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"Fracking" is used to extract underground oil and gas.  The more it's used, the more controversial it becomes. A new EPA report is being cheered by both environmentalists and the energy industry — but the battle is far from over.

Also, Norway's "oil fund" to divest from coal. On today's Talking Point: is it almost impossible for any horse to win the Triple Crown?

Photo: Anti-fracking rally in New York City (Adrian Kinloch)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Benjamin Gottlieb

Norway's "Oil Fund" to Divest from Coal 6 MIN, 30 SEC

The push to divest fossil fuel stocks began three years ago on college campuses, in the interests of climate change. Now the biggest sovereign wealth fund in the world has announced plans to sell off investments related to coal mining. It's Norway's $890 billion government pension fund. John Schwartz is reporting the story for the New York Times.

Special thanks to Sarah Sweeney for production assistance.

Guests:
John Schwartz, New York Times (@jswatz)

When It Comes to Fracking, Big Government Trumps Local Control 32 MIN, 48 SEC

Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," is moving America toward energy independence. Fracking uses large volumes of water under high pressure to free oil and natural gas deposits from underground shale. The EPA says it can contaminate aquifers and create unhealthy air. It's even said to cause earthquakes. But when 59 percent of Denton, Texas, voted to ban fracking for natural gas, they were over-ruled by state politicians. Oklahoma has also banned fracking bans. Are the rights of oil companies with absentee owners taking precedence over community health and safety? We hear what's at stake for the nation's economy.

Guests:
Ellen Gilmer, EnergyWire (@ellengilmer)
Adam Briggle, Denton Drilling Awareness Group (@adambriggle)
Dave Quast, Energy In-Depth (@davequast)
Todd Halihan, Oklahoma State University (@okstate)

Why Horse Racing's Top Prize Is So Elusive 10 MIN, 43 SEC

Tomorrow — for the second year in a row — it’s possible that a horse could win the last race in the Triple Crown — for the first time since 1978. American Pharoah won the Kentucky Derby five weeks ago.  Two weeks later, he took the Preakness.  Tomorrow, he’s run in the Belmont Stakes — with a chance of a Triple Crown winner for the first time in 37 years.  What are his chances?  


American Pharoah after winning the 2015 Preakness (Maryland GovPics)

Guests:
Jim Chairusmi, Wall Street Journal (@jimchair)
Lexi Pandell, Wired magazine (@lpandell)

More:
Chairusmi on how American Pharoah can win the Triple Crown if he learns from shortcomings at the Belmont Stakes
Pandell on why it's so hard, scientifically, to win the Triple Crown

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