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Politics

Meet Obama’s energy secretary pick: Ernest Moniz

Moniz, an MIT physicist and former Clinton administration official, has some controversial views on natural gas as a "bridge" fuel and other energy issues.

Politics

Meet Obama’s EPA pick: Gina McCarthy

The brash Bostonite has been strong on climate change policy, but she's also friendly with industry.

Climate & Energy

Van Jones: Keystone XL would be ‘the Obama Pipeline’

Van Jones came out swinging against Keystone, warning that if it's approved it would be a big black mark on Obama's legacy.

Climate & Energy

New York Times kills its ‘Green’ blog

First the Times shut down its environment desk. Now it's shuttering its environment blog. But the paper claims it'll keep reporting on green issues.

Cities

Michigan gov.: Detroit is no longer capable of taking care of itself

The mostly white, Republican Michigan government is taking over the mostly black, Democratic Detroit government. What could possibly go wrong?

Climate & Energy

State Dept. on Keystone XL: So not a big deal

The State Department's new environmental impact statement says there's no good environmental reason not to build the Keystone XL pipeline.

Climate & Energy

As BP battles in court over Deepwater Horizon, oil spills are happening all over the place

They don't get as much press as BP's Gulf gusher did, but oil spills happen constantly. Here are just a few from this past week.

Climate & Energy

Energy-efficiency program killed in Louisiana

Thanks to shenanigans in Baton Rouge, Louisiana won't become the 47th state to adopt an energy-efficiency program.

Food

Calories make you fat, but sugary calories make you fat and diabetic

A big global study finds that sugar leads to diabetes.

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