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Politics

Sen. Reid proposes chopping $4 billion in oil subsidies to help the economy

With damage from spending cuts already being seen, an end to oil subsidies would be welcome but nowhere near enough.

Business & Technology

BP’s federal penalty for the Gulf spill is final: $4 billion

Here's a little context for the "largest criminal penalty" in history.

Living

Good news for peer-to-peer car-sharing

Lyft takes off in California, clearing a regulatory hurdle and expanding into L.A. Meanwhile, Getaround is getting bigger in Portland.

Politics

Republicans are very satisfied with the quality of the environment

But they're not as satisfied as Democrats are with the military. Because Gallup's latest poll is a gauge of bias more than anything.

Climate & Energy

U.S. lags woefully behind other rich countries on energy taxes

We'd rather spend $16 billion on a year's worth of crop insurance than 35 cents more for a gallon of gas. And don't even think about a carbon tax.

Business & Technology

Multinational oil companies, 2; sovereign nations, 0

Shell beats back a lawsuit over pollution in Nigeria, and Chevron scores a point in its fight to avoid paying for its mess in Ecuador.

Politics

If named secretary of defense, Chuck Hagel will leave Chevron’s board

Only seems fair.

Cities

Climate change will be great for Toronto, says insincere troll

In reality, the city worries that its infrastructure can handle the shifts.

Food

Will 2013 be the year of ag-gag bills?

Animal advocates expect Big Ag will fight even harder against whistleblowers this year.

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