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BP Finally Caps Money It’s Been Spilling Out Into The Gulf

BP Finally Caps Money It’s Been Spilling Out Into The Gulf

BP’s long, flammable nightmare is finally over. It has agreed to a record settlement to cash out all of the federal and state claims against it arising from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.From the Wall Street Journal: BP PLC on Thursday agreed to pay $18.7 billion to settle all federal and state claims arising from… Keep reading →

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The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a momentous rulemaking that will prohibit high-global warming potential (GWP) hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) from being used as alternatives under the Significant New Alternatives Policy (SNAP) Program. By avoiding an estimated 78 – 101 million metric tons of carbon dioxide equivalent (MMTCO2eq) in 2030, which is equal to annual greenhouse gas (GHG)… Keep reading →

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How much would I have to pay you to smash a thermometer and drink its mercury, right now? “A lot”, you are probably thinking, but you have a price. One hit of thermometer mercury isn’t going to kill you. You’d probably Google “mercury poisoning,” make a guess about your risk tolerance, and get back to… Keep reading →

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Last week, the United States Supreme Court rendered a decision in the King v. Burwell case, stating that premium tax credits are allowed for eligible individuals who sign up for health insurance coverage through federal, as well as state health insurance marketplaces. With the ruling, provisions of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) remain unchanged. Paychex,… Keep reading →

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PARIS AIR SHOW: Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James came out swinging today here, forcefully telling reporters that she was here and traveling throughout Europe tp deliver a message of reassurance in the face of a “resurgent Russia.” “I would say, the biggest threat on my mind [is] the activities of Russia,” she said when asked by… Keep reading →

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At long last he did it – he came out with a strong, unequivocal statement on the need to fight climate change. Yep, actor Mark Ruffalo is urging action. I’m angry that we are still debating climate change, and that despite the reams of science-based evidence for it, there are still those who ignore the… Keep reading →

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Manufacturers’ News, Inc. — Manufacturing employment in Alabama inched up another notch over the past year, reports the 2015 Alabama Manufacturers Register ®, an industrial database and directory published by Manufacturers’ News, Inc. (MNI) Evanston, IL. According to data collected by MNI, Alabama manufacturers added 2,013 jobs from March 2014 to March 2015, a half-percent… Keep reading →

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There’s no question that variable resources like solar PV and wind present unique grid challenges, but with the Clean Power Plan pointing to higher penetration levels, there’s a lot of debate about how big an issue integration really is. The North American Electrical Reliability Corporation set off alarms bells in late April with a report that said… Keep reading →

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In the wake of the ongoing legal battle that has suspended President Obama’s executive actions on immigration, workers and labor leaders have gathered in Miami over the weekend to build immigrant worker power by mobilizing workers to apply and fight for deferred action. At an event today, workers and labor leaders sent a strong message… Keep reading →

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Lindsey Graham has had a bit of a confused relationship with climate change. In 2009, he joined with his then-Senate colleagues John Kerry and Joe Lieberman in crafting a climate bill, only to withdraw his support when it came time to make a big push for it. But it looks like Candidate Graham – he announced a… Keep reading →

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WASHINGTON: In what looks very much like an opening shot in a fundamental fiscal battle between the four armed services and the Office of Secretary of Defense, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus came right out today and said we should preserve fighting forces by cutting Defense Department agencies that are “pure overhead,” His prime candidates? Thetesters who make sure the services’ weapons actually… Keep reading →

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