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"The Senate on Tuesday blocked a Democratic proposal to strip the five leading oil companies of tax breaks that backers of the measure said were unfairly padding industry profits while consumers were struggling with high gas prices."
The chairman of the Senate Energy Committee says the Senate is unlikely to pass either "clean energy" legislation or a repeal of oil subsidies.
"Justice has eluded Ronnell Doughty, perhaps even failed him. Hospitalized as a toddler with serious lead poisoning, he's never learned to read well, dropped out of school and has a hard time controlling his temper — tragic but all-too-common outcomes of this urban health scourge. But Doughty, now 21, has been repeatedly denied a shot at compensation for the lasting injury done him two decades ago."
"The Obama administration is pushing back against plans by its oil spill commission co-chairman to spread his message about offshore drilling reforms to Cuba, the panel leader said today."
"President Barack Obama is looking to bolster U.S. oil drilling, announcing Saturday a preemptive strike against bolder efforts from Capitol Hill as consumer unrest deepens over the price at the pump."
"Call them Trump’s stumps. Last spring and summer, workers at Trump National Golf Club in Loudoun County (VA) chopped down more than 400 trees along the Potomac River so their golfers could have a better view of the water."
Eighteen non-organic produce industry groups have written the Agriculture Secretary in an an effort to muffle the impact of the upcoming USDA report on pesticide residues. The Environmental Working Group uses the annual data to highlight the "Dirty Dozen" fruits and vegetables.
"Lawmakers intensified their shootout over oil yesterday, with House Republicans passing a bill to enhance drilling while Democrats launched a plan to rescind tax breaks for major oil companies and invest in cleaner transportation."
"Senate Democrats are calling top executives from the five biggest oil companies before a congressional hearing to flog them verbally for high gasoline prices, big profits and generous tax breaks that Democrats would like to end but don't have the votes to stop."
"Republicans running for the White House in 2012 are put on the defensive for expressing belief in global warming."
Leaders of several medical societies wrote Rep. Joe Barton (R-TX) Tuesday informing him that he was wrong on the science when he denied EPA's estimate of the health damages caused by air pollution.
"Peabody Energy, the world’s largest coal company, is not, repeat, NOT, giving kids free asthma inhalers decorated with pictures of Justin Beiber, My Little Pony or Miley Cyrus."
"Leading Senate Democrats have coalesced around a political strategy in their uphill battle to repeal billions of dollars in oil industry tax breaks: Make it all about the deficit."
"Leaders of Arctic nations gather in Greenland this week to chart future cooperation as global warming sets off a race for oil, mineral, fishing and shipping opportunities in the world's fragile final frontier."
"Thursday night's Republican debate was worth watching if only to see Tim Pawlenty try to talk his way around his previous support for efforts to cut planet-warming emissions. As governor of Minnesota, Pawlenty not only acknowledged that climate change is a problem, but also endorsed a cap-and-trade plan to deal with it. That makes him something of a pariah among other Republicans these days."