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Climate & Energy

Draft fed rules would let frackers do whatever they want, but they’re still not happy

Environmentalists were dismayed by draft fracking rules released a year ago, but hoped the administration would tighten them up in the next round. The opposite happened.

Politics

Moniz confirmed as energy secretary, McCarthy’s EPA nomination advances

The Senate confirmed Ernest Moniz as the new energy secretary, and Gina McCarthy's nomination as EPA administrator cleared a committee.

Food

Ag-gag bill chokes in Tennessee

Tennessee's Republican governor vetoed a bill that would have made it harder for animal activists to expose abuses by agricultural workers.

Politics

Heady Colo. farmers plowing ahead with hemp farming

One Colorado farmer has planted the nation's first big industrial hemp crop in 60 years. Yes, it's still illegal.

Climate & Energy

As climate change broils the Arctic, John Kerry apologizes

At Arctic Council meetings in Sweden, the secretary of state wants the world to know the U.S. is very sorry for all that it has done to destroy the ice.

Climate & Energy

California might borrow $500 million from its climate fund

California's governor saw $500 million sitting around, waiting to be spent on climate projects, and decided it should probably be spent in other ways.

Climate & Energy

97 out of 100 climate scientists agree: Humans are responsible for warming

Say it again: Another exhaustive study confirms that there's virtually no disagreement among climate scientists about the cause of climate change.

Climate & Energy

Just in time for summer: Budget cuts force Forest Service to skimp on firefighters, trucks

Across-the-board spending cuts triggered by congressional uselessness will see more than 500 federal firefighting jobs cut this summer, despite the threat of major wildfires.

Food

Kosher salt: Don’t stress about sodium intake (unless you’re an average American)

A new study says limiting our salt intake to under 2,300 milligrams a day might not actually be that beneficial. But most Americans consume way more salt than that.