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API: EPA distorts science in hydraulic fracturing study

API (American Petroleum Institute) blasted the EPA's abandonment of science in revising the conclusions to the Assessment Report on hydraulic fracturing.

"It is beyond absurd for the administration to reverse course on its way out the door," said API Upstream Director Erik Milito. "The agency has walked away from nearly a thousand sources of information from published papers, technical reports and peer reviewed scientific reports demonstrating that industry practices, industry trends, and regulatory programs protect water resources at every step of the hydraulic fracturing process. Decisions like this amplify the public's frustrations with Washington.  

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With New Pledges and New Projects, Developing Countries Take Clean Energy Lead Globally

Climatescope: key group of emerging nations builds 18% more renewable capacity than wealthier countries and four in five have now set national clean energy targets

Developing countries have made unprecedented pledges to consume more clean energy tomorrow even as they are leading the way today with record new wind and solar project completions, the latest edition of Climatescope concludes.

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USGBC Announces International Ranking of Top 10 Countries for LEED

China tops list as demand for sustainable buildings outside of U.S. continues to drive LEED, green construction

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED, which highlights countries outside of the United States that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and market transformation. These countries represent the ever-growing international demand for LEED green buildings. This year, China moved from second to first on the list as the largest user of LEED with 34.62 million gross square meters (GSM) of certified LEED space. Canada, India, Brazil and the Republic of Korea rounded out the top five countries on the list, respectively.

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Exxon for State Department would be disaster for environment

Donald Trump has chosen Rex Tillerson, CEO of ExxonMobil, as his Secretary of State. Friends of the Earth U.S. President Erich Pica issued the following response:

Donald Trump just told the world we are the United States of Exxon. Rex Tillerson’s appointment confirms that Trump is not interested in draining the swamp or championing the regular guy. He wants to create a government controlled by robber barons that will accelerate the demise of workers, the environment and any semblance of a government for and by the people. Rex Tillerson should be prosecuted for the climate fraud and lying that Exxon Mobil has commenced over the years, not nominated as Secretary of State.

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Candidate Who Wanted to Get Rid of the Energy Department is the New Secretary

Rick Perry to head Energy DepartmentIn a baffling turn of events, President-elect Trump has appointed Gov. Rick Perry, former  opponent, and Texas Governor to head the Energy Department. The irony of course, is Rick Perry stood on the debate stage during the campaign said we should eliminate the Energy Department while forgetting the name of the Department. Even worse a missive went out to the Department of Energy.

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NRDC Report: Tar Sands Tankers in U.S. Waters Could Skyrocket 12-Fold Under Canadian Producers' Plans

A flood of dirty oil and possible damaging spills in the Atlantic, Pacific and Mississippi River threatens iconic species, tourism and communities; also would increase climate pollution double Keystone XL's

Canadian oil producers have roared back from President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline with a scheme to send hundreds of tar sands-laden oil tankers and barges down the East and West coasts and the Mississippi River, the Natural Resources Defense Council warned in a report released.

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