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Climate & Energy

Feds will let wind farms kill eagles for 30 years

Wind energy companies will be able to get 30-year "take" permits for eagles if they implement “advanced conservation practices” to help protect birds.

Legalize pot, save a lot of energy

To be blunt: Indoor marijuana cultivation accounts for 1 percent of all U.S. electricity usage. But legalization would help weed go solar.

Climate & Energy

Big corporations are getting ready for carbon taxes, even if we’re not

You know it's bad when oil companies see the light on carbon taxing before the tax-collectors do.

Triple threat: Obama orders federal agencies to boost clean energy use threefold

As part of his climate plan, the president cleans up his own house by calling on the federal government to use more renewable electricity.

Climate & Energy

Climate sneak attack: New report predicts sudden changes

Like a good movie villain, climate change may have more nasty surprises in store.

Politics

Nancy Sutley plans her White House exit

Another member of Obama's environmental team is headed for the door. Sutley, chair of the White House Council on Environmental Quality, will step down in February.

Climate & Energy

Air apparent: Once we start geoengineering, it may be hard to stop

The authors of a recent study thought maybe it'd be a good idea to look before we leap into the caldera of the fake-volcano business.

Politics

Times are tough for the fossil-fuel lovers at ALEC

The Koch-funded American Legislative Exchange Council, which pushes anti-environmental state bills, is having trouble raising money and keeping members.

Politics

Jerry Brown keeps getting heckled by anti-fracking protesters

California's governor supports fracking. A whole lot of his constituents don't, and they're being increasingly vocal about it.