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Climate & Energy

Huge North Dakota oil spill went unreported by furloughed feds

A spill of fracked oil from a pipeline was discovered two weeks ago, but we're only just learning about it.

Business & Technology

Big builders hoarding fracking rights beneath new homes

U.S. developers are selling new houses but keeping a little something for themselves: the right to lease the land beneath the houses to frackers.

Climate & Energy

One giant coal plant reopening in Minnesota, another shuttering in Massachusetts

A behemoth coal plant is being switched back on after two years of repairs. But a pending closure of another marks the 150th coal-plant shutdown since 2010.

Climate & Energy

Oil industry sues EPA over biofuel mandate

The American Petroleum Institute is fighting efforts to boost the percentage of biofuels in gasoline. Some green groups don't like the EPA's biofuel rules either.

Climate & Energy

Old Russian nukes provide 10 percent of U.S. electricity

But not for long. Russia is ending the deal that has sent cheap uranium from decommissioned warheads to American nuclear plants.

Climate & Energy

L.A. Times won’t publish climate-denier letters

Factual inaccuracies -- like claims that there's no evidence for human-caused climate change -- don't belong on the letters-to-the-editor page, the Times says.

Climate & Energy

Arr, matey: Russia charges Greenpeace protesters with piracy

Russian prosecutors are gung-ho to punish a group of Greenpeace activists under the country's anti-piracy laws.

Climate & Energy

California utilities say, “No batteries for you!”

California utilities are refusing to allow customers to install battery-equipped photovoltaic systems. They say it's to cut back on fraud, but customers and analysts suspect otherwise.

Food

U.S. government is buying up $300-million sugar glut

The government has over-promoted sugar production. So now it's buying up useless harvests and selling them at losses to biofuel makers.

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