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EDITORIAL: Why the federal budget bill is (mostly) good for the environment

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The massive spending bill passed by Congress earlier this month contains myriad provisions. One thing it, fortunately, does not contain is language to block the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s administration’s policy to combat climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Overall, the spending package is a mixed bag for the environment. On the plus side — in ...

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Billowing wake-up call from LA on greenhouse gas

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California is viewed as a national model in regulating greenhouse gas pollution, the one state that is actually moving the needle on climate change. That’s true to a point. But there are some gaping vulnerabilities in enforcement, and the massive natural gas leak in suburban Los Angeles underscores how far we have to go on oversight. Southern California Gas Co. ...

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Editorial: Allowing US oil exports is shortsighted

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Having access to oil is critical to the United States. It is, in fact, a matter of national security. Yet, old fashioned greed has clouded judgment as Congress, as part of its budget agreement, is lifting crude oil export restrictions that have effectively banned most sales of U.S. crude oil abroad. The price of crude oil has plummeted around the ...

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Fort Worth Star-Telegram Bud Kennedy column

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If anybody should be maddest at Ethan Couch, it should be every other teenager in Texas. Because Couch, 18, blew his chance at a real life and then went on the run, it will be tougher than ever to argue for substance-abuse treatment and probation for other juvenile offenders. Nobody around here wants to talk about the benefits of juvenile ...

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Editorial: Wanted: a path forward for Sandpiper

Enbridge pipeline marker. (Image: Environmental Defence Canada via Flickr)

A badly needed pipeline to haul Bakken crude across North Dakota and northern Minnesota was waylaid and cast into uncertainty in September by the Minnesota Court of Appeals. Just three months earlier, the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission had issued a “certificate of need” for the project known as Sandpiper. But the commission should have required the completion of an Environmental ...

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EDITORIAL: Some good, local ideas for ‘cap & trade’ to fight global pollution

Oil and gas refinery operates amidst a global shift away from fossil fuels in an effort to fight climate change and global warming

The U.S. can no longer continue its political complacency over climate change and the impact it will have worldwide. We say “political” complacency as the majority of Americans support the U.S. joining an international pact to reduce greenhouse emissions — two-thirds of them, in fact, according to a New York Times/CBS poll released last week, which coincided with President Barack ...

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Editorial: Work to keep renewable fuel standards high

An ethanol production plant in South Dakota.

Kudos to the Environmental Protection Agency and Obama administration for increasing preliminary Renewable Fuel Standards, but the new standard still misses the mark. Renewable Fuel Standards — how much biofuel will be produced and blended with traditional gasoline — were initially set by Congress in 2005 and expanded and updated as part of the 2007 Energy Independence and Security Act. ...

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Editorial: Bill Gates deserves praise for his green energy revolution

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research.

Bill Gates is positioned to remake the energy landscape, corralling 28 billionaire investors to advance clean-energy research. In his announcement, Gates distilled the wonky jargon of the Paris climate conference into something tangible: money for new clean-energy technology. Gates’ project has teeth. And once the diplomatic chatter at the conference begins to quiet, it may end up as the last, ...

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U.S. propane stocks hit record despite strong exports: Kemp

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(John Kemp is a Reuters market analyst. The views expressed are his own) LONDON – Liquefied petroleum gases (LPG) are the fastest-growing category of hydrocarbon exports from the United States, with volumes up almost four-fold since 2012. Exports have grown from less than 200,000 barrels per day in 2012 to an average of 743,000 bpd so far in 2015 and ...

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