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February 23 2014

08:00

Big Oil, Bad Air

Center for Public Integrity - By Alex Cohen, Chris Zubak-Skees, Zahra Hirji, Sabrina Shankman, Marcus Stern. - Feb. 23 (Special Report) - When Lynn Buehring leaves her doctor’s office in San Antonio she makes sure her inhaler is on the seat beside her, then steers her red GMC pickup truck southeast on U.S. 181, toward her home on the South Texas prairie. About 40 miles down the road, between Poth and Falls City, drilling rigs, crude oil storage tanks and flares trailing black smoke appear amid the mesquite, live oak and pecan trees.

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February 19 2014

08:00

Major Oil Companies Making Double Profits from Oil Spills

ringoffireradio.com - By Alisha Mims - Feb. 19 (Investigative Report) - An investigation led by a former Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) engineer and an environmental and civil rights attorney is uncovering evidence that major oil companies are being paid twice for cleaning up toxic oil spills. Multibillion-dollar companies like Chevron, ExxonMobil, and BP are being paid for cleanup efforts with state government funds and again, in secret, by insurance companies, Reuters reports.

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February 16 2014

04:10

Climate change is an issue of national security, warns Ed Miliband

theguardian.com - By Toby Helm, Jamie Doward - Feb. 16 (News Report) - Britain is sleepwalking towards disaster because of a failure to recognise that climate change is causing the extreme weather that has blighted the country for more than a month, Ed Miliband has warned. The Labour leader says in an interview with the Observer that climate change is now an issue of national security that has the potential not only to destabilise and cause conflict between regions of the world, but to destroy the homes, livelihoods and businesses of millions of British people. Criticising David Cameron for appearing to backtrack on his commitment to the environmental cause, he calls on senior figures in all parties to unite behind the scientific evidence that climate change is a key factor in extreme weather. Failure to do so, he warns, will have catastrophic consequences. Miliband says the science on the issue is now overwhelming, citing the government's ...

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February 11 2014

08:00

The Sixth Extinction: Elizabeth Kolbert on How Humans Are Causing Largest Die-Off Since Dinosaur Age

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Feb. 11 (Special Report) - Scientists say we are now experiencing the sixth extinction, with up to 50 percent of all living species in danger of disappearing by the end of the century. But unlike previous extinctions, the direct cause this time is us — human-driven climate change

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January 24 2014

08:00

Acidification fight faces political hurdles

seattletimes.com - By Craig Welch - Jan. 24 (Special Report) - The corrosion of the oceans by carbon-dioxide emissions has barely made a ripple among Washington, D.C.’s power brokers. Little money gets earmarked for research. Ocean change has inspired few stabs at curbing CO2. In fact, aside from West Coast lawmakers and scattered others from coastal regions, few in Congress seem to grasp the scale of the challenge, said current and retired lawmakers from both parties.

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January 09 2014

08:00

Critics: Obama's Allegiance to Gas a Betrayal of Climate Promises

Common Dreams - By Jon Queally - Jan. 09 (News Report) - Obama's stance on natural gas is a betrayal of his rhetoric on climate change, say critics. (File) A "free pass to pollute." That's what environmental advocates say the Obama administration's new rules, announced Wednesday, give the nation's gas-burning power plants. read ...

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December 26 2013

08:00

2013 In Review: Obama Talks Climate Change–But Pushes Fracking

Mother Jones - By Suzanne Goldenberg - Dec. 26 (Special Report) - This was the year when climate change came out of the closet. Barack Obama elevated climate change to one of his top presidential priorities. White House and other officials brought up the topic in public after spending the previous four years scuttling away from any mention of climate change. Climate change became a factor in state elections and there were polls suggesting even Republicans in the most conservative states wanted to take measures to avoid a future of dangerous climate change. But it was also a year when Obama claimed as a personal achievement the expansion of oil and gas production through hydraulic fracturing, and when the coal industry sent coal overseas to rescue the mines closing down at home. Barack Obama used the January 21 inaugural address for his second term in the White House to renew his commitment to respond to the climate crisis "knowing that ...

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December 24 2013

08:00

Elizabeth Warren Comes Down Hard Against Keystone XL Pipeline While Hillary Clinton's Allies Push It Ahead

AlterNet - By Eric Zuiesse - Dec. 24 (News Report) - On Friday, December 20, Democratic U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren finally separated herself clearly from former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, regarding the issue of climate change and global warming. TransCanada Corporation wants to build the Keystone XL Pipeline to carry oil from Alberta Canada's tar sands to two refineries owned by Koch Industries near the Texas Gulf Coast, for export to Europe. Hillary Clinton has helped to make that happen, while Elizabeth Warren has now taken the opposite side.

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December 17 2013

08:00

ALEC Calls for ‘Guerilla Warfare’ in Weakening Carbon Emissions Standards

ecowatch.com - By Aliya Haq - Dec. 17 (News Report) - ALEC claims it is increasing its transparency, but old habits die hard (if they die at all). Several reporters were refused entry into the conference, including Dana Milbank of The Washington Post and Andy Kroll of Mother Jones. A few handpicked media outlets were allowed to attend the large plenary sessions, but not the task force meetings between lawmakers and corporations.

