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Climate & Energy

New Energy Secretary Moniz is all about energy efficiency

Efficiency needs to move "way, way up in our priorities," Moniz said in his first speech as secretary. He's also been meeting with lawmakers to advance energy-efficiency legislation.

Business & Technology

Federal officials hampering Texas fertilizer explosion investigation

The U.S. Chemical Safety Board is trying to figure out why a fertilizer plant exploded last month, but the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is getting in the way.

Politics

House votes to take Keystone decision out of Obama’s hands

The GOP-dominated House has passed yet another bill to speed up approval of the Keystone XL pipeline -- but it'll never become law.

Climate & Energy

Could a Chinese carbon cap pave the way for a global climate deal?

China has proposed firm limits on greenhouse-gas emissions, seriously weakening one of the U.S.’s go-to excuses for climate inaction.

Politics

Climate activists to protest at Obama group’s climate events

Organizing for Action, the president's advocacy group, should be doing more on climate change, activists say. Fighting Keystone XL would be a good start.

Climate & Energy

Gulf Coast refineries accidentally belch out a lot of chemical pollution

Inadvertent releases from oil and chemical facilities pose scary health threats to locals, according to a recent investigation. ExxonMobil and BP are big offenders.

Cities

L.A. on a green streak: New mayor pledges allegiance to smart growth, bikes

L.A.'s newly elected Mayor Eric Garcetti looks poised to follow in his predecessor's eco-friendly footsteps. So much for the city's rep as a bastion of auto-centric sprawl.

Food

Mold responsible for Irish potato famine may be gone for good

Scientists studied really old DNA to figure out what caused the famine in the 1840s. They still don't quite know, but they think the mold is now extinct. Phew.

Politics

Inhofe supports tornado aid, says it’s “totally different” from Hurricane Sandy aid

The Oklahoma senator opposed the Sandy aid bill, but says taxpayer assistance for tornado victims is a wholly worthy expenditure.

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