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Climate & Energy

Offshore fracking in California: What could go wrong?

Operators have been fracking off the coast of California since the late '90s, unbeknownst to state regulators and with little federal oversight.

Climate & Energy

Keystone study contractor under scrutiny by State Dept. watchdog

Does the consulting firm studying the environmental impacts of Keystone XL have a conflict of interest? State's Inspector General is looking into the question.

Climate & Energy

The first rule of fracking is: Don’t talk about fracking

Under the terms of their family's damage settlement with a drilling company, two kids are forbidden from talking about fracking for the rest of their lives.

Climate & Energy

Big nuke company decides renewables are a better bet in the U.S.

French utility EDF is selling its stake in five American nuclear reactors, citing concerns about profits. It will focus on renewable energy instead.

Climate & Energy

Cuba is finally embracing solar power

The country gets just 4 percent of its electricity from renewable sources, but seven new solar farms will change that.

Climate & Energy

TransCanada plans colossal trans-Canada oil pipeline

With Keystone XL in limbo, TransCanada announced Thursday that it wants to build an even bigger pipeline from Alberta to eastern Canada.

Politics

Former Republican EPA chiefs back Obama on climate change

EPA administrators who served under Nixon, Reagan, Bush I, and Bush II co-sign an op-ed in The New York Times calling for climate action.

Climate & Energy

Sally Jewell doesn’t want any climate deniers at Interior

In an address to her department, the secretary of the interior called climate action a "moral imperative."

Climate & Energy

Should we turn deserts into carbon-sucking tree plantations?

To save the world from global warming, some scientists think we should vegetate the world's deserts out of existence.

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