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May 1, 2018

Your Air Isn’t Getting as Clean as the Government Thought It Was

Progress in reducing U.S. air pollution unexpectedly stalled in 2011, according to a new report in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Scientists have found that the rate of decrease in nitrogen oxides was smaller than the EPA had estimated, largely because of shortcomings in the agency's methods.

Uncovering Koch Brothers Influence Over University Hires

George Mason University, which has received millions of dollars from the Charles Koch Foundation, is reviewing how much influence the university gave the oil magnate over faculty hiring and evaluations. A former student's open-records request turned up agreements that the university president now says "raise questions concerning donor influence in academic matters."

Revolt in West Virginia Coal Country

Meet the woman who is challenging Sen. Joe Manchin in West Virginia's Democratic primary. Paula Jean Swearengin's longshot campaign is based in large part on a rejection of coal. "They've fed us this propaganda that coal miners should be enemies with environmental organizers," she says. "I am a proud coal miner's daughter, but I'm not going to worship that black rock."

Utilities, Oil Interests Clash Over EV Policy at Conservative Policy Summit

At a meeting of the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), oil-backed groups proposed a resolution opposing state efforts to subsidize electric vehicles. That sparked a battle with utilities, showing how utility interests are diverging from those of the oil and gas sector in an era of low-priced renewable energy and proliferating electric vehicles. 

April 30, 2018

Tax Law Threatens to Make Pipeline Owners Pay $18.5 Billion

Pipeline owners such as Enbridge could be forced to refund as much as $18.5 billion in up-front payments the companies had charged customers before the Trump tax changes cut corporate rates. Among the questions for the companies: How quickly must they repay, and under what conditions?

Coal Ash Is Raising Health Concerns in Puerto Rico

PBS talked with residents in Guayama, home to Puerto Rico's only coal-burning power plant and a giant coal ash dump. They worry about respiratory diseases and other illness from the ash. Read more from ICN about the EPA's proposal to weaken coal ash regulations.

Wyoming Coal Producer Pins Hopes on Exports

Following a disappointing quarter, coal producer Cloud Peak Energy said it has high hopes about the possibility of exports to Asia. The Wyoming company is one of several businesses that have a major interest in a proposed export terminal in Washington state, a project that faces many obstacles.

April 27, 2018

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