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Business & Technology

Wanna know what’s in that fracking fluid? Tough

A Texas law requiring companies to disclose what's in fracking fluid has a loophole: If the info is a "trade secret," they don't have to tell.

Climate & Energy

Renewable energy consumption is expected to keep rising in the U.S. — sort of

Renewables in the U.S. are expected to increase 4.2 percent this year, but that trend could get quashed if Congress doesn't renew a tax credit for wind power.

Climate & Energy

Is it just us, or does it seem a little warm for December?

It's December, the time of year when you just want to huddle up with a roaring fire to provide comfort from the … unseasonably warm temperatures outside.

Climate & Energy

The world is producing 2.4 million pounds of CO2 a second

Meaning that the stark, unhappy statement of total 2011 production we made a few weeks ago was too low.

Food

Are trendy homesteaders clueless about class differences?

Gardening and sewing clothes aren't just activities for hipsters. They've long been practiced by the poor.

Climate & Energy

AAA, EPA, GM trade barbs over ethanol

The American Automobile Association says the E15 ethanol fuel mix damage vehicles. The EPA responds with brightly colored stickers.

Climate & Energy

Prominent fundamentalist: God gets sad when we don’t use the oil He gave us

Or at least so says Bryan Fischer, a prominent fundamentalist who hates gays and loves fossil fuels.

Cities

Hundreds of cyclists demand safer Austin streets

Cyclists rode en masse to the Texas State Capitol following several hit-and-runs in recent weeks.

Food

Too much carbon dioxide can have a negative effect on some crops

In case you thought too much CO2 was an unalloyed good.

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