Something strange happened during the run-up to this month’s Paris climate conference. Several major oil and gas companies, including Shell and BP, acknowledged the serious threat of climate change. But they weren’t done yet: they also demanded “ambitious” policy solutions …

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On Monday June 2, 2014, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a regulation that would cut carbon pollution from power plants up to 30 percent by 2030. Within hours, House Speaker John Boehner delivered his response: “The president’s plan is nuts. …

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