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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.

Food

Climate change and overfishing hurt our cutest, tiniest fish

Sardines and other forage fish are struggling. Is it climate change, plankton decline, overfishing -- or all of the above?

Climate & Energy

As gas prices drop elsewhere, New York begins rationing

Nationally, Hurricane Sandy doesn't seem to have affected gas prices, which are continuing to decline.

Politics

What a Cabinet shake-up could mean for energy and the climate

Lisa Jackson at EPA, Steven Chu at the Dept. of Energy, and Ken Salazar at Interior are all rumored to be on the way out. Who might replace them?

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