Economy & Business

"Enbridge to Buy Spectra Energy in $28 Billion Deal"

"Canadian pipeline company Enbridge Inc. on Tuesday agreed to buy Houston’s Spectra Energy Corp. in an all-stock deal valued at about $28 billion, creating a major North American energy-infrastructure company at a time when energy-industry operators continue to deal with the fallout from low oil prices."

Source: Wall St. Journal, 09/06/2016

"U.S. Companies Tout Climate Policies, Fund Climate Skeptics"

"U.S. companies that have expressed the most fervent public support for President Barack Obama’s environmental agenda are also funding its biggest enemies - the scores of U.S. lawmakers who are climate change skeptics and oppose regulation to combat it, according to a Reuters review of public records."

Source: Reuters, 09/06/2016

"Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right"

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"Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right"

By Jane Mayer
Doubleday, $29.95

Reviewed by JENNIFER WEEKS

Industrialists Charles and David Koch have operated behind the scenes for decades to influence American politics, promoting conservative arguments for limiting government power and rolling back regulations.

"Watchdog Dings EPA On Ethanol Impacts"

"The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has not properly analyzed the environmental effects of its ethanol mandate, a watchdog report found Thursday.

The 2005 law creating the renewable fuel standard requires the EPA to write reports on the environmental impacts of the requirement to blend ethanol and other biofuels with gasoline, and to determine whether measures are needed to blunt the effects.

But the EPA’s Office of Inspector General (OIG) found the agency’s compliance with those provisions lacking."

Source: The Hill, 08/19/2016

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