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NATIONAL CLIMATE ASSESSMENT

What: The report makes clear that climate change will harm more Americans, cut into the economy and weaken the social fabric of American life. It was written by more than 300 authors, including federal researchers as well as those from state governments and the private sector.

Who: Scott Waldman | READ STORY >>>

90% OF PIPELINE EXPLOSIONS FACE NO FINES

What: Since the beginning of 2010, interstate pipelines have exploded or caught fire 137 times, according to an E&E News analysis of interstate pipeline enforcement and incident data. In about 90 percent of those cases, PHMSA sought no fine.

Who: Mike Soraghan | READ STORY >>>

POWER SHIFT 2019

What: With the Democrats winning the majority in the House and a lot of reshuffling on committees in both chambers, there is a lot to cover before the start of the new Congress in January including the special climate committee, a coal-loving Dem leading the energy committee and all of those investigations.

Who: E&E Staff | READ COVERAGE >>>

KIDS' CLIMATE CASE

What: Twenty-one young Americans are suing the government over climate change.

Who: Benjamin Hulac | READ SERIES >>>

HIDDEN GEMS

HOW RUSSIAN PRANKSTERS PUNKED PERRY

What: A couple of pranksters known internationally as the "Jerky Boys of Russia" managed to get Energy Secretary Rick Perry on the phone last year for 20 minutes. Behind the scenes, the call was no laughing matter at the Department of Energy's Washington, D.C., headquarters, according to FOIA documents obtained by E&E News.

Who: Hannah Northey | READ STORY >>>

A FOILED PLAN TO USE CLIMATE CASH FOR OIL

What: The nation of Bahrain tried to get money from the Green Climate Fund to help its oil industry. It proposed a project to clean up water pollution caused by oil and gas producers in Bahrain in the name of its water crisis.

Who: Jean Chemnick | READ STORY >>>

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