still more oil spills

Mysterious oil sheens spotted in recent months in the Gulf of Mexico have been traced back to the submerged wreckage of the rig, scientists stay.

Politics

The EPA gets a new boss — finally

Gina McCarthy was confirmed by the Senate Thursday, after a record-breaking delay imposed by grouchy Republicans who don't like the EPA.

Climate & Energy

Ohio lawmakers who oppose fracking tax have gotten lots of money from frackers

Ohio's Republican governor wants the fracking industry to give something back, but GOP legislators keep rejecting his proposed fracking tax.

Climate & Energy

These conservatives like renewable energy

Farmers and other Republicans see profit potential and job opportunities in clean energy, so they're defending renewable requirements.

Climate & Energy

Wind power is a steal: Big deals in Midwest show wind’s affordability

New wind farms in the Upper Midwest are cheaper than natural-gas plants, so utility Xcel plans to boost its wind capacity by 33 percent.

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