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Obama Said to Be Planning New Rules on Oil and Gas Industry’s Methane Emissions

"In President Obama’s latest move using executive authority to tackle climate change, administration officials will announce plans this week to impose new regulations on the oil and gas industry’s emissions of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, according to a person familiar with Mr. Obama’s plans."

Source: NY Times, 01/14/2015

"At Least 16 Drilling Industry Workers Died in Fires, Explosions Last Year"

"It was a few minutes before 8 on a cool spring morning at an oil well in West Texas last year when truck driver Roberto Magdaleno walked over to the site supervisor to get some papers signed. At that moment, a sand separator at the well site exploded, spraying shrapnel more than 1,400 feet, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials who investigated the April 30, 2014, explosion outside Orla, Texas."

Source: EnergyWire, 01/13/2015

BPA Alternative Disrupts Normal Brain-Cell Growth, Tied To Hyperactivity: Study

"In a groundbreaking study, researchers have shown why a chemical once thought to be a safe alternative to bisphenol-A, which was abandoned by manufacturers of baby bottles and sippy cups after a public outcry, might itself be more harmful than BPA."

Source: Wash Post, 01/13/2015

"Good News For Bats! Things Are Looking Up For Stemming Disease Spread"

"The bat disease known as white-nose syndrome has been spreading fast, killing millions of animals. But for the first time, scientists are seeing hopeful signs that some bat colonies are recovering and new breakthroughs could help researchers develop better strategies for helping bats survive."

Source: NPR, 01/13/2015

"Senate to Debate Keystone XL, Setting Stage for More Energy Battles"

"The Senate voted Monday to take up a bill that would force approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, opening a debate on energy and climate change that will preview other clashes to come between President Obama and the new Republican Congress. It will also set the stage for the energy and climate battles of the presidential election next year."

Source: NY Times, 01/13/2015

"72 Percent of Republican Senators Are Climate Deniers"

"On Thursday, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) offered a simple amendment to the controversial bill that would authorize construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline. Sanders' measure, which he proposed to the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, would have declared it the "sense of Congress" that climate change is real; that it is caused by humans; that it has already caused significant problems; and that the United States needs to shift its economy away from fossil fuels."

Source: Mother Jones, 01/12/2015

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