Katie Howell

Greenwire

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Energy reporter for Greenwire, an online news service that covers the environment and energy policy

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Executives from the five biggest oil companies told the  Senate Finance Committee  today that ending their $2 billion in tax breaks would hinder development of energy supplies.

Senate Democrats Rake Oil Executives over the Coals

Executives from the five biggest oil companies told the Senate Finance Committee today that ending their $2 billion in tax breaks would hinder development of energy supplies.

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One year after the  worst oil spill  in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida?

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One year after the worst oil spill in US history, what's the condition of the environment, the economy and the culture from Louisiana to Florida?

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One year ago tomorrow, the  Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up  in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until…

The Gulf Oil Spill, One Year Later

One year ago tomorrow, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig blew up in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers and starting a gusher of oil that spilled 4.4 million gallons of oil until…

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