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NC lawmakers aim to stop wind farm (except it’s already been built)

They say the turbines will interfere with the Navy. But the Navy says they won’t. […]

The Koch brothers and their buddies are trying to kill a carbon-tax ballot initiative in Washington state.

Cushing, Oklahoma, was shaken on Sunday night by a 5.0 magnitude temblor. About 40 to 50 buildings were damaged, some substantially, according to the Associated Press, but no major injuries have been reported. The quake was felt as far away as Illinois, Iowa, and Texas.

Cushing — aka the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” — is home to one of the largest oil storage terminals in the world. In 2012, President Obama visited Cushing to promote his support for the oil and gas industry.

But that same oil and gas industry has spurred a surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma, which are triggered when drillers inject wastewater underground. In 2005, prior to the state’s current oil and gas boom, there was only one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or higher in Oklahoma. In 2015, there were more than 900.

Just in the last week, there have been about two dozen quakes in the state. Luckily, no damage has been reported to the Cushing oil terminal. But how long will that luck last?

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Environmentalists are raising the pressure on Obama over Dakota Access.

Cushing, Oklahoma, was shaken on Sunday night by a 5.0 magnitude temblor. About 40 to 50 buildings were damaged, some substantially, according to the Associated Press, but no major injuries have been reported. The quake was felt as far away as Illinois, Iowa, and Texas.

Cushing — aka the “Pipeline Crossroads of the World” — is home to one of the largest oil storage terminals in the world. In 2012, President Obama visited Cushing to promote his support for the oil and gas industry.

But that same oil and gas industry has spurred a surge of earthquakes in Oklahoma, which are triggered when drillers inject wastewater underground. In 2005, prior to the state’s current oil and gas boom, there was only one earthquake of magnitude 3.0 or higher in Oklahoma. In 2015, there were more than 900.

Just in the last week, there have been about two dozen quakes in the state. Luckily, no damage has been reported to the Cushing oil terminal. But how long will that luck last?

[…]

California is betting $2 million that its traffic jams can generate electricity.

The idea, the Associated Press reports, is that piezoelectric crystals installed under roadways can capture the energy created by the vehicles atop them. The evidence that this will work, however, isn’t exactly robust.

The California Energy Commission, which will invest the $2 million in field tests of the technology, follows Israel, Italy, and the city of Tokyo — all of which have already tried and abandoned the idea.

In fact, it was an Israeli pilot program that inspired California State Rep. Mike Gatto to submit a bill funding a similar project to the state’s General Assembly. But Rep. Gatto wasn’t aware that the Israeli project had failed until an AP reporter informed him — nor that Innowattech, the company behind the pilot, is liquidating.

“Hearing these details for the first time — obviously, they’re not heartening,” Gatto told the AP. “It’s probably that there are cost issues that might have been present in Israel that might not be present here.”

The $2 million funding for the pilot project comes from a renewable investment fund created by the California Public Utilities Commission.

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Clinton Responds to Recent Attacks

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Sep. 19, 2016 | 2:05Hillary Clinton said at a news conference in White Plains that she planned to deal with “the bad guys,” jihadists and violent extremists, rather than an entire religion.Related: article: After Bombings, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump Clash Over Terrorism […]

Trump Outlines Threat of Terrorism

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS | Aug. 15, 2016 | 1:16Donald J. Trump, the Republican presidential nominee, discussed the rise of global terrorism and the Islamic State and the necessity of combating it.Related: article: Donald Trump’s Terrorism Plan Mixes Cold War Concepts and Limits on Immigrants […]

Indian state aims to plant record-breaking 50 million trees in one day

Uttar Pradesh is going to be looking a lot greener after a marathon 24-hour tree-planting frenzy. […]