Belgian Awful

The ISIS supporters who attacked Brussels killed more than 30 people and injured hundreds more. The scariest part of this story is something that hasn’t happened yet and hopefully never will: an act of nuclear terrorism.
Emily Schwartz Greco
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Requiem for a Wrecking Ball

One day before Aubrey McClendon swerved to hit a concrete wall, a grand jury charged him with conspiring to rig bids for fracking leases. It looks like the Chesapeake co-founder preferred suicide by SUV to a decade behind bars.
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A Greener Leap Year

What if an extra day somehow slipped into your month? This being a leap year, it’s a reasonable question. The climate justice movement won’t take this 366th day for granted.
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A Green and Dirty Gift

As lawmakers scurried to keep the government open and head home for the holidays, they wrapped spending and tax deals into a costly measure that highlighted our nation’s mismatched energy policies.
Emily Schwartz Greco
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Don’t Be a Fossil-Foolish Investor

Investors who choose to steer clear of oil, gas, and coal are protecting their portfolios in the short term and the long run. Rather than punishing the people and institutions financial markets are rewarding them.
Emily Schwartz Greco

Big Oil Can’t Go On Like This

Ensuring that our planet remains hospitable requires leaving about three-quarters of all oil, gas, and coal deposits underground. Forgoing all those fossil fuels means oil companies need to change or go out of business.
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The Great Pumpkin Shortage Is Coming

The imminent pumpkin shortage is only the latest example of how changing weather patterns are endangering some of our favorite foods and drinks. Thanks for nothing, global warming. If this is news to you, try this sampler plate.
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Francis Gets Served the House Specialty

Francis expressed a belief in our collective power by asking us all to pray for him. Maybe the pontiff should have asked us to pray for something else: that Congress might actually listen to a word he’d just said.
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The GOP’s Can’t-Do Attitude

The second Republican presidential debate shed light on why the GOP doesn’t want to do anything about climate change. Sen. Marco Rubio led the charge against shifting to green energy. That can't-do attitude could drown Rubio's home state.
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Hurricane Francis

After a three-day jaunt in Cuba, the People’s Pope will fly to Washington. He’ll become the first pontiff to address Congress while quite possibly urging lawmakers to take firm action on climate change and to promote immigration reform.
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Greening America’s Energy Workforce

The solar and wind industries are generating new jobs. With strategic support and public-private cooperation, thousands of unemployed oil workers and coal miners could potentially land wind and solar jobs.
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Lighting a Legal Fuse

Climate action is finally gaining ground in Washington. No, not that Washington. Following their victory in a Seattle court, eight children are pressing Washington State’s Department of Ecology to crack down on carbon pollution.
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Losing Their Grip

The Supreme Court’s affirmation of the right to marry and its rainbow-striped afterglow unleashed conservative tantrums. Why aren’t they making more noise about the string of fires destroying southern black churches?
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The Divestment Dividend

Students, professors, and alumni are increasingly telling their schools to put their money where their mission is by shunning oil, gas, and coal assets. And there’s no more symbolic time of year to make that kind of statement.
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Going Off the Rails

Some 1.4 million gallons of oil spilled in U.S. rail accidents in 2013 — more than over the previous four decades combined. A record 141 of these accidents occurred in 2014. What will it take to pull the brakes on this recklessness?
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King Coal Catches Black Lung

Richly rewarding failure is absurd. Yet it’s business as usual for King Coal as companies large and small hurtle toward bankruptcy. Without profits, the industry will eventually collapse. And that’s good environmental news.
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Green Believers

Green energy won’t hit critical mass until conventional wisdom stops dismissing the prospect of wind, solar, and other options supplanting fossil fuels as some kind of joke.
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Pipeline to Nowhere

There are many good arguments against the $8-billion pipeline on environmental and labor grounds. Here’s another reason why the pipeline shouldn’t be built: It’s a waste of money.
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The Not-So-Good News about the Border Crisis

While it’s true that the United States can’t welcome every refugee in the world, the instability and insecurity flaring in El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras follows more than a century of U.S. meddling in those countries.
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A Simpler Solution to Climate Change

In her powerful new book, "This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate," Naomi Klein finds that humanity has no choice but to ditch its fossil fuel-driven global economy for a local model powered by renewable energy.
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Solar Power Gets Hot, Hot, Hot

With so many homeowners and businesses making greener energy choices, private utilities see the writing on the wall. They're trying to coax lawmakers into rigging the rules against increasingly competitive new energy alternatives.
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The Class War Goes Retail

Why does Wall Street tank on news portending economic gains for most Americans? Don’t people with extra money boost the economy when they spend more freely? Isn’t it something worth celebrating? Not in an economy that caters to the rich.
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A Deluded Consensus on Discrimination

A wide majority of U.S. voters say black Americans who can’t get ahead should blame themselves for their troubles instead of racial discrimination. That’s one of the more startling findings from a recent Pew Research Center effort to bunch
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Recipe for Ripoffs

The United States has inked free-trade deals with 20 countries over the past three decades. It’s now clear that this zeal benefits corporations while hurting the rest of us.
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Behind the GOP’s Unhealthy Attack

The “nattering nabobs of negativism” haven't a hope of rolling back the Affordable Care Act. So why are they beating this dead horse? Could those taxes on the richest Americans that are helping to pay for it be fueling this madness?
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The Way Forward: Tax and Spend

Yes, conservatives have tried for years to turn "tax and spend" into an epithet. But this strategy would reduce joblessness and inequality while stimulating the economy.
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The Unaffordable WeDon’tCare Act

The GOP is moving ahead with new plans to replace the Affordable Care Act. Their belated solution to the nation's health insurance challenges just makes working families pay more.
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