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Colorado Community Likes its Beer, but it Likes its Coal Jobs More

Brewers like New Belgium who supported an environmental group that has challenged local coal mines are facing a boycott by businesses in Craig, Colo.

Aug 7, 2015

The coal business is personal in Craig, a small town in northwest Colorado.

It’s so personal, businesses are boycotting several Colorado craft breweries including New Belgium Brewing Company for giving money to an environmental group that’s challenging their local coal mineseven though the breweries haven’t actually supported that particular campaign.

Is the Oil Industry Off a Cliff or Just in a Down Cycle?

Low prices are forcing companies to curtail exploration and borrow to sustain dividends and stock value as the world looks to curtail emissions.

Aug 6, 2015

With the oil industry facing what could be its worst downturn in more than 45 years, the major companies are taking extraordinary, perhaps even desperate, measures to preserve their dividends. This is raising the question of whether the current price slump is just another in a long history of down business cycles, from which oil companies always emerge victoriously, or a sign of more deeply troubled times ahead.

Alberta Earthquakes Tied to Fracking, Not Just Wastewater Injection

While most fracking-related earthquakes in the U.S. are pegged to wastewater injection, Canadian scientists believe fracking itself is to blame in Alberta.

Aug 6, 2015

Fox Creek, an oil town of nearly 3,000 residents in western Alberta, recently experienced its third earthquake of at least magnitude 4.0 this year. The difference between this one and many of the quakes felt in fracking country in the U.S., however, is that Canadian researchers are attributing the cause to fracking itself, not just the wastewater disposal process.

Don't Like the Clean Power Plan? Try Cap-and-Trade

The Obama administration offers a carbon trading system as an option for states that don't want to comply with emissions cuts.

Aug 5, 2015

If enough states "just say no" to the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan, refusing to impose limits on the carbon dioxide emissions of electric utilities within their borders, that could hasten the emergence of an interstate cap-and-trade regime designed by the federal government.

Geoengineering Will Not Save Ocean Life from Acidification, Research Says

Without reducing emissions, carbon removal schemes will not undo the damage climate change is doing to the oceans by increasing their acidity.

By Phil McKenna

Aug 5, 2015

Waiting to tackle ocean acidification caused by climate change through yet-to-be developed geoengineering schemes will be too little too late to prevent mass extinction of ocean life, a new study concludes.

EPA Dangles Carrot for States to Cut Emissions Quicker

Plan to reward states for renewable energy use and efficiency gains was an unexpected addition to the Clean Power Plan.

Aug 5, 2015

One unexpected twist in the Environmental Protection Agency’s rules governing carbon dioxide emissions from power plants is a proposal to create incentives to move more rapidly toward energy efficiency and renewables like wind and solar power.

The feature could help compensate for the agency’s decision to delay by two years, until 2022, the first compliance deadline imposed by the Clean Power Plan regulations, which were published on Monday.

Who Got What They Wanted in the Clean Power Plan

Many groups argued for revisions to the Obama administration's carbon regulations before they were finalized. Who won?

Aug 4, 2015

After more than a year of public hearings, stakeholder meetings and an unsuccessful pre-emptive court challenge, the Environmental Protection Agency released the final version of the Clean Power Plan this week.

Enbridge and EPA Agree to 6-Month Extension for Penalties on 2010 Spill

As pipeline company braces for huge fine, EPA has more time to determine damages for Kalamazoo River disaster.

Aug 4, 2015

Enbridge, Inc. and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have agreed to a six-month extension on fines the company expects will be imposed as punishment for a 2010 pipeline rupture that sent more than one million gallons of oil into Michigan’s Kalamazoo River. The fines are expected to be the largest ever for a oil pipeline spill, perhaps as much as $100 million.

Landmark Paper Underestimated Methane Leaks from Gas Production, Study Says

Since 2003, a commonly used methane detector has been underestimating leak rates that feed into the national greenhouse gas registry.

Aug 4, 2015

A dispute between two environmental scientists is creating a controversy over how much methane is leaking from natural gas production and is contributing to global warming.

More Journalism Awards Go to Two InsideClimate News Projects

The fracking investigation "Big Oil + Bad Air" and the feature story "Meltdown" are honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists.

By InsideClimate News

Aug 3, 2015

Two InsideClimate News projects were honored by the Society of Environmental Journalists, with the collaborative series "Fracking the Eagle Ford Shale: Big Oil + Bad Air" winning top honors for outstanding in-depth reporting for a large market. "Meltdown," about a polar bear attack on humans in the Arctic, was awarded second place in the outstanding feature story category.