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Business & Technology

Oil company foils government inspectors with high-tech gadgets (coffee filters)

Shell Alaska is busy taking notes.

Politics

Lisa Jackson blasts D.C. on her way out, while Chamber of Commerce shrugs and lobbies

Two statements from two leaders provide a stark, disconcerting portrait of American energy policy.

Cities

The ongoing drought may reverse the flow of the Chicago River

Which would deposit some of its sewage-heavy fluids into Lake Michigan for all to enjoy.

Climate & Energy

Shell probably spilled fuel in an important Arctic bird habitat, of course

Rescue boats on-board the Kulluk appear to have damaged fuel tanks, potentially leaking hundreds of gallons of diesel.

Politics

Green and lefty groups band together, pledge millions to fight right-wing evildoing

Leaders of the Sierra Club, NAACP, and other liberal groups have formed the Democracy Initiative to combat big money in politics and voter suppression.

Politics

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo lays out a plan to fight climate change, increase clean energy

In his State of the State address, Cuomo calls for $1 billion in green-economy funds, an electric-car charging network, and a tighter CO2 cap.

Climate & Energy

In one Australia town, it’s too hot even to pump gasoline

... While others are in danger of being burned to the ground.

Politics

Va. governor: Tax alternative fuel vehicles, not gasoline

The revenue lost will be made up by an increase in taxes on transit riders, among others.

Climate & Energy

Virginia politician’s job isn’t to worry about Virginia’s future environment

"I can't ban something because of something that might happen 500 or 1,000 years from now," says dummy.

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