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House spending bill slashes environmental protections

Environmental groups are aghast at proposed legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives, which they claim is “larded up with giveaways to polluters and corporate donors.” The U.S. House of Representatives began debate Monday on the Fiscal Year 2012 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The House Appropriations Committee approved the…

Angry Obama denounces oil companies’ ‘ridiculous spectacle’

US allowed drilling without required permits, court filing states WASHINGTON — A visibly angered President Barack Obama hit out at oil companies Friday for trying to avoid blame over a massive slick, and vowed an all-out effort to stop the leak pouring into the Gulf of Mexico. “I will not…