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Heavy Lobbying Before Keystone Oil Pipeline Decision

As the deadline for a decision on a controversial oil pipeline approaches, lobbying is intensifying. The Keystone XL pipeline would transport oil from Canada's tar sands to the Gulf Coast. President Obama is caught in the middle of a jobs-vs.-environment debate.
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Pro-Pipeline Canada To Americans: Butt Out, Eh?

Canada's environmental organizations are working hard to block a proposed oil pipeline to its west coast. But the country's conservative-led government is pointing to American support and accusing those groups of being lackeys of nefarious foreign interests.
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To Slow Climate Change, Cut Down On Soot, Ozone

While carbon dioxide is indisputably a significant factor in the planet's changing climate, scientists and policy experts have faced major troubles in limiting production of the greenhouse gas. Now, some are focusing on other things that warm the planet, especially ozone and black carbon. And the tools to fight them are familiar.
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Project's Promise Of Jobs Has Appalachia Seeing Stars

Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia are waiting to hear which state Shell Oil will pick to host a huge new chemical refinery. The project would turn ethane gas, produced through "fracking," into ethylene, which is used to make plastics. The venture could be the biggest investment in the region in decades.
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EPA Creates Website To ID Biggest Emitters Of Greenhouse Gases

Ever wondered who the big greenhouse-gas emitters are in your neck of the woods? The answer is now just a click away.
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Reusable Grocery Bags Can Be Health Threat

The 5-cent bag tax is less than a month old in Montgomery County, and while residents embrace the reusable alternative, a report warns that those bags have issues of their own to keep in mind.

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Coast Guard Tries To Lead Fuel Tanker To Nome

Melissa Block speaks with Capt. Beverly Havlik, from the Coast Guard ice-breaker Cutter Healy, who talks about the challenges of helping a Russian tanker make its way through the Arctic ice to Nome, Alaska.
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Interior Announces Grand Canyon Mining Moratorium

The U.S. Department of the Interior is placing a 20-year moratorium on new mining claims in and around the Grand Canyon. Environmentalists say the ban is crucial to protecting the region. However, the mining industry and some Republicans say the moratorium will be harmful to Arizona's economy and the nation's energy independence.

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