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Climate & Energy

Cuba is finally embracing solar power

The country gets just 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but seven new solar farms will change that.

Climate & Energy

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

With Keystone XL in limbo, TransCanada announced Thursday that it wants to build an even bigger pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canada.

Politics

Former Republican EPA chiefs back Obama on climate change

EPA administrators who served under Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II co-sign an op-ed in The New York Times calling for climate action.

Climate & Energy

Sally Jewell doesn’t want any climate deniers at Interior

In an address to her department, the secretary of the interior called climate action a "moral imperative."

Climate & Energy

Should we turn deserts into carbon-sucking tree plantations?

To save the world from global warming, some scientists think we should vegetate the world's deserts out of existence.

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.