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Climate & Energy

Kochs and Republicans launch bid to snuff out wind-energy tax incentives

The fossil fuel industry thinks Americans have had just about enough of federal handouts for sources of energy that aren't fossil fuels.

Climate & Energy

U.N.: Hurry up on climate action or we’re screwed!

A U.N. report warns that we're failing to meet climate goals, and outlines how we could get back on track -- just in time to inspire delegates at next week's big climate confab.

Climate & Energy

Crowdfunded science suggests that coal-hauling trains cause air pollution

An atmospheric scientist solicited funding online for research into pollution from coal trains, and now his preliminary results are in.

Politics

Ballot effort to ban tar-sands oil from Maine city appears to have failed

A ballot initiative to prevent tar-sands oil from being piped through South Portland and loaded onto ships narrowly lost, according to initial poll results.

Climate & Energy

Colorado voters tell fracking industry to frack off

Residents of the Colorado cities of Boulder, Fort Collins, and Lafayette voted Tuesday to ban or suspend fracking.

Business & Technology

More corn grown in U.S. this year than ever before. Thanks, biofuels.

American farmers are set to harvest 30 percent more corn this year than last year. That's due to agreeable weather and EPA's biofuel mandate.

Climate & Energy

Schools install pricey filters to protect kids from frac sand

In Wisconsin, the booming frac-sand industry is bringing lots of challenges. Still, some lawmakers want to prevent local governments from regulating it.

Climate & Energy

Carbon tax revenues could dwarf fossil fuel losses

If carbon is priced high enough to meet international climate goals, fossil fuel companies would lose up to $12 trillion by 2100, but governments would gain up to $32 trillion in revenues, a new study finds.

Business & Technology

Frackers might soon be allowed to float their wastewater down rivers

The U.S. Coast Guard has proposed a policy that would let fracking waste be barged around the country. What could go wrong?

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