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Russians financed the anti-fracking movement in the United States, an American oil tycoon alleged today during the Forbes Reinventing America Summit in Chicago. Hamm's comments bring to American soil an allegation made last year by NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen, who charged that Russians were funding anti-fracking movements in Europe and the former Soviet Union.
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Worrying about methane hydrates warming the atmosphere is like worrying about your house burning down after it's been leveled by a hurricane, according to a chief scientist for the Department of Energy. Hydrates may be easy to tap for energy use, he said, but oil companies have lost interest.
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Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle competition from America and other boom time locations, but they didn't drop it enough to stifle the U.S. oil and gas boom from fracking, a senior expert with McKinsey and Company said in Chicago.
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Dow Chemical is investing $6 billion to enlarge its manufacturing facilities in the United States by 40 percent, based on a wager that low natural gas prices here will persist into the middle of the next decade, a Dow executive said in Chicago this week.
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The Paris Climate Conference this December will not produce an agreement that is "environmentally optimal," according to the member of parliament who served as India's chief negotiator at the 2009 conference in Copenhagen. But Paris will serve as a springboard to help the world's major economies begin to develop low-carbon economies, Minister Jairam Ramesh said last month during a side event at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
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The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will make money for most electric utilities and their investors, who may be "laughing all the way to the bank," according to a report Morningtar just released to institutional investors.
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People have been trained to deal with change by thinking it's not all bad, but climate change is all bad, according to a research meteorologist at Argonne National Laboratory, so it's time to replace the term "climate change," itself a replacement for "global warming," with a new term: "climate disruption."
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While cheap natural gas and oil is drawing petrochemical companies back to the United States, companies that produce consumer goods are unlikely to follow because of high labor costs, a partner with the strategy and management consulting firm AT Kearney said in Chicago Wednesday.
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The developing world will rapidly increase its use of electricity in the next 15 years, and coal remains the most likely fuel to power that growth, despite carbon emissions, according to a panel of world leaders in climate policy and economics.
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Established businesses have to either invest in disruptive innovation or be destroyed by it, the CEO of a thriving Chicago tech incubator said Thursday, describing a new future for tech investment.
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Republicans in Congress will use riders on appropriations bills to try to choke off funding for the EPA Clean Power Plan and other efforts to curb greenhouse-gas emissions, an expert on environmental law predicted Wednesday.
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Jeff McMahon covers green technology and environmental politics for Forbes. He lives in Chicago, teaches at the University of Chicago, and edits Contrary magazine.

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Forget Global Warming And Climate Change, Call It 'Climate Disruption'
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People have been trained to deal with change by thinking it's not all bad, but climate change is all bad, according to a research meteorolog

Don't Worry About Methane Hydrates, Government Scientist Says: You Have ...
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Worrying about methane hydrates warming the atmosphere is like worrying about your house burning down after it's been leveled by a hurricane

Four Sites Where You Can Monitor U.S. Radiation Levels
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EPA map of U.S. radiation monitoring stations UPDATED with a fourth site, EPA's RadNet Lab Open Data system. Radiation from Japan's Fukushim

Low Oil Price May Stifle Deepwater Drilling And Oil Sands But Not Fracking
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Saudi Arabia and OPEC may have dropped oil prices to stifle competition from America and other boom time locations, but they didn't drop it

U.S. Fracking Boom Won't Bring Manufacturing Home: Analysts
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While cheap natural gas and oil is drawing petrochemical companies back to the United States, companies that produce consumer goods are unli

Dow Bets $6 Billion That U.S. Fracking Boom Will Last Another Decade
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Dow Chemical is investing $6 billion to enlarge its manufacturing facilities in the United States by 40 percent, based on a wager that low n

Four Reasons To Study A Bad Idea: Geoengineering
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Scientists who worked on the National Research Council's new report on climate intervention want us to understand that they think geoenginee

Developing World Will Grow On Coal, Climate Leaders Predict
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The developing world will rapidly increase its use of electricity in the next 15 years, and coal remains the most likely fuel to power that

India Lowers Expectations For Paris Climate Talks
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The Paris Climate Conference this December will not produce an agreement that is "environmentally optimal," according to the member of parli

Incubator CEO: Join Us Or We Will Destroy Your Business
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Established businesses have to either invest in disruptive innovation or be destroyed by it, the CEO of a thriving Chicago tech incubator sa

Morningstar Names EPA Clean Power Plan Winners -- And One Potential Loser
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The Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan will make money for most electric utilities and their investors, who may be "laughing

To Undermine Paris Climate Talks, Stop EPA Clean Power Plan
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Republicans in Congress will use riders on appropriations bills to try to choke off funding for the EPA Clean Power Plan and other efforts t

Three Ways Renewables Could Benefit From Low Oil Prices
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Low oil prices don't have to mean a resurgence in the consumption of fossil fuels at the expense of clean alternatives, the leaders of the t

IEA Scolds U.S. For Waffling On Wind Tax Credit
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During a largely positive review of U.S. energy policy, the International Energy Agency nonetheless scolded the federal government for faili

U.S. Should Save Nuclear Industry From Fracking Peril: IEA
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The United States needs to develop clear policies to support its ailing nuclear industry—which is prone to seeing old reactors close rather

The Trouble With That Noxious Haze At The Illinois Nuclear-Fuel Plant
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The main threat from uranium hexafluoride, the gas that leaked at a Honeywell plant in Metropolis IL on Sunday night, does not come from the

South Korea Plans Advanced Reactor To Burn Spent Nuclear Fuel
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Like the United States, South Korea has a growing, burdensome stockpile of spent nuclear fuel. But the tiny nation plans to do something abo

What Would Milton Friedman Do About Climate Change? Tax Carbon
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Leading economists at the "Mecca" of free-market economics, the University of Chicago, evoked their most prominent predecessor, Milton Fried

Arizona Public Service Finds Prime Real Estate For Solar: Your Roof
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Arizona's largest utility company wants to put solar panels on customer rooftops in a proposal that resembles a suggestion made earlier this

U.S. Already Teaches Climate Change In Schools
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EPA chief Gina McCarthy told Irish America magazine In an interview published Friday that climate change should be taught in schools, which