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President Obama Declares Alaska's Bristol Bay Off Limits to Oil and Gas Leasing

Alaska Dispatch News | Posted 12.17.2014 | Green
Alaska Dispatch News

President Obama on Tuesday declared Bristol Bay "a beautiful natural wonder" and designated its salmon-rich waters indefinitely off limits for oil and gas leasing.

Kate Sheppard

Obama Bars Oil And Gas Development In Alaska's Bristol Bay

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON –- President Barack Obama announced new protections on Tuesday for Alaska's Bristol Bay, barring oil and gas development in the region. ...

Kate Sheppard

Sage-Grouse Species Get Thrown Under The Omnibus

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 12.10.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON – The $1 trillion omnibus spending agreement released by congressional lawmakers on Tuesday night ultimately managed to avoid including a...

Animal Feedlots And Oil Operations Leave An Impact You Can See From Space

The Huffington Post | Katherine Boehrer | Posted 12.14.2014 | Green

These photos have a strange beauty, yet they're a strong reminder of the constant but often hidden impacts humans have on the world around us. Bri...

Economic Success of Ukraine: A Shared Responsibility

Olga Bielkova | Posted 12.05.2014 | World
Olga Bielkova

Ukrainian politicians, myself included, have no right to let Ukrainian economy collapse. Neither does the rest of the world.

Gas Prices Sink Below $2 A Gallon In Texas And Oklahoma

AP | KEN MILLER | Posted 12.05.2014 | Green

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Gas has dropped below $2 a gallon at a handful of stations in Oklahoma and Texas this week, a level that a price-watching group...

Follow the Sand to the Real Fracking Boom

James Stafford | Posted 11.25.2014 | Business
James Stafford

When it takes up to four million pounds of sand to frack a single well, it's no wonder that demand is outpacing supply and frack sand producers are becoming the biggest behind-the-scenes beneficiaries of the American oil and gas boom.

A Tale of Two Oil Companies

Carl Pope | Posted 11.12.2014 | Green
Carl Pope

The next time you read a glossy Chevron ad, you might remember that Chevron and Breitling are on the same team.

New Protections For Threatened Bird Could Bring Drilling Restrictions

AP | By DAN ELLIOTT | Posted 11.13.2014 | Green

DENVER (AP) — Federal officials granted protection to the Gunnison sage grouse on Wednesday, a move that could bring restrictions on oil and gas dri...

Kate Sheppard

Loophole Allows Many Dangerous Chemicals In Fracking Fluids To Go Undisclosed: Report

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.22.2014 | Green

WASHINGTON -- When it comes to environmental pollutants, sometimes what's legal is what's most worrying. That's the conclusion of a new report on a ma...

Paul Blumenthal

Mary Landrieu's Fossil Fuel Stance Both A Blessing And A Curse

HuffingtonPost.com | Paul Blumenthal | Posted 10.02.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- For Louisiana, the fossil fuel industry is both a blessing and a curse. More than 300,000 people in the state are employed in the oi...

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 11.24.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.04.2014 | 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 11.02.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.29.2014 | 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 10.27.2014 | 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 10.26.2014 | 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 10.25.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.21.2014 | 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 10.18.2014 | 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.