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08:00

Obama and Climate Change: The Real Story

Rolling Stone - By Bill McKibben - Dec. 17 (Opinion) - If you want to understand how people will remember the Obama climate legacy, a few facts tell the tale: By the time Obama leaves office, the U.S. will pass Saudi Arabia as the planet's biggest oil producer and Russia as the world's biggest producer of oil and gas combined. In the same years, even as we've begun to burn less coal at home, our coal exports have climbed to record highs. We are, despite slight declines in our domestic emissions, a global-warming machine: At the moment when physics tell us we should be jamming on the carbon brakes, America is revving the engine.

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December 16 2013

08:00

Fracking protesters' blade blockade

BBC News - Dec. 16 (News) - Anti-fracking activists block a shale gas test site in Greater Manchester with a 17m (56ft) wind turbine blade.

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December 12 2013

08:00

Mexico moves to open oil resources

BBC News - Dec. 12 (News) - Mexico's Senate approves a measure to open the state-run oil fields to foreign investment for the first time in 75 years.

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December 11 2013

08:00

ALEC's "Institutional Corruption," From Backing Apartheid to Assault on Clean Energy, Public Sector

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Dec. 11 (Special Report) - We discuss ALEC’s latest efforts, along with its historic opposition to divestment campaigns from apartheid South Africa, with Lisa Graves of the Center for Media and Democracy.

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December 03 2013

08:00

#ShutDownCanada: Anti-Fracking Actions Erupt

Common Dreams - By Lauren McCauley - Dec. 03 (News Report) - Anti-fracking activists across Canada have taken to the streets Monday, answering a rallying call by the Elsipogtog Mi’kmaq First Nation who have called for an Emergency Day of Action to protest assault on native lands and right to protest. After a series of weekend anti-fracking blockades where members of the Elsipogtog community and their allies faced off against energy company SWN Resources in New Brunswick, supporters of the indigenous protest movement are rallying outside the Canadian parliament in Ottawa.

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December 02 2013

08:00

Mexican rally targets energy reform

BBC News - Dec. 02 (News) - Tens of thousands of people protest in the centre of Mexico City against President Enrique Pena Nieto's planned overhaul of the energy sector.

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November 22 2013

08:00

Climate Activists: Carbon Trading a “False Solution” Pushed by Bankers and Bureaucrats

Democracy Now - By Amy Goodman - Nov. 22 (Opinion) - One of the core solutions to reducing climate change proposed in the Kyoto Protocol has resurfaced at the latest U.N. climate talks in Warsaw, Poland -- the creation of a carbon market. However, climate activists here say it is a “false solution” pushed by bankers and bureaucrats. We speak with South African activist and professor Patrick Bond, who says negotiators should instead emphasize cutting emissions and paying climate debt.

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November 20 2013

08:00

Colorado Fracking Companies Admit to Major Air Pollution Problem, Emissions Rules Proposed

nationofchange.org - By Jesse Coleman - Nov. 20 (News Analysis) - With approval from major drilling and fracking companies, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper has proposed a set of regulations to reduce pollution from methane and other dangerous gases leaked by the oil and gas industry. The rules are focused on fracking wells, a mostly unregulated drilling technology that has allowed an unprecedented increase in fossil fuel extraction in Colorado and across the nation.

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November 16 2013

08:00

House readies vote to thwart ‘fracking’ regs

The Hill - By Ben Geman - Nov. 16 (News Report) - The House will likely vote next week on GOP bills that would block Interior Department regulation of oil and gas “fracking” and set new deadlines for drilling permit approvals. On fracking, Rep. Bill Flores’s (R-Texas) plan is the latest GOP pushback against Interior efforts to toughen regulation of fracking on federal and tribal lands.

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November 15 2013

08:00

Fossil Fuel Corporations Dominating the UN Climate Change Conference

The Real News - By Rachel Tansey - Nov. 15 (News Report) - we've always seen a lot of industry and business lobbying around the climate talks. But what's unique about this year is that the presidency of the UNCCC--that's the UN climate negotiating body--which is currently the Polish government, has invited 12--now actually 13 different companies to be partners to the conference. And these partners are corporations which are profiting from contributing to climate change. We have oil and gas companies like the French conglomerate Alstom, to polish coal and oil companies PGE and Lotos, the world's biggest steel company ArcelorMittal, not to mention BMW and General Motors, Emirates Airline, basically all corporations which are contributing massively to climate change if you look at the effects of their businesses.

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November 14 2013

08:00

Add It Up: The Average American Family Pays $6,000 a Year in Subsidies to Big Business

Common Dreams - By Paul Buchheit - Nov. 14 (Special Report) - That's over and above our payments to the big companies for energy and food and housing and health care and all our tech devices. It's $6,000 that no family would have to pay if we truly lived in a competitive but well-regulated free-market economy.

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