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Obama TPP trade officials got hefty bonuses from Big Banks as “reward” for joining govt

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Obama TPP officials getting paid in advance for what? Protecting corporate interests on the government’s dime?
Climate via Shutterstock

Obama loosens 4-decade ban on crude oil exports

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Obama opening the door to selling even more oil overseas? Yep.
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A plan to close Social Security field offices and outsource its work

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From a leaked SSA planning doc — they’re closing their field offices & outsourcing (but shh, don’t tell anyone).
Obama's liaison to the methan and fracking industry, Heahter Zichal. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

Thank You Street: Ex-Obama energy aide named to Board of methane giant Cheniere

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One more Obama official off to her reward — this time it’s Energy Dept. methane and fracking fan, Heather Zichal.
Lake Mead water levels, comparing the last three years

Climate crisis: Arizona may run out of water in 6 years

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Paulson wants a carbon tax. Phoenix wants water. Both are Republican. Will this move the needle on climate change?
Mountain-top removal in coal-heavy states like Kentucky & West Virginia (source)

How EPA rules allow coal states like Kentucky to increase carbon emissions (you read that right)

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Bloomberg explains the trick that will allow coal states like Kentucky to increase CO2 emissions under EPA rules.
The march of CO2 in parts-per-million. We're at 400. We need 350 for human civilization to survive.

Climate win: Appeals court in Oregon rules state court must decide if atmosphere is a “public trust”

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Oregon court required to rule on whether allowing climate change violates the “public trust doctrine.”
The Littles and the Bigs. Only one of these groups is visible to the public.

If there’s a War on Coal, Obama’s helping coal

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Obama has sold leases for 2 billion tons of coal, and is considering selling 10 billion more. Emissions, anyone?
From Fracking Fields, to Transportation, to LNG Processing, and then this. Methane leaks at every step in this process. (Source: ThinkProgress)

Another blow against methane: LNG is worse for climate than coal at real-world leakage rates, says Dept. of Energy

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The DoE gets its methane leak rates from industry. But outside measurement shows methane leaks like a sieve.
Carbon emissions reduction under the REMI sample carbon tax proposal

Carbon tax should replace cap-and-trade — better emissions benefit, better economic benefit

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Carbon taxes work, much better than cap-and-trade, for reducing carbon emissions. Here’s why.
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