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Lifting U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban Would Cook the Planet

Lifting U.S. Crude Oil Export Ban Would Cook the Planet

A new analysis published today by Oil Change International entitled, Lifting the Ban, Cooking the Climate, shows that eliminating existing regulations on crude oil exports could result in additional greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to 42 coal fired power plants. The analysis shows that allowing crude oil exports would eliminate a current price gap between the U.S. oil price […]

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    DOT Issues Emergency Order for Stricter Standards to Transport Crude Oil by Rail

    DOT Issues Emergency Order for Stricter Standards to Transport Crude Oil by Rail

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) yesterday issued an Emergency Order requiring all shippers to test product from the Bakken region to ensure the proper classification of crude oil before it is transported by rail, while also prohibiting the transportation of crude oil in the lowest-strength packing group. The fireball that followed the derailment and explosion […]

    Slideshow: Celebrating Denali National Park’s 97th Birthday

    Slideshow: Celebrating Denali National Park’s 97th Birthday

    Today marks Alaska’s Denali National Park—originally called Mount McKinley National Park by Congress—97th birthday. The wildlife and rugged terrain that first made it a cause celebré for the conservation movement remain as striking as ever. [slideshow_deploy id=’351625′] Modern-day Denali National Park and Preserve draws around 400,000 visitors per year, and it isn’t hard to see why. […]

    Barge Oil Spill Closes 65 Miles of Mississippi River

    Barge Oil Spill Closes 65 Miles of Mississippi River

    Saturday, an oil barge traveling down the Mississippi River near Vacherie, LA, crashed into another boat causing an oil spill and closing a 65-mile stretch of the river while officials assessed the damage, reported The Guardian. Approximately 31,500 gallons of light crude oil spilled into the Mississippi River as a result of the collision, according to the […]

    Scientists Discover Two Fatal Diseases Capable of Transmitting From Honey Bees to Bumblebees

    Scientists Discover Two Fatal Diseases Capable of Transmitting From Honey Bees to Bumblebees

    A new study published in the journal Nature investigating two infectious diseases—deformed wing virus (DWV) and the fungal parasite Nosema ceranea—finds that they could be spreading from honey bees to bumblebees, dramatically shortening the lifespan of the wild bumblebees. The study gives credence to recent research demonstrating that pesticide use compromises immune system functioning, dramatically raising their susceptibility to diseases. […]

    Southern Illinois Says No to Peabody Coal at Historic Hearing

    Southern Illinois Says No to Peabody Coal at Historic Hearing

    Outnumbering Peabody Energy supporters more than four to one among those willing to make public comments, outraged residents, farmers and former miners expertly broke down the inconsistencies and errors in the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency’s (IEPA) tentative determination to issue a water quality permit at a packed strip mine hearing on Tuesday in the heart of Illinois’ coal country. […]

    Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Energy Future

    Obama’s Nuke-Powered Drone Strike on America’s Energy Future

    So the “all the above” energy strategy now deems we dump another $6.5 billion in bogus loan guarantees down the atomic drain. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz has announced finalization of hotly contested taxpayer handouts for the two Vogtle reactors being built in Georgia. Another $1.8 billion waits to be pulled out of your pocket and poured […]

    Bluefin Tuna Suffering From Heart Attacks Due to BP Gulf Oil Spill

    Bluefin Tuna Suffering From Heart Attacks Due to BP Gulf Oil Spill

    By Andy Rowell The fallout from the BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues. The oil giant is attempting to force the U.S. government to release evidence which BP says proves that the oil spill did much less damage than at first feared. According to the Financial Times, in filings to the U.S. court in New Orleans, […]