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Koch Brothers Positioned To Be Big Winners If Keystone XL Pipeline Is Approved

Obama’s bitterest political enemies already import and refine 25 percent of oil sands crude reaching the U.S., and stand to profit from an increased flow By David Sassoon The Keystone XL pipeline, awaiting a thumbs up or down on a presidential permit, would increase the import of heavy oil from Canada's oil sands to the U.S. by as much as 510,000 barrels a day, if it gets built. Proponents tout it a

EPA Chief Takes the Hot Seat As Fight to Block Climate Rules Intensifies

Legislators intent on blocking the EPA from controlling CO2 emissions are fishing around for a coalition-building bill that can gain traction By Elizabeth McGowan WASHINGTON—Thus far, Republicans and coal state Democrats intent on barring the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating carbon pollution have served up at least half a dozen flavors of legisla

Coral Bleaching Outbreak in Thailand Shutting Dive Sites and Slowing Tourism

The bleaching in Thailand is causing the most extensive coral damage in the country's history, some say, triggering the closing of 18 popular diving sites By David Wilson CHIANG MAI—In what experts are calling a slow disaster in the making, up to 90 percent of coral in the Gulf of Thailand and the Andaman Sea has been bleached, resulting in state shutdowns of affected areas and projected annual losses

Most Americans Oppose Restrictions on EPA, Poll Finds

Three out of four of those surveyed, including 61% of the Republicans, say "Congress should let the EPA do its job," according to a new poll by NRDC Elizabeth McGowan WASHINGTON—Anti-regulatory legislators might be thumping their chests about their newest ambitious attempts to halt the Environmental Protection Agency in its tracks. But are Amer

As Obama Extols Wisc. Cleantech, Fears of Governor's Anti-Wind Policies Grow

Pres. Obama unwittingly visits a wind plant that could go under if Gov. Walker's policy rollback occurs. Solar, however, is being left to flourish for now By Maria Gallucci President Obama's recent visit to a Wisconsin town to trumpet its cleantech success has inadvertently shone a spotlight on the state's new governor and his plans to reverse a law that advocates say is needed for the wind industry t

Controversy over Meaning and Timing of Oil Pipeline Report

TransCanada says their proposed pipeline could free the U.S. of Middle Eastern oil imports. Opponents say DOE's report shows the pipeline is not needed By Elizabeth McGowan WASHINGTON—Allowing a Canadian company to construct a third oil sands pipeline through the nation's heartland could eventually eliminate U.S. dependence on Middle Eastern oil, while having little impact on global emissions of heat-

Obama Taps Bingaman to Build Bipartisan Consensus for Clean Energy Standard

Bingaman's Oval Office meeting sends a signal that Obama is counting on the senator's savvy to pass a measure that both business and enviros can support By Elizabeth McGowan WASHINGTON—When describing Sen. Jeff Bingaman, observers on Capitol Hill are quick to utter such accolades as considerate, thoughtful and practical. The lanky and cerebral New Mexico Democrat's pragmatism is now under

Smart Grid Acquisitions by ABB, GE, Siemens Point to Coming $20 Billion Boom

Nearly 75% of the smart grid money will come from utilities updating their grids, while industrial giants work to secure their piece of the pie By Maria Gallucci No one doubts that any big renewables push — like President Obama's call to get 80 percent of U.S. power from cleaner sources by 2035 — will demand an upgrade of the nation's electrical systems to digital "smart" grids. But is it happening?

Forests Are More than Sinks that Inhale Carbon, Study Warns

Well-meaning efforts to save the world's trees ignore forests' contributions to agriculture, energy, medicine and the livelihoods of local people By Catherine M. Cooney With their ability to soak up heat-trapping gases from the atmosphere, forests are front and center in international discussions about slowing climate change. But a growing chorus of researchers says the planet's trees have plenty

Controversy over Burning Trash for Power, and Carbon Credits, in India

A proposal for a waste-to-energy plant in New Delhi has opponents up in the arms over pollution, but developers insist it will be cleaner-burning By Ranjit Devraj NEW DELHI—India is going full-steam ahead with plans to build a type of power plant that converts garbage to power, despite fears by some that it could amount to a pollution disaster in a country without strong air quality regulations. Con

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