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A housing development above the smog-filled valley of Salt Lake City in Utah.

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A housing development above the smog-filled valley of Salt Lake City in Utah.

Senate’s Climate Change All-Nighter: Look Who’s Skipping the Party

Bring out the cots! A group of Senate Democrats will stage an all-night session of the Senate tonight to discuss a matter the party has no plans to touch legislatively in this election year: Climate change. The group, led by...

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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

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A BP Plc logo at a gas station in London.

BP Boosts PAC Giving as Company Fights Suspension

As BP fights a suspension from U.S. government contracting stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, the London-based company is boosting its campaign contributions. The company’s political action committee made $208,000 in donations in 2013, almost three times the $70,500 it gave during 2011,...

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President Barack Obama greets employees after speaking at the General Electric Waukesha Gas Engines facility on Jan. 30, 2014 in Wisconsin.

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President Barack Obama greets employees after speaking at the General Electric Waukesha Gas Engines facility on Jan. 30, 2014 in Wisconsin.

Getting Russia’s Attention with Liquefied Natural Gas: Slow Track

Russia’s intervention in Ukraine has prompted a number of prominent House Republicans — including House Speaker John Boehner and Commerce Chairman Fred Upton — to call on President Barack Obama to fast-track U.S. applications for liquefied natural gas exports. While...

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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

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Coal at the Tennessee Valley Authority Paradise Fossil Plant in Paradise, Kentucky.

TVA Lives to Fight Another Budget Day

The Obama administration may be pulling the plug on plans to sell the Tennessee Valley Authority, created by Franklin D. Roosevelt 81 years ago. A year after President Barack Obama began a strategic review of the power provider, the  administration...

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is reflected in a television displaying a count of the number of people losing unemployment benefits during a news conference with other Senate Democratic leaders on Feb. 6, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Reid to Koch Brothers: Stick to Oil

That was the majority leader of the Democratic-run Senate carrying on about two of the richest Republican brothers in political finance on the floor of the Senate today. “The Koch brothers are spending hundreds of millions of dollars telling Americans...

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Cross country skis on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13, 2014.

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Cross country skis on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. on Feb. 13, 2014.

Homeland Security: Guarding Against Threats of Climate Change

A top U.S. homeland security official testified this week that the nation must be better prepared to handle extreme weather events sparked by a warming planet. David Heyman, assistant secretary for the department’s Office of Policy, and other officials told...

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