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Politics

A Big Oil foe runs for Congress — as a Republican

Monte Shaw, head of the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association, hates Big Oil, which is refreshing -- but he loves the ethanol industry, which is not so refreshing.

Climate & Energy

Pennsylvania to start fracking sensitive state forestland

Nearly half of Pennsylvania's shale-rich state forests have been leased to frackers. The state's Republican governor thinks that's not enough.

Climate & Energy

Duke Energy’s coal-ash spill has utterly ruined a river

The Dan River in North Carolina has been turned into gray sludge -- and Duke Energy still hasn't figured out how to stop the leak.

Politics

Hundreds of scientists urge EPA to reject Pebble Mine

A proposed gold and copper mine near Alaska’s fish-rich Bristol Bay would be a terrible idea, 360 scientists say in a letter to the EPA.

Climate & Energy

Will Obama do the right thing on ozone and smog this time around?

Obama has been as bad as Bush when it comes to curbing ground-level ozone pollution. But soon he'll have another chance to get ozone rules right.

Food

Can we save Chesapeake Bay from chicken crap?

A bill in Maryland would make poultry producers pay five cents a bird to help protect the bay from chicken-waste runoff.

Climate & Energy

Is fracking pollution deforming babies?

Infants born near fracking sites in Colorado were found to suffer from elevated rates of congenital heart defects and neural tube defects.

Food

Federal climate hubs will help farmers adapt

It's another way the Obama administration is pushing ahead on climate initiatives without the cooperation of Congress.

Climate & Energy

Step right up, Big Coal, for America’s Big Coal Giveaway

It's bad enough that the U.S. leases out so many coal tracts. Even worse is that it does so at way-below-market prices, as a new report confirms.