Politics

Climate & Energy

Obama admin punts on oil train safety — and another bomb train explodes

The White House decided not to draft rules on explosive gas in tanker cars, Reuters reports. Meanwhile, an oil train blows up in Illinois.

Climate & Energy

Why “you drive a car” is not a good rebuttal to calls for climate action

Conservatives' silly "gotcha" argument falls flat on its face.

Climate & Energy

Oklahoma scientists pressured to downplay link between earthquakes and fracking

Oil company execs and university bigwigs leaned on the Oklahoma Geological Survey so it wouldn’t blame quakes on fracking techniques.

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Politics

This congressman doesn’t want a federal science board to be allowed to consider science

Rep. David McKinley is pushing legislation that would prohibit the EPA from even considering landmark climate reports when it’s working on climate pollution.

Climate & Energy

Even Europe isn’t doing enough to meet its climate goals

The European Union is not on track to cut CO2 emissions sharply enough -- and that’s bad news for all of the less ambitious nations out there.

Politics

Mitch McConnell, hemp hero

It's always seemed crazy that industrial hemp got swept up in the war on drugs. The senate's Republican majority leader thinks so too.

Politics

One thing Netanyahu and Obama agree on: Climate change is a huge threat

They might have vastly different visions for how to deal with Iran, but Obama and Netanyahu agree on the necessity of climate action.

Climate & Energy

India slaps taxes on coal, while China uses less of it

As both countries get more serious about cutting pollution and building up clean energy capacity, coal feels the brunt.

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