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Capping the Well

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Obama moves to put a lid on oil and gas subsidies.

As he discussed in the State of the Union address, President Obama intends to cut subsidies of oil and gas companies already making money hand over fist. In the new budget, set for release sometime this month, Obama calls for a $36.5 billion dollar reduction in subsidies and tax breaks for oil and gas companies, alongside substantial increases in funding for solar, wind, and geothermal energy......read more

Energy Company Increases Transparency

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US natural gas driller to disclose chemical use.

In light of the Gulf oil spill, many citizens are becoming increasingly distrustful of energy companies and the methods they employ. In a very positive step, Range Resources has decided to voluntarily disclose the chemicals that it uses in order to break through sediment and acquire natural gas. The decision comes under mounting concern from citizens who live near the natural gas extraction......read more

Phasing out Coal in Canada

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Country moves to make natural-gas fired plants the new clean-power standard.

The Canadian Minister of the Environment has announced that coal burning power plants must drastically cut emissions or face closure by 2025. The pronouncement signals a national shift towards more efficient, less polluting natural gas plants. The measure is expected to reduce Canadian emissions by approximately 15 megatonnes, which equates to taking 3.2 million vehicles off the road. The exact......read more

Moving on the Dirty Air Act

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Lisa Murkowski's effort to prevent the EPA from regulating greenhouse gases betrays her ties to the oil lobby.

The liberal nonprofit Moveon.org unveiled an ad campaign this week attacking three Democratic senators co-sponsors of Lisa Murkowski’s (R-AL) effort to prevent the Environmental Protection Agency from regulating greenhouse gases. The effort, which has earned the nickname “the Dirty Air Act,” has nearly unanimous Republican support. Murkowski dismissively referred to any such EPA regulation......read more

Obama Announces Government Emissions Targets

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The largest consumer of energy in the US aims for 28% decrease in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020.

President Obama announced yesterday that his administration will aim to reduce the federal government's greenhouse gas emissions 28% over the next decade. “As the largest energy consumer in the United States, we have a responsibility to American citizens to reduce our energy use and become more efficient,” said President Obama. “Our goal is to lower costs, reduce pollution, and shift......read more

Happy Birthday Slow Food Movement

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International eco-gastronomic organization celebrates twenty years of fighting fast food.

Last week marked the 20th anniversary of the the international Slow Food Movement. Celebrants around the world took part in the first ever Terra Madre Day last Thursday, which marked two decades since the signing of the Slow Food Manifesto in Paris in 1989. The manifesto laid the groundwork for the eco-gastronomic, member-supported non-profit, which is intended to revitalize local food traditions......read more

Nick Frank: Munich Subway

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Behold the eerie, modernist beauty of these photos of deserted German subway stations

Urban design fanatics can rejoice in these pictures from German photographer Nick Frank, who stalked Munich's subway stations after hours to capture the eerie, modernist beauty of underground architecture in his hometown. Frank, who works as a creative director at an ad agency by day, has an eye for bold, basic shapes and bright colors. "I really have a graphical and minimalistic eye......read more

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