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Northeast Resists More Pipelines, Despite Higher Energy Costs

northeast resists pipelinesThere is near universal agreement that the Northeast has to expand its energy supply to rein in the nation's highest costs and that cheap, abundant, relatively clean natural gas could be at least a short-term answer. But heels dig deep when it comes to those thorniest of questions: how and where?

Proposals to build or expand natural gas pipelines are met with an upswell of citizen discontent. At the end of last year, a Massachusetts route selected by Texas-based Kinder Morgan generated so much venom that the company nudged it north into New Hampshire — where the venom is also flowing freely. During this winter's town meetings, a centuries-old staple of local governance in New England, people in the nine towns touched by the route voted to oppose the project.

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Fracking Town’s Desperate Laid-off Workers: ‘They Don’t Tell You It’s All a Lie’

Fracking lay offsOnly a year ago, Williston’s shale oil explosion was still gushing jobs. From 2010 to 2014, thanks to the Bakken shale oil patch, it was the fastest growing small city in the nation. Williston nearly tripled in size, from 12,000 to 35,000 people.

But the number of active rigs used to drill new wells in the Bakken dropped to 111 in March, the lowest number since April 2010, according to state figures. Low oil prices have prompted drilling to slow down, and companies big and small have been laying off workers and cutting hours.

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Why on Earth Did the Feds Approve a High-Pressure Gas Pipeline Near a Nuke Plant?

gas pipeline explosion dangerSince March 3, 2015, three high-risk conditions have begun converging north of the New York metro area: the aging Indian Point nuclear power plant; a high pressure, high-volume gas pipeline; and an authorization by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to build a new segment of the pipeline in close proximity to the nuclear plant

. In the few weeks since the authorization, apart from some felled trees in Yorktown Heights, there have been few visible signs that millions of New Yorkers may soon be living with the increased risk of a fiery, pipeline-triggered nuclear accident, 37 miles north of the City.

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Critics question study that denied pesticides' danger to bees

bee pesticidesSeveral government ministers in the United Kingdom are facing criticism over the scientific legitimacy of a two-year-old bee study.

The study in question -- sponsored and quoted by several government figures but not originally peer-reviewed -- claimed to find no relationship between a class of pesticides called neonicotinoids and declining bee health.

"The absence of these effects is reassuring but not definitive," study author Helen Thompson, a scientist with the government's Food and Environment Research Agency, said in 2013.

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Watch as People Across the Globe Switch Off Their Lights for Earth Hour

Earth hourSeven thousand cities in 162 countries across the globe are turning off their lights for Earth Hour this year. Each city will dim their skyline beginning at 8:30 p.m. local time on Saturday.

Earth Hour started in 2007 as a World Wildlife Fund event in Australia and has grown to become a global message that citizens across the world must work together to fight climate change.

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EPA regulations face new test at high court

EPA regulations challengedThe Environmental Protection Agency’s regulatory power faces another key test at the Supreme Court Wednesday, when justices weigh arguments that the agency failed to consider industry costs before issuing a landmark air quality rule.

The case, Michigan v. EPA, centers on the EPA’s first-ever limits on mercury, arsenic and acid gases emitted by power plants, slated to take effect next month for some plants.

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Climate denial is immoral, says head of US Episcopal church

Climate denial immoralThe highest ranking woman in the Anglican communion has said climate denial is a “blind” and immoral position which rejects God’s gift of knowledge.

Katharine Jefferts Schori, presiding bishop of the Episcopal church and one of the most powerful women in Christianity, said that climate change was a moral imperative akin to that of the civil rights movement. She said it was already a threat to the livelihoods and survival of people in the developing world.

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