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    • Shell's CEO Wants Big Oil to Believe in Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
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    The CEO of Royal Dutch Shell wants the oil industry to take a bigger role in the fight against climate change. On Thursday night, Ben van Beurden urged a room full of oil executives to “be less aloof, more assertive,” ahead of international climate talks in Paris. “The world will benefit,” he said, according to advanced excerpts of van Beurden's speech.

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    • How to Change a Climate Denier's Mind: Feed Them More Bad Science

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Every person probably knows a friend or relative who buys the persistent lies that the climate is really cooling, or it's probably due to natural cycles, or the science models are wrong, or there's no reliable data.

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    • EPA Study Shows Fracking Can Contaminate Water, and Both Drillers and Environmentalists Declare Victory

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 3 mins
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    The Environmental Protection Agency released a highly anticipated draft report on Thursday about the impact of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water. Environmentalists have long charged that fracking contaminated water because the process involves injecting a chemical slurry deep underground to draw oil and gas, then using injection wells to dispose of the wastewater.

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    • The EPA's Silent, Guilty Role in the Flint Water Crisis

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Michigan Governor Rick Snyder in recent weeks has come under intense pressure over the water crisis in Flint, Michigan, which was precipitated two years ago when his administration, in an effort to cut costs, changed the city’s water supply from Lake Huron to the Flint River. The move led to a dangerous increase in lead in the water supply; just 5 parts per billion is cause for concern, especially for children, but Flint’s tap water has had five times that amount.

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    • Obama's Climate Change Disclaimer Is Getting Old

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    In speaking about climate change, President Barack Obama has a certain rhetorical tic that's starting to wear thin.

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    • Australia Reduced Mass Violence by Confiscating Guns. In the U.S., Police Sell Them Back to Citizens

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    The on-camera shooting on Wednesday of two Virginia reporters has already reignited the debate over gun control in America. “I’m going to do something to shame legislators into doing something about closing loopholes and background checks and making sure crazy people don’t get guns,” Andy Parker, the father of slain WDBJ reporter Alison Parker, told Fox News.

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    • The Obama Administration Is Finally Regulating Fracking—But Not Enough

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Oil and gas drilling has been booming for a decade, and federal regulators are only just starting to catch up. On Friday, the Obama Administration announced regulations affecting hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on federal land. Like most energy regulations, these rules are politically controversial even though they have a limited reach. They affect just 11 percent of the nation’s natural gas production and 5 percent of oil production.

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    • It's Time to Remind Climate Change Deniers That Weather and Climate Are Different

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
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    Weather forecasters predicted a “historic" blizzard would dump up to three feet of snow on New York City. Instead, the city escaped the worst of the storm. The National Weather Service admitted Tuesday it was off due to the challenging nature of winter-storm weather prediction: "Our science has come a long way, but there are still many moving parts in the atmosphere, which creates quite the forecast challenge."

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    • We Can Handle the Truth

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Probing the perennial political fascination with extraterrestrial life.

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    • Rand Paul to Baltimore: Racism Isn't the Problem. Taxes Are

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    When Senator Rand Paul spoke on race in America at a fundraiser for Baltimore County Republicans on Tuesday night, he sounded like a different presidential candidate from the one who dismissed black protesters a few months ago.

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    • Republicans Beg Their Party to Finally Do Something About Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    You wouldn’t know it by looking at Congress or the White House, but the GOP isn’t in complete lockstep when it comes to climate change denial. The deniers just happen to be the ones who hold all the political power within the party. They drown out the other side—the conservatives who are urging their party to actually do something about global warming.

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    • Gun Laws Won't End Mass Shootings. They Will Reduce Gun Homicides.

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    President Barack Obama noted he has “had to make statements like this too many times” when he delivered remarks on Thursday about the nine people who were killed in a mass shooting at a Charleston, South Carolina black historical church. He specified the role the nation’s gun laws play in this and other incidents, as he’s had to do many times before:

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    • Conservatives Think “Ice Melts in Summer!” Is a Convincing Argument Against Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Oklahoma Republican James Inhofe threw a snowball on the Senate floor last winter as proof that it was "very, very cold out," which must mean climate change is a hoax.

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    • The U.S. Military Worries About Climate Change, So Why Don't Republicans?

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: C. James Moore
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    On Friday, the Obama administration put climate change on the par with other global challenges like cybersecurity, terrorism, and Russian aggression, warning in a 35-page national-security memo that climate change poses “an urgent and growing threat to our national security.”

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    • How Obama Inserted the "War on Coal" into the 2016 Race

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    President Barack Obama decidedly raised the stakes in the “war on coal” on Friday. And since he’s almost out the door of the Oval Office, it won’t be him who faces the fall-out from inevitable Republican attacks, but the Democratic nominee for president.

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    • Antonin Scalia's Successor Could Determine the Fate of the Planet

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
    • Length: 6 mins
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    To understand how important the Supreme Court is to shaping the US’s climate change policy, it helps to look back. The EPA’s powers to fight climate change have been mostly defined, even bolstered, by a number of key cases.

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    • Has Bernie Sanders Lost His Edge on Climate Issues?

    • By: Rebecca Leber
    • Narrated by: Derek Shetterly
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    Bernie Sanders should be everything environmentalists want in a presidential candidate. When the senator from Vermont announced his 2016 run, their longtime best friend on Capitol Hill looked like the perfect foil to push Hillary Clinton off the fence on contentious issues like the Keystone XL pipeline and Arctic drilling.

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    • Scott Walker Is the Most Dangerous Candidate on Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    The 14 Republicans running for president already meet the party’s every need for an anti-environment, climate change-denying nominee. There’s Texas Senator Ted Cruz, who would like to repeal Environmental Protection Agency regulations on climate change, in part because he thinks “there has been no recorded warming” in the last 15 years.

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    • You Can't "Believe" in Climate Change

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Last week, Environmental Protection Agency chief Gina McCarthy made little impression on Republican senators at an Environment and Public Works hearing, where she said, “Climate change is not a religion. It is not a belief system. It’s a science fact.” She would have been better off aiming her remarks at a different audience - anyone who says he or she "believes" in climate change.

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    • Hillary Clinton's Leftward Shift on Climate

    • By: Rebecca Leber
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    Clinton is ready to take a more definitive stand on limiting fossil fuel extraction on federal lands - which has emerged as a top priority for climate organizers after their victory against the Keystone XL pipeline. Griffin Sinclair-Wingate, a 350 Action organizer, approached Clinton after the New Hampshire debate on Thursday night and asked her, “Would you ban extraction on public lands?”

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