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Court upholds uranium mining ban around Grand Canyon but allows nearby mine

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The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit on Tuesday upheld a 20-year ban on uranium mining around Grand Canyon National Park but ruled in a separate case that a uranium company could open a mine nearby. The two unanimous rulings by the three-judge panel came as the Trump administration considers lifting the ban, […]

EPA watchdog plans to investigate Scott Pruitt’s $25,000 secure phone booth

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The Environmental Protection Agency’s inspector general will investigate how it decided to spend more than $25,000 installing a secure, soundproof communications booth in the office of Administrator Scott Pruitt. Rep. Frank Pallone Jr. (D-N.J.), the ranking member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, requested the inquiry earlier […] Related:The most accurate climate change models […]

This poll gave Americans a detailed case for and against the FCC’s net neutrality plan. The reaction among Republicans was striking

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Ajit Pai, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission (Reuters/Aaron P. Bernstein/File Photo) On the eve of a pivotal vote that would deregulate the broadband industry, a fresh survey from the University of Maryland shows that large majorities of Americans — including 3 out of 4 Republicans — oppose the government’s plan to repeal its net […]

What Roy Moore has in common with the real Alabama, in 13 charts

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A man holds a sign of support at a Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore campaign rally in Midland City, Alabama, on December 11, 2017. (REUTERS/Carlo Allegri) Roy Moore is more popular in his home state than he is nationally, but even many locals say that he is the wrong person to represent Alabama on the […]

Why are California’s wildfires so historic? For starters, a diablo is at work.

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Why is California burning? One answer is simple: California always burns. But this latest inferno — three wildfires eating at the hills in and around Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest city — is frightening even for people who are accustomed to big burns. What’s more, it follows the state’s deadliest fire on record by only […]

We are even more convinced that thousands will die prematurely if the ACA is repealed

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Burt Boice joined others protesting moves to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Fort Lauderdale in July. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images) On Monday, The Washington Post published an article by Casey Mulligan and Tomas Philipson attacking Lawrence Summers’s statement that “thousands” of individuals would die if the Republican tax bill became law. Summers reached his estimate […]

Former Facebook VP says social media is destroying society with ‘dopamine-driven feedback loops’

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A former Facebook executive is making waves after he spoke out about his “tremendous guilt” over growing the social network, which he feels has eroded “the core foundations of how people behave by and between each other.” Chamath Palihapitiya began working for Facebook in 2007 and left in 2011 as its vice president for user […]

Twitter makes it easier to rant by making tweetstorms an official feature

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(Richard Drew/AP) If you have a Twitter rant you really need to get off your chest, then it’s your lucky day. Twitter announced Tuesday that it’s adding a tool that makes it easy to thread tweets together, giving users more space for thoughtful commentary, unhinged rants and everything in between. The move builds on the […]

FCC chairman says social media platforms lack transparency in how they restrict conservative content

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Ajit Pai is chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. (Zach Gibson/Bloomberg) In an interview Monday about the coming FCC vote over whether to repeal landmark net neutrality rules, agency chairman Ajit Pai took aim at a different group — the web platforms themselves. Content providers such as Facebook, Google and Twitter, Pai said, deserve more […]

Federal scientists call the warming of the Arctic ‘unprecedented over the last 1,500 years’

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The Trump administration’s mixed views on climate change notwithstanding, a group of federal scientists on Tuesday released a stark report on the warming at the top of the planet, suggesting that it is unparalleled in more than a millennium. “The Arctic is going through the most unprecedented transition in human history, and we need better […]
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