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California Considering Stricter Climate Change Laws

In response to Gov. Jerry Brown’s (D) call to adopt more aggressive targets to combat climate change, California lawmakers are considering several approaches to force state residents to reduce fossil fuel use and increase the volume of renewable and alternative fuels used. In his January State of the State address, Brown proposed California reduce its use of gasoline in cars by 50 percent within 15 years, make heating fuels cleaner, and substantially increase the proportion of electricity...

New Federal Rules Will Further Slow Growth of Fracking on Federal and Indian Lands

The Obama administration has unveiled the first safety mandates for fracking operations on federal and Indian lands. The new rules, announced on March 20, 2015, take effect in late June. The rules set new well integrity standards to protect groundwater, require public disclosure of fracking chemicals, and tighten storage standards. Dan Simmons, vice president for policy at the Institute for Energy Research, says there’s no need for the new rules. “The Obama administration's new hydraulic...

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