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Climate & Energy

Colorado to scrutinize oil and gas pollution

The state, which is seeing lots of fossil-fuel extraction, plans to test water near drilling sites and study methane emissions.

Politics

1,500 protesters swarm Albany to call for continued fracking ban in N.Y.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's State of the State speech attracted a large anti-fracking demonstration.

Cities

Big 50-year plan could make Detroit greener and healthier

A new blueprint for the Motor City, backed by big bucks from foundations, calls for more open space, better mass transit, and big changes in land use.

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.

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