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Washington Responds To Oil Spill

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Obama administration pledges all-out response to growing oil leak, Congress calls on oil execs to testify.

With workers struggling to contain the growing oil slick in the Gulf of Mexico, the White House has the declared the situation a disaster of "national significance." The designation paves the way for an all-out federal response to the potential environmental disaster. Yesterday, top officials were dispatched to the region to help coordinate defences against the leak. Meanwhile, the......read more

Gas Station Rankings

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Research helps consumers choose the best (or least bad) gas stations based on environmental and human rights records.

In a perfect world we'd all be flying around the city in upcycled bathtubs with wings, powered by garbage-burning engines that emit nothing but cold, fresh drinking water. Last time we checked, those weren't invented. So for the time being, we'll have to make do with our hybrids and our—gasp!—fully gas-powered vehicles. Which means, as of now, gasoline is a necessary evil.......read more

Short Circuit by Gaspard Tine-Beres

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A quirky collection of kitchen appliances made from recycled components and cork

Our world of cheap, disposable hosuehold goods is a sad state of affairs. Think about it. You buy, say, a new toaster, which lasts maybe three years before kicking the bucket. It's probably not hard to fix but it's easier to buy another cheap one, so you get rid of it (hopefully at an electronics recycler). And on it goes. French product designer Gaspard Tiné-Berè intercedes in......read more

California Sets Up Tax Credit for Ford Focus Electric

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$2,500 rebate for buyers of America's most fuel efficient vehicle

With gas prices in California hovering toward $5 per gallon, there's plenty of incentive for auto buyers to opt for a fuel efficient vehicle. Now there's even more motivation, with the announcement that buyers of the 2012 Ford Focus Electric -- recently named America's most fuel efficient five-passenger car -- will get a $2,500 state tax rebate. Focus Electric drivers will also have the......read more

Overhaul of Clean Energy Tax Credits Proposed

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Senate Finance Committee proposal draws split reaction from wind, solar industry groups

The Senate Finance Committee proposed on Wednesday an overhaul of clean energy tax credits, many of them set to expire at the end of the year. The draft, presented by Committee Chair Sen. Max Baucus (D-Mont.), calls for simplifying and extending the messy patchwork of incentives while cutting their $150 billion price tag over the next decade by more than half. The plan would create two broader......read more

Obama Awards $2.3 Billion for New Clean-Tech Manufacturing Jobs

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Recovery Act tax credits look to enable new clean manufacturing projects and create tens of thousands of jobs.

President Obama announced on Friday the award of $2.3 billion in tax credits for clean energy manufacturing — part of a broader push by his administration to stimulate job growth during the highest period of sustained unemployment in decades. “Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said Mr. Obama, according to prepared remarks. The Labor......read more

Tax Break Drain for Big Oil

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Obama's proposed 2014 budget includes deflated tax incentives and hiked royalty rates for the oil and gas sector

Daniel J. Weiss for the Center for American Progress: President Barack Obama’s budget proposal for fiscal year 2014 would eliminate $39 billion of special tax breaks for Big Oil companies over the next decade as part of comprehensive business tax reform. These companies earned billions of dollars in recent years due to high oil and gasoline prices and do not need additional support from......read more

Klaus Pichler: Skeletons in the Closet

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Behind the scenes at Vienna's Museum of Natural History

Austrian photographer Klaus Pichler has spent the last three years roaming behind the exhibits at Vienna's Museum of Natural History, shooting photos of taxidermied animals. The results, collected in the ongoing series "Skeletons in the Closet," are simultaneously fascinating, grotesque, and hilarious. Writes Pichler: It all started when I happened to catch a glimpse through a basement......read more

Fully automated electric taxis could dramatically reduce transportation sector's emmisions, a new study finds.  By Lindsay Abrams The energy efficient cars of the future will allow the transportation sector to lower its greenhouse gas emissions not just because they’re electric — but because they’ll also be driverless. That’s the forward-looking conclusion of a new......read more

America's Wildest Place Is Open For Business

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The Expansion of Oil and Gas Exploration in Alaska

By Christopher Solomon Several years ago a mapping expert pinpointed the most remote place in the Lower 48 states. The spot was in the southeast corner of Yellowstone National Park, 20 miles from the nearest road. Roman Dial read the news and wasn’t much impressed. To him, 20 miles — the distance a hungry man could walk in a long day — didn’t seem very remote at......read more

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