Big Oil’s New Pitch: Fracking Means Never Having to Fear Putin

Natural gas in Ukraine

Oil and gas companies want Washington to believe that fracking can save Ukraine from Russia. It can’t.

Obama’s Coal-Leasing Program Is Costing Taxpayers More Than $50 Billion

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The social cost of coal is huge. So why are mining leases so cheap?

White House: Delaying Climate Action Will Carry Heavy Economic Cost

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President’s economic advisers sound warning over delaying EPA power plant rules in the face of industry lobbying.

There Are 1,401 Uninspected High-Risk Oil and Gas Wells.

Oil covers the ground after a 2010 well blowout near Cheyenne, Wyoming. The state leads the nation for uninspected wells on federal land. (The inspection status of this particular well is unknown.) AP

The government is failing to conduct key safety inspections on new oil and gas wells on federal and Native American land.

China To Limit Carbon Emissions for First Time

Air pollution in Beijing. jhphoto/Imaginechina/AP

Absolute cap to come into effect, climate adviser says on the day after US announces ambitious carbon plan.

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