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epublican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, speaks during a campaign rally in Manassas, Va, on Aug. 11 2012. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

Romney shifted on energy as presidential politics beckoned

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As the Republican nominee for president, Mitt Romney is far more apt to talk about oil drilling than energy-efficient cars. He has presented a plan to open up more land and coastline to oil and gas drilling, grant speedy approval to the Keystone pipeline to transport crude oil from Canada to the United States, end wind and solar power subsidies and curb regulations that discourage burning coal for electricity. It is an agenda far different than the one he outlined in his early days as governor.

Green Blog: Clouds and Climate Change: Taking Readers’ Questions

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The Green blog is taking questions on an unresolved area of climate research: whether clouds will blunt, or amplify, global warming.
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Green Blog: Q&A: Greening the City’s Zoning Rules

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New York City’s sustainability director and a green developer discuss how changes in zoning rules could speed the adoption of green roofs, renewable energy and energy-efficient features.
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Green Blog: Report Finds Pipeline Oversight Wanting

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Current federal rules do not take into account the long-term risks and environmental impacts of new pipeline routes, a report commissioned by the National Wildlife Federation argues.
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Green Blog: E.P.A. Official Resigns Over ‘Crucify’ Comments

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An official who spoke of seeking to “crucify” big polluters says that he does not want his remarks to distract people from the E.P.A.’s “important work.”
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Green Blog: Rural Life Without the Hard Edges

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Nine months into a year off the grid, a realization dawns that it’s not that hard. And then, there’s the unending natural beauty.
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Green Blog: Will Oil Extraction Harm Western Parks?

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The government is considering whether to open roughly 2.3 million acres of land in Colorado, Utah, and Wyoming to two controversial types of energy development.
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Dot Earth Blog: Worth Watching: ‘African Men, Hollywood Stereotypes’

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A short video pushes back against popular stereotypes of African men.
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Dot Earth Blog: A Critique of the Broken-Record Message of ‘Green Traditionalists’

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An environmental writer examines the rift between green traditionalists and green modernists.
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Green Blog: Ministers Wrap Up Clean Energy Meeting

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Ministers meeting in London agreed to share technology on energy-efficient appliances, map the potential for solar and wind energy and bring modern lighting to two million people in India by the end of 2015.
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