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China is planning ahead for life after coal.

China’s remarkable growth over the past three decades has elevated it to global superpower status. But its economic miracle has also attracted attention for the wrong reasons: the country is now the world’s largest energy consumer, oil importer, and CO₂ emitter. It led to the line that China builds a new coal-fired power station each week being faithfully and unquestioningly ...

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Dakota pipeline builder under fire for Ohio spill: 1 of 8 violations in 7 weeks.

One of Energy Transfer Partners’ state violations involved the release of “several million gallons” of thick mud, used for drilling underground, into some of the state’s highest quality wetlands. Credit: Ohio EPA. Energy Transfer Partners, the company behind the controversial Dakota Access oil pipeline, is under fire from federal and state regulators after triggering a massive spill, and seven other ...

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Volkswagen emissions settlement approved: $1.2B in buybacks, repairs, cash.

Volkswagen got in trouble over emissions.(Photo: PATRICK PLEUL, European Pressphoto Agency) A federal judge said Thursday that he would approve Volkswagen Group’s $1.2 billion buybacks-and-repairs settlement with owners of six-cylinder diesel engine vehicles that were not included in the company’s separate deal for car owners. The move paves the way for the automaker to begin buying back about 20,000 polluting ...

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