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Pump The Brakes On Pepco-Exelon Merger? Public Citizen Joins Chorus

The group Public Citizen has added its voice to those calling for on regulators to halt the proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon, citing the warping influence of the big lobbying push behind the deal.

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Year-End Budget Deal Lifts Ban On American Oil Exports

NPR's Ari Shapiro interviews Jason Bordoff, professor and founding director at the Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University. He was also the former White House energy advisor to President Obama. Bordoff talks about the part of the budget deal this week which lifts the ban on oil exports, and what it means for consumers, industry, the economy and the environment.
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Oil Industry Ups And Downs Price Out Longtime Residents Of Fracking Towns

The sudden ups and downs of the oil and gas industry can feel like whiplash for rural communities seeing an influx of workers. Affordable housing has been a challenge. With the current slowdown in drilling, rental prices have dropped, but they're still much higher than they were pre-boom, leaving low-income and senior people still struggling to find a place they can afford.
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Massive Downsizing In Oil Sector Brings Acute Pain For The Holidays

The holiday season can be stressful, but for energy workers, December is turning out to be especially tough. Oil and gas firms have laid off close to 56,000 Texans in the past year.
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Exelon Paid FreshPAC Chairman To Lobby D.C. Government About Merger

Records show the head of a political action committee that supported D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser was paid by Exelon to lobby city officials, raising new questions about the Bowser administration's handling of the proposed high-stakes merger between Pepco and Exelon.
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Global Businesses Show Cautious Support For Climate Deal

Business groups around the world are studying the climate change agreement reached in Paris over the weekend. Many support the idea of taking steps to limit carbon emissions but are worried about how reductions will be implemented and enforced.
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Public Hearing On Pepco-Exelon Merger Draws Tough Questions But Sparse Attendance From D.C. Council

The latest public hearings on the proposed merger between Pepco and energy giant Exelon featured tough questions by environmental organizations and good government groups, but only one D.C. Council member from the five-member environment committee was on hand for the whole thing.

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Scientists See U.N. Climate Accord As A Good Start, But Just A Start

Many analyzing the deal hammered out in Paris say it's way better than no plan at all. But proof, they warn, will be in the execution of efforts to cap global temperature rise at 2 degrees C or less.
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U.S. Envoy Calls Deal An 'Important Start' In Fight Against Climate Change

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Todd Stern, the Obama administration's climate envoy, who negotiated the climate deal in Paris. He calls it a "very important start" in the fight against climate change.
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Economic, Environmental Concerns Threaten Future Of Oil Sands

Alberta, Canada, has the third largest oil reserves in the world, but the potentially lucrative oil sands business faces serious economic challenges.

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