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U.S. Stocks Fall Sharply As Oil Prices, China Spook Investors

China's slowdown and plummeting oil prices have investors spooked, and some are heading for the exits. There's concern the selloff in stocks signals tougher times ahead for the U.S. economy.
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Gas Company Understated Benzene Exposure From California Leak

SoCalGas wrote about two air samples with high levels of the carcinogen — but not about 12 others, the AP reports. And the LA Times writes that efforts to cap the well appear to have destabilized it.
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U.S. Announces Moratorium On New Coal Leases On Federal Lands

The change won't affect existing leases, which generated nearly $1.3 billion for the federal government's coal program last year.
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The Future Of America's Coal Industry

The second-biggest coal producer in the U.S. just filed for bankruptcy. It’s the latest sign of a declining industry, one that's facing plummeting energy prices and new environmental regulations. We look at the future of America’s coal industry.

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Solar Firms Stop Selling Panels In Nevada To Protest State Rule Change

The latest battle over state subsidies for the solar industry is in Nevada. Regulators ruled against solar companies and they are closing operations in the state and laying off hundreds of employees.
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Was Pepco's $25M Deal For DC United Naming Rights A Case Of 'Pay-To-Play?'

Pepco is paying D.C. $25 million for naming rights around the planned site of a new stadium for DC United. Critics allege the sponsorship agreement is about more than soccer — they connect it to the proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon.

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Is Obama's Hope For Better Fuel Economy Sputtering Out?

For a while, the president's plan for increasing vehicles' fuel efficiency worked; he said it would save money and reduce carbon pollution. Then came cheap gas, and the improvements have stalled.
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U.S. Weather Wet And Wild In 2015, Though No Big Hurricanes

The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.
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Boom Town Presses Pause Amid Dramatic Drop In Oil Prices

Two years ago, in January 2013, oil was about $100 dollars a barrel. At that time, towns near new oil fields expanded rapidly, filling up with workers and overflowing revenue. But how are those towns doing now that oil is worth about half what it was then? The Planet Money team checks in with oil workers and residents in Williston, N.D.
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California Declares State Of Emergency Over Months-Long Gas Leak

Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.

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