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Texas-based Valero Energy -- which owns gas stations across the country, like this one in Sacramento,Calif. -- has contributed about half of the roughly $10 million behind California's Proposition 23 campaign.
Biologists are relocating species such as this juvenile Mojave Desert tortoise due to the planned construction of BrightSource Energy's solar plant in southern California.
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A coal-fired power plant in New Haven, W.Va, stores carbon dioxide underground and is the world's largest carbon capture facility. An energy bill that would support such projects is taking a beating from both the left and the right this election season.
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A suspected tornado damaged the second story of a house near Muncie, Ind., on Tuesday. A massive storm prompted severe thunderstorm warnings and tornado watches across the Midwest.
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A snowflake from Kiruna Sweden. Large, well-formed crystals like this one, which is between 2 and 5 mm, usually form when the temperature is around -15 degrees Celsius. A special photo-microscope and colored lights were used to capture the image.
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