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Politics

New York hires seismologist with fracking industry ties to do fracking research

On the plus side, it's a step forward in an otherwise interminable process.

Politics

Former Interior Secretary Babbitt calls for one acre of conservation for every acre of oil exploration

Bruce Babbitt says Obama hasn't been protecting enough public land and should stand up to Big Oil and bad Republicans.

Climate & Energy

Don’t worry about BP; it’s going to be fine

The oil giant made billions in profits last year, and brought in billions from U.S. gov't contracts, despite that messy thing in the Gulf.

Politics

Let the speculation begin: Obama to talk climate at State of the Union

The Wall Street Journal expects Obama to call for regulation of carbon pollution from existing power plants.

Politics

Obama taps Sally Jewell, CEO of REI, for Interior post

REI CEO Sally Jewell's mixed background in environmental advocacy and the energy industry makes her an interesting pick for Secretary of the Interior.

Seattle and San Francisco consider divesting from fossil fuels

San Francisco joins Seattle in looking at dropping fossil fuel investments from employee pension funds.

Business & Technology

We’re on the verge of a scary undersea gold rush

Soon fancy robots will be drilling miles deep into the sea floor for gold. What could go wrong?

Business & Technology

Huge paper company promises to stop being deforesting jerks

Under pressure from activists, the world's third-largest paper pulper has agreed to stop clear-cutting natural rainforest in Indonesia.

Climate & Energy

Find out which facilities near you are doing the most damage to the climate!

Spoiler: Probably the ones with big smokestacks that generate your electricity.

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