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The facts on Trump’s EPA nominee

Scott Pruitt, President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, has made some questionable claims related to global warming, fracking and the Clean Power Plan.... Read more»

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Killing the Colorado

California and EPA poised to expand pollution of potential drinking water reserves

A little-known program under federal environment law is being used to permit oil and gas companies to inject waste into the state’s aquifers, even as the thirst for groundwater grows. ... Read more»

FactCheck: More Keystone spin

With a showdown vote approaching on the Keystone XL pipeline, both sides continue to spin the facts about exports and safety.... Read more»

SciCheck

Distorting climate change threats, solutions

Two potential Republican candidates for president distorted the facts about climate change and casually dismissed well-established threats and potential solutions.... Read more»

FactChecking competing Keystone claims

Two senators on opposite sides of the Keystone XL pipeline debate are selectively spinning the facts to make their case. ... Read more»1

Guest opinion

Why are Republicans so obsessed with their Keystone pipe dream? For 35 jobs?

The 114th Congress is underway, and in a move that speaks volumes about the Republican leadership’s agenda, the first order of business is rubber-stamping the Keystone XL pipeline. The GOP is doing a big favor for Canadian oil interests by trampling the long-established process for making important environmental decisions. In return, Americans get sharply increased risks to our climate and water quality. ... Read more»3

Fracking banned in New York

After years of delays and debate, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo decides risks outweigh rewards. ... Read more»

An unvarnished interview with oilman T. Boone Pickens

Crude oil prices are plunging, but T. Boone Pickens isn’t surprised. The billionaire oilman has seen plenty of spikes and dips during more than 60 years in the industry, including some he predicted.... Read more»

Argentina: Enormous fracking potential and opposition to match

Argentina's president says 'drill baby, drill,' but fracking makes people afraid, and so do big American oil companies.... Read more»

U.S. now sells more petro-goods to Mexico than it buys

For as far back as records go, Mexico had always exported more oil and petroleum products to the United States than it imported from its northern neighbor. This year, they're trading places.... Read more»

Fracking near Texas border has northern Mexico trembling

Defenders of shale gas drilling point out that the tremors it causes are minor. Tell that to earthquake-prone Mexico.... Read more»

Study: High arsenic levels in groundwater near fracking sites

A recently published study by researchers at the University of Texas at Arlington found elevated levels of arsenic and other heavy metals in groundwater near natural gas fracking sites in Texas’ Barnett Shale.... Read more»1

Big Spring, Texas: Where 'oil is God'

Forty-five minutes west of Big Spring is Midland, a city of 120,000, which serves as the region’s financial epicenter and the home base of most of the companies that employ men like Goodwin. As high oil prices and "fracking" have ushered in a major boom in the Basin, Midland has emerged as the epicenter for this new wealth. Here, money and oil flow freely.... Read more»

Polluting the well: Feds let industry poison water supply

Federal officials have given energy and mining companies permission to pollute aquifers in more than 1,500 places across the country, releasing toxic material into underground reservoirs that help supply more than half of the nation's drinking water.... Read more»

Analysis

Environmental groups whistling past the graveyard?

Environmental groups have long warned that America’s ravenous consumption of fossil fuels is not sustainable as a matter of public health or economic health . But on the heels of a boom in domestic natural gas production — most of it the result of the adoption of fracking — their opponents are in the ascendency.... Read more»

Obama's drilling denials

In a tense exchange during the Oct. 16 debate, President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney sparred over domestic oil and gas production on lands and in waters under the Obama administration’s control. The facts, for the most part, are on Romney’s side. ... Read more»

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