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Climate & Energy

A carbon tax could bring down the deficit, if it weren’t a pipe dream

A $20 per ton carbon tax in the U.S. could reduce the budget deficit by 50 percent over 10 years, according to the Congressional Research Service. But it ain't gonna happen.

Cities

Donald Trump is having methane release problems

Donald Trump, who is an obnoxious idiot, is building a golf course in the South Bronx. And like its owner, the property emits unhealthy levels of gas.

Climate & Energy

Drilling in the Arctic is a bad business decision

Even if your company is less inept than Shell, the cost of extraction and the risk of disaster are too high.

Climate & Energy

Explaining the ‘100 million to die from climate change’ claim

A new report makes for splashy headlines about climate deaths -- but it's got another message that warrants more attention.

Climate & Energy

EPA rules create $5 of good for each $1 they cost

Then why is the president being attacked for supporting them? Because of where the cost is incurred.

Climate & Energy

New York postpones fracking decision to gather information on health impacts

The state will review potential health effects of fracking before deciding whether to lift a moratorium.

Climate & Energy

Around the world in environmental news, newsreel-style

Got your popcorn? Good. Here's the news: Less cocoa, more water, more sunken treasure.

Climate & Energy

For sale: Ocean floor, ready for drillin’

The government will auction off 38 million acres of the Gulf of Mexico to fossil-fuel extractors next year.

Cities

Even as L.A. pollution drops, cars are giving kids asthma

Air pollution is down in L.A., but near highways it's still high -- and that's bad news for kids' lungs.

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