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Production at the Barnett Shale.

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Production at the Barnett Shale.

EPA Rules a Boon for Texas: Energy Study

Texas Gov. Rick Perry calls the Environmental Protection Agency’s carbon-reduction plan a “direct assault” on energy providers. A new study, however, says the producers in his state may be its biggest beneficiaries. A study set for release today from the independent Center for Strategic and...

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

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A couple cools off with ice cream in front of a display of a butter cow and calf, made from 2,100 pounds of butter, at the Ohio State Fair in Columbus, in this Aug. 3, 2006 file photo.

Butter Cow Has Competition: Butter Menagerie

Even better than the fried salad on a stick and funnel cakes on sale at the annual Iowa State Fair: The display of the legendary Butter Cow. This year, the theme is “Field of Dreams” - honoring the 25th anniversary...

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

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Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (L) meets with US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) during talks on Iran's nuclear program, in Vienna, on July 13, 2014.

Iranian Instagram Diplomacy: Smile

There may be “significant gaps” remaining to be resolved between Iran and  world powers, yet that hasn’t stopped the Islamic Republic’s deputy foreign minister from trying his own unique way of narrowing differences. During a top-level meeting in Palais Coburg,...

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

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Opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline join the Cowboy and Indian Alliance in a rally in Washington, D.C., on April 26, 2014.

Keystone Lobby Outguns Protesters

Thousands of people from across the country marched around the White House last year chanting slogans and carrying placards in protest of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, a project to link Canada’s oil sands to Gulf Coast refineries. But in...

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Coal outside Price, Utah.

Photograph by George Frey/Bloomberg

Coal outside Price, Utah.

EPA Rule: Legal Backing for Climate Plan — or ‘Lipstick on a Pig’

Buried in the Environmental Protection Agency’s plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions, which was published in the Federal Register today, is a second rule that may provide a crucial legal backstop to the plan. The EPA’s proposed rule to cut the...

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

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A mock oil pipeline is carried during a Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline demonstration near the White House in this Nov. 6, 2011 file photo.

Kochs Go Beyond Obamacare

Since October, the billionaire-backed non-profit Americans for Prosperity has hewed to one simple message: Obamacare is bad. They’ve been by far the most vocal group in the country on this point, running 24,000 TV  ads in 14 states — criticizing...

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Bloomberg by the Numbers: $2.1 Million

Billionaire climate-change activist Tom Steyer gave $2.1 million more to his super-political action committee on June 4. Steyer, founder and former chief executive officer of the San Francisco-based investment firm Farallon Capital Management, is financing NextGen Climate Action Committee to...

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

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The Gulf Coast Project, a 485-mile crude oil pipeline being constructed by TransCanada Corp., is part of the Keystone XL Pipeline Project and will run from Cushing, Oklahoma to Nederland, Texas.

Steyer: Keystone a Terrorist Target — Study by Retired SEAL

Billionaire environmentalist Tom Steyer has a new complaint about the Keystone XL pipeline: It’s  a magnet for terrorists. Steyer’s group, NextGen Climate America, commissioned retired Navy SEAL David Cooper to do a security analysis of the controversial, $5.4 billion project...

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