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Business & Technology

Have coal companies been ripping Americans off even more than we already knew?

The Interior Department is investigating whether coal companies have been dodging royalty payments for coal mined from public land.

Climate & Energy

Unable to stop climate change, EPA prepares for it

A draft "Climate Change Adaptation Plan" outlines how global warming will muck with EPA's efforts to protect our air and water.

Climate & Energy

As emissions drop, Northeast tightens its cap-and-trade system

The Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative plans to slash the amount of allowable climate pollution. Conservatives, of course, are complaining.

Climate & Energy

Exelon issues dumbest threat in the history of dumb threats

Guys, we don't want to scare you, but building more wind turbines might kill off nuclear plants.

Politics

New York might allow public input on fracking study; Yoko doesn’t wait

And if the governor doesn't allow public comment, all you have to do is be famous and release a YouTube video. Done and done.

Business & Technology

Ohio revokes drilling license of company caught dumping fracking fluid in the sewer

When there's a lot of money to be made, a lot of people of varying commitment to ethical behavior will show up.

Politics

Congress takes a big hit of hemp-farm legalization

A bill introduced in the U.S. House this week would legalize the farming of industrial hemp, and a Senate bill will soon follow.

Politics

Outgoing energy secretary denies lurid allegations from prominent news outlet

Steven Chu was forced to rebut allegations of an extramarital affair on Facebook.

Business & Technology

Oil companies aren’t happy that the government is making them fix defective offshore rig parts

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