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  • Putin: Ukraine debt threatens Europe gas supplies

    MOSCOW (AP) — Vladimir Putin warned Europe on Thursday that it may face a shutdown of Russian natural gas supplies if it fails to help Ukraine settle its enormous Russian gas bill — a debt that far exceeds a bailout package offered by the International Monetary Fund. The Russian president's...

  • Did Jay Carney just undermine Obama on Keystone XL?

    White House press secretary Jay Carney said Thursday the process for approving the Keystone XL pipeline would remain in place, despite President Obama assuring governors in February that the decision would be made “in a couple months.”

  • Feds to remove W.Va. chemical spill evidence

    CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — In two weeks, federal investigators will start carving up chemical tanks for evidence in a spill that tainted 300,000 West Virginians' water supply. The Chemical Safety Board plans to begin removing slices of three Freedom Industries tanks in Charleston on April 24,...

  • Energy Department signals new loans from stalled advanced vehicles program

    An Energy Department loan program for advanced vehicle technologies that has drawn GOP criticism is revving its engine once again. The department announced changes to its Advanced Technology Vehicle Manufacturing program Wednesday, which focuses on electric and other alternative-fuel vehicles,...

  • Environmental group sues over mine expansion plan

    HELENA, Mont. (AP) — An environmental group is suing Montana environmental regulators over a permit allowing the expansion of a gold mining operation near Whitehall without requiring the Canadian company to completely backfill the new open pit after the mining ends. The reclamation plan...

  • US says oil reserves highest since 1976

    Crude oil reserves in the U.S. grew for the fourth straight year, reaching the highest level since 1976, according to an Energy Department report released Thursday. The report says reserves grew 4.5 billion barrels, or 15 percent, to 33 billion barrels in 2012. It was the biggest one-year jump...

  • Artificial cooling tricky topic for climate panel

    BERLIN (AP) — It's Plan B in the fight against climate change: cooling the planet by sucking heat-trapping CO2 from the air or reflecting sunlight back into space. Called geoengineering, it's considered mad science by opponents. Supporters say it would be foolish to ignore it, since plan A...

  • Cherry blossoms reach peak bloom on target in DC

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Washington's famous cherry blossom trees reached peak bloom Thursday, just in time to provide a colorful finale to the city's spring festival, the National Park Service said. Park officials had predicted the peak bloom would arrive between April 8 and April 12, and they...

  • In China, jar of French mountain air fetches $860

    BEIJING (AP) — Beijing artist Liang Kegang returned from a business trip in southern France with well-rested lungs and a small item of protest against his home city's choking pollution: a glass jar of clean, Provence air. He put it up for auction before a group of about 100 Chinese artists...

  • If you think the sky is falling, check out the prophecies of the 1970s

    Forty years is roughly the length of a working lifetime—and long enough for history to have taken some unexpected turns. And to have proved that long-term forecasts based on extrapolations of existing trends usually end up wide of the mark. The list of failed prophecies from the 1970s is...

  • EPA's secret gas chamber experiments: A deceitful failure

    A man — we’ll call him “Subject No. 1” — had a clear plastic pipe stuck into his mouth with his lips sealed around it, while the diesel exhaust from a parked truck outside the gas chamber was mixed with particulate matter and pumped straight into his lungs. The pumped mixture level was...

  • Stink bugs invade Europe; France, Italy hit

    Stink bug infestations have spread to 41 states and Europe's farm basket, having lived through the super-cold and snowy winter by making their own anti-freeze, according to the Agriculture Department's top brown marmorated stink bug watcher. “We are not seeing any difference in the mortality...

  • EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy: 'EPA listened' on carbon rules

    Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy on Monday attempted to assuage fears about a forthcoming carbon emissions rule for existing power plants, as she said it would contain flexibility for states. "The only thing I really hope when this proposal goes out is that people...

  • New Hampshire senators press for more heating funds

    New Hampshire's U.S. senators want more money to go toward the Low Income Home Heating Assistance Program for Fiscal Year 2015. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte say the administration's budget proposal requests $2.8 billion for the program. That's a $600 million decrease from Fiscal Year...

  • Indiana official's global warming comment draws fire

    Indiana's top official in charge of improving the state's air quality has angered some of his staff with a remark expressing skepticism about global warming.



From the Weekly Standard

  • Through a Google Glass, Darkly

    “Just because something bears the aspect of the inevitable one should not, therefore, go along willingly with it.” ​—​Philip K. Dick

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  • 2014 ≠ 2016

    Polls are overrated, but they can be still instructive. So what’s to be learned from a Fox News survey of 1,012 registered voters conducted April 13-15? 

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  • As Goes North Carolina

    Raleigh, N.C.  To win the Senate, Republicans must win North Carolina. While it’s mathematically possible to take the Senate without ousting Democratic senator Kay Hagan, the chances of that...

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