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Opponents of hydraulic fracturing for natural gas, or fracking, demonstrate on the campus of Binghamton University hours before President Barack Obama is scheduled to speak about affordable college education during a town hall meeting, Friday, Aug. 23, 2013, in Vestal, N.Y. Obama is on a the second day of his two-day bus tour in upstate New York and Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Mike Groll)

New York formalizes ban on fracking, ending seven-year review

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Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Joe Martens announced the decision Monday, saying a ban was the “only reasonable alternative” after “years of exhaustive research and examination of the science and facts.”
(AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)

Supreme Court rules against EPA power plant mercury limits

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The rules began to take effect in April, but the court said by a 5-4 vote Monday that the Environmental Protection Agency failed to take their cost into account when the agency first decided to regulate the toxic emissions from coal- and oil-fired plants.
Great Britain Prime Minister David Cameron visits the Total Oil Depot shale drilling site in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire in England on January 13, 2014.  French company Total confirmed it will invest about £30 million in the shale drilling project in Gainsborough, and it is believed to be the first major energy firm to invest in U.K. fracking. Prime Minister David Cameron indicated councils would receive a significant financial boost from the business rates collected from controversial shale gas schemes, with local authorities receiving 100 percent of the business rates, double the usual 50 percent. (WPA Pool/Getty Images)

U.K. shale well rejected in blow to David Cameron’s fracking ambitions

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Opposition to hydraulic fracturing has stymied development of the U.K.’s shale industry since a drilling moratorium was lifted in 2012. The U.K. government has promoted fracking by cutting taxes and relaxing planning rules to try to lower reliance on imported gas.
FILE - In this April 11, 2015, file photo, U.S. President Barack Obama, right, and Brazilian President Dilma Vana Rousseff shake hands during their bilateral meeting at the Summit of the Americas in Panama City, Panama. Rousseff visits Washington and will meet with Obama on June 29 and 30. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

Climate top item for Obama sit-down with Brazil leader

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The meeting comes six months before world leaders gather at a United Nations-sponsored conference in Paris in December to finalize a climate treaty. Obama has argued that a gradually warming planet could worsen social tensions and political instability worldwide, in addition to harming the U.S.
FILE - In this May 21, 2015, file photo, a worker removes oil from sand at Refugio State Beach, north of Goleta, Calif. An underground pipe, owned by Plains All American Pipeline, spewed oil down a culvert and into the Pacific on May 19 before it was shut off. Democratic U.S. Sens. Barbara Boxer and Dianne Feinstein say the response to the oil spill that blackened beaches and created a 10-square-mile slick on the ocean was "insufficient." and called on federal regulators to provide more details on the activities and decisions by Plains. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

California oil spill gushed like hose ‘without a nozzle’

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An employee at the scene for Plains All American Pipeline initially suggested to firefighters that the spill “was too big to be from their pipeline,” according to the documents obtained by The Associated Press.
A crew cleans oil from the beach at Refugio State Beach on May 20, 2015 north of Goleta, Calif.  (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

Congress probing California oil spill that blackened beaches

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The House Energy and Commerce Committee on Thursday asked the pipeline operator for detailed information on maintenance of the failed line and inspection records.
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In this Saturday, May 23, 2015 photo released by the U.S. Coast Guard, two cleanup crew members work to remove oil from the sand along a portion of soiled coastline. (Chief Petty Officer David Mosley/U.S. Coast Guard via AP)

California beachfront owner sues Houston pipeline operator over oil spill

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The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is at least the fourth proposed class-action against Plains since the May 19 spill blackened beaches and spread oil at least 100 miles. Beaches and campgrounds were closed, fishing was prohibited nearby, and nearly 300 dead marine mammals and birds have been found.
This photo provided by the Santa Barbara County Fire Department shows an oil slick from a broken pipeline off the central California coast near Santa Barbara on Tuesday.   (Mike Eliason/Santa Barbara County Fire Department via AP)

Beachfront owner sues pipeline operator over oil spill

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The lawsuit filed in Los Angeles is at least the fourth proposed class-action against Plains since the May 19 spill blackened beaches and spread oil at least 100 miles.
(AP Photo/Oded Balilty, File)

House votes to block Obama’s climate plan amid veto threat

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Lawmakers voted 247-180 to support a bill allowing states to opt out of the Obama administration’s plan to limit carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants if the state’s governor determines it would cause significant rate hikes for electricity or harm reliability of service.
Tom Haag checks the progress of this years corn crop which he expects to do well if we avoid September freezes, August 15, 2013, in Eden Valley, Minn. Haag, president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association travelled to China with Governor Dayton last year and expects Chinese imports of U.S. grain to increase as more Chinese gain a higher standard of living. (Glen Stubbe/Minneapolis Star Tribune/MCT)

EPA to hear testimony from hundreds on renewable fuels plan

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The 2007 renewable fuels law was intended to address global warming, reduce dependence on foreign oil and bolster the rural economy by requiring a steady increase in the overall amount of renewable fuels such as ethanol blended into gasoline over time.