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Climate & Energy

Obama limits oil-shale development OK’d by Bush

The Interior Dept. plans to close 1.6 million acres of federal land that had been slated by the Bush admin for oil-shale development. Remember Bush?

Cities

Will baby boomers just keep on driving?

Boomers drove America's love affair with the automobile. Now that they're aging, will they cut out the driving, or just shift to different cars?

Cities

Hundreds of thousands still without power post-Sandy, provoking backlash against utilities

New York Gov. Cuomo is furious with utilities and promises to review their contracts. Meanwhile, Reuters looks at whether customers could sue.

Climate & Energy

Obama might push for a carbon tax, according to optimists unfamiliar with ‘the House’

Several reports have suggested that a carbon tax could be part of a budget deal. John Boehner laughed and laughed.

Climate & Energy

Fired coal mine employee shares letter from evil coal boss with the world

An Ohio coal company laid off employees and blamed Obama instead of acknowledging the real causes of the industry's suffering. And, yes, the coal boss is Robert Murray.

Business & Technology

U.S. oil production headed for 20-year high

The U.S. is now producing almost 6.7 million barrels of oil a day. So, um, yay?

Climate & Energy

2012 has been the hottest year ever in the United States

So far in 2012, the average temperature has been 3.4 degrees above average, and 1.1 degrees above the previous warmest year ever. Also, the drought continues.

Cities

‘Magic': How New York dried out and fired up its subway system

The New York Times has the fascinating story of how the city's transit system was pulled back from the brink of disaster.

Tree-sits: Transcendent protest glory or just bottles of pee?

Tree-sitting protests are becoming more common. They're not just about buckets of human excrement -- they can also be effective.

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