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Another oil train crash

We need a better way to run the world than oil: GALENA, Ill. (AP) — A BNSF Railway freight train containing 103 cars loaded with crude oil has derailed near the northern Illinois city of Galena. According to railroad officials, the train derailed around 1:20 p.m. Thursday in a rural area where the Galena River […]

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Not to piss on your enthusiasm or anything, but political insiders have told me they believe Obama will use the Keystone XL later in an attempt to bargain. I hope it’s not true, but look at how he justifies the veto: Because Congress tried to circumvent his authority. We’ll see: The Keystone bill cleared the […]

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Cyclone Marcia, a Category 5 storm, hit the coast of Queensland, Australia yesterday. Nary a mention in U.S. media, and certainly no talk of all these RECORD-BREAKING WEATHER EVENTS we’re having lately. Hmm. Authorities say it’s now too late for the 30,000 Queenslanders in the direct path of this category-five storm to evacuate, AAP reports. […]

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Yeah, like Brian Williams lying is the biggest problem with the media! And it’s not as if they’d mention this, either: A senior US scientist has expressed concern that the intelligence services are funding climate change research to learn if new technologies could be used as potential weapons. Alan Robock, a climate scientist at Rutgers […]

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So this is the second crude-oil train crash in 72 hours (there was one this weekend in Ontario). Yay, deregulation! Yay, petroleum-based economy! Two West Virginia towns are being evacuated after a train carrying crude oil derailed nearby, local media report. Emergency officials said that people from towns of Adena Village and Boomer Bottom are […]

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You’d almost think the oil industry ruled the world, since they get away so easily with despoiling it: TORONTO — Seven rail cars were on fire in northern Ontario after a train carrying crude oil derailed late on Saturday night, Canadian National Railway said on Sunday. The train, heading from Alberta to eastern Canada, derailed […]

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Could he be any more of a shill? This article originally appeared in the Huffington Post and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. The two-year, $68 billion budget proposal Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker unveiled Tuesday includes a request for $250,000 to study the health impacts of wind turbines. Page 449 of […]

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When I saw this, I just assumed it was an old story. There was another one? WTF? Over the weekend, 11 cars from an 111-car CSX train derailed in South Philly. The cars were carrying crude oil, but there were no leaks, no deaths and no injuries. This time. But the incident happened almost exactly […]

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Christ, I hope so: PHILADELPHIA, Jan 29 (Reuters) – Senior Democrats in the House of Representatives said on Thursday they would insist President Barack Obama provide hard evidence that proposed free trade deals will boost median U.S. incomes, laying out tough terms to support his trade agenda. The demands, hours before Obama’s address to a […]

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So our new progressive governor announced a moratoriun on oil and gas leases in state lands, but leaves forests available for drilling. I can understand the problem — Tom Corbett left a huge deficit, and Wolf’s going to have to come up with revenue somehow. But still! Thursday’s order does not stop the Department of […]

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