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Kate Sheppard

U.S. Emissions Increased In 2013, According To EPA

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 09.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Emissions from power plants, refineries and other industrial facilities in the United States increased in 2013, up 20 million metric ton...

Kenya: Africa's Hottest Emerging Oil Exporter

James Stafford | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
James Stafford

Not even the specter of a spillover of Islamic extremism from Somalia can dampen the atmosphere in Kenya, where commercial oil production is expected to begin in 2016 and discovery after discovery has made this the hottest and fastest-paced hydrocarbon scene on the continent.

Minnesota PUC Stymies Enbridge Sandpiper Pipeline Plans

Georgianne Nienaber | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Georgianne Nienaber

No one wants to see a major oil disaster in the Great Lakes, which contains one-fifth of the world's supply of surface fresh water and 54 percent of the world's liquid fresh water by volume.

Judge To Rule Next Week On Controversial Fracking Case

AP | SCOTT SONNER | Posted 09.04.2014 | Green

RENO, Nev. (AP) — A federal judge plans to decide next week whether to block the release of oil and gas leases in Nevada that critics say will be us...

5 Ways the Midterms Will Shape the Clean Energy and Climate Future

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

The choices we make in the voting booth always carry weight, but they have even greater heft in a year when control of the Senate is up for grabs, when GOP leaders have promised to roll back decades-worth of public health and environmental safeguards, and when the threat of climate change grows more severe.

Kate Sheppard

Charles Koch Linked To Creation Of Nonprofit Defender Of Fossil Fuels: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Documents uncovered by Republic Report link billionaire Charles Koch to the formation of a nonprofit that would later become the Institu...

State Issues Long-Awaited Fracking Rules

AP | By KERRY LESTER | Posted 08.29.2014 | Green

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Stricter requirements for disclosing the use of chemicals are part of new proposed rules issued by the state Friday as part...

#DirtyDenier$ Day 20: Senator James Inhofe

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.29.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Though the winds often come sweeping down the plains in Oklahoma, they have not blown hard enough to clear away the misguided, misleading views of Sen. James Inhofe. Inhofe is a top ranking Dirty Denier because of his campaign funding from dirty sources and his terrible votes against the environment.

Dirty Denier$ Day 18: Congressman Ed Whitfield

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.27.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Whitfield should learn the many benefits of reducing pollution. Lives saved, asthma attacks prevented, and heart attacks avoided just to name a few.

Dirty Denier$ Day 17: Congressman Rodney Davis

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.26.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Rodney Davis is far out of step with most Americans who want clean air, land, water and for the government to do something about climate change. And he needs to show some leadership by embracing his own words by taking action on climate change.

Dirty Denier$ Day 16: Congressman Henry Cuellar

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.25.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

We did a little digging and found an interesting pattern. It turns out that while Rep. Cuellar's pro-environment votes went way, way down, his contributions from the oil & gas industry went up -- way, way up.

DirtyDenier$ Day 15: Congressman Steve Daines

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Reading through Montana Rep. Steve Daines' list of campaign contributors is like looking at a who's who of dirty polluters.

DirtyDenier$ Day 14: Pat Toomey

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.21.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

One look at Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey's voting record in 2013 explains why he is the winner of our next Dirty Denier$ award. He voted against every piece of environmental legislation except one.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 13: Congressman Tom Latham

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.20.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Congressman Tom Latham represents a large, windy district in Iowa. But unfortunately the winds of change don't seem to have blown strongly enough to change his outdated views on energy and climate policy.

#DirtyDenier$ Day 12: Rob Portman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.19.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Despite his easy smile, when it comes to energy and climate, Sen. Rob Portman is a conflicted man. On the one hand, he's a cosponsor of a bipartisa...

#DirtyDenier$ Day 11: Congressman Mike Coffman

Heather Taylor-Miesle | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Heather Taylor-Miesle

Rep. Coffman isn't willing to simply trumpet his denialism, probably because voters in Colorado (where Coffman represents a district of suburban Denver with an almost equal number of Republicans and Democrats) believe global warming is happening and are worried about it.

Drillers Defy Safe Drinking Water Act, Illegally Use Diesel To Frack

ProPublica | Naveena Sadasivam | Posted 08.14.2014 | Green

ProPublica's Naveena Sadasivam Reports: A new report charges that several oil and gas companies have been illegally using diesel fuel in their hydr...

Oil And Gas Drilling Has Damaged This State's Water Hundreds Of Times

AP | Posted 09.21.2014 | Green

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Strained by limited resources and the rapid expansion of natural gas drilling in Pennsylvania, environmental regulators have ...

Obama Opens East Coast To Oil Exploration For First Time In Decades

AP | JASON DEAREN | Posted 09.17.2014 | Green

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH, Fla. (AP) — The Obama administration is reopening the Eastern Seaboard to offshore oil and gas exploration, approving seismic s...

Kate Sheppard

Texas Oil And Gas Regulator Suggests 'Out Of State Sources' Could Be Behind City's Fracking Ban

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.18.2014 | Politics

The head of the Texas Railroad Commission, the agency that regulates oil and gas operations in the state, is fighting to stop a proposed ban on fracki...

Kate Sheppard

The Government Is Still Spending Billions To Subsidize Fossil Fuels

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 07.09.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – Over the past five years, the Obama administration has repeatedly called for cutting fossil fuel subsidies in the form of tax breaks a...

An Energy Conference You Don't Want to Miss

Dominik Knoll | Posted 08.16.2014 | Business
Dominik Knoll

It passed some time since this year's CERAWeek 2014 kicked off in Houston, Texas from March third to seventh. This conference is, in my opinion, one of the best energy conferences I have attended (and I attended many over the last couple of years.)

Production vs. Attraction: Marine Life on and Around Oil Platforms

Amber Jackson | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Amber Jackson

A variety of economically valuable fishes, invertebrates and marine mammals associate with offshore oil and gas platforms. The presence of this marine life invites the question as to whether or not platforms are producing life or merely attracting life from other habitats. This is an important question.

Andrew Perez

Rep. Don Young Says Oil Drilling Regulations Are A 'Hare-Brained Idea'

HuffingtonPost.com | Andrew Perez | Posted 05.21.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Rep. Don Young (R-Alaska) wants to know who's really behind the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's decision to consider new regulations on...

Lt. Governor Candidate Says State Should 'Invade' Arctic Refuge

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 05.20.2014 | Politics

Dan Sullivan, the mayor of Anchorage and a Republican primary candidate in the Alaska lieutenant governor's race, has a plan for the much-contested Ar...