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The Fracking Fight's Opening Salvo

November 6, 2013

The Fracking Fight's Opening Salvo

DENVER, Colo.— The divided outcomes on anti-fracking measures in Tuesday's elections signal the beginning of a series of protracted political and legal fights over how we get our energy, who benefits and who is put at risk.

Three Denver-area cities supported initiatives to ban or delay fracking, while another Colorado city and two in Ohio voted down similar measures.


Meanwhile, Washington is largely sitting out the fracking fight. The administration is slowly moving ahead with regulations no side is really happy with, and no bills are advancing in either chamber of Congress on the issue.

That's why you need to look outside the beltway for the real battle being fought in states and cities, where local worries over environmental risks and jobs are colliding with pressing national issues like the economy and global warming.

Amy Harder


By Clare Foran (@ckmarie)

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MAJOR CLIMATE DEAL UNLIKELY AT U.N. CLIMATE TALKS. Developing countries like China and India may be reluctant to decrease reliance on coal, a cheap source of energy.

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