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Living, and coughing, downwind of Texas smoke stacks

When the black smoke pours out of the Texan oil refinery across the road in yet another unplanned discharge, Erma Lee Ellas has just one way to try to keep the cloud of chemicals from reaching her asthmatic lungs: “I close the door.” Port Arthur, Texas has some of the…

Romney suddenly morphs into a climate change skeptic

Speaking to a crowd in Philadelphia yesterday, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (R) suddenly changed his position on whether humans contribute to climate change, insisting that “we don’t know what’s causing climate change on this planet.” He added that “the idea of spending trillions and trillions of dollars to try…

Chris Christie: ‘Climate change is real’

Add another prominent figure to the short list of Republicans believing in climate change . According to the New Jersey Star-Ledger, governor Chris Christie joined Presidential candidate Jon Hunstman in coming out in full support of the issue. “Climate change is real,” Christie told reporters. “Human activity plays a role…

Aussies may kill 1.2 million camels to reduce greenhouse gases

SYDNEY (AFP) – Australia is considering awarding carbon credits for killing feral camels as a way to tackle climate change. The suggestion is included in Canberra’s “Carbon Farming Initiative”, a consultation paper by the Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, seen Thursday. Adelaide-based Northwest Carbon, a commercial company, proposed…

Romney: Man-made climate change is real

MANCHESTER, New Hampshire (Reuters) – Presidential hopeful Mitt Romney broke with Republican orthodoxy on Friday by saying he believes that humans are responsible, at least to some extent, for climate change. “I believe the world is getting warmer, and I believe that humans have contributed to that,” he told a…

Obama drops plan to limit global warming gases

Battle over global warming now turns to EPA as Obama says he will pursue other solutions Environmental groups and industry seem headed for another battle over regulation of greenhouse gases, as President Barack Obama said he will look for ways to control global warming pollution other than Congress placing a…

US, China blame each other for stand-off at climate talks

The United States and China clashed on the final day of climate change talks on Saturday, accusing each other of blocking progress ahead of a major summit next month on global warming. The world’s two biggest greenhouse gas polluters sparred throughout the six-day United Nations talks in China, triggering anger…

Chamber of Commerce pledges to take Obama policies to court

The US Chamber of Commerce is mounting a new legal attack on the Obama administration’s regulatory policies just weeks ahead of congressional elections, telling voters that Democrat-driven regulation is hurting the economic recovery. Thomas Donohue, the chamber’s president and chief executive, said on Thursday the nation’s largest business lobby is…

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