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Hummer factory gets second life making electric cars

A U.S. auto plant that once made giant gas-guzzlers will now make cars that don’t need gas at all. AM General, which previously built the Hummer H2, sold its factory in South Bend, Indiana to the electric carmaker SF Motors, both firms announced  Thursday. SF Motors will pay $110 million to produce “intelligent electric vehicles,” according to publicly available filings. It will spend another $30 million to upgrade the 700,000-square-foot commercial assembly plant. SEE ALSO: Electric vehicles are now the cleanest cars in America The company didn’t elaborate further on…

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Coal company sues John Oliver for being John Oliver

A U.S. coal company is firing back at John Oliver after the Last Week Tonight host slammed its CEO in a June 18 show. On Wednesday, Murray Energy filed suit against Oliver, HBO, and Time Warner for defamation. The lawsuit accuses Oliver of hosting a “false and malicious broadcast” and of carrying out a “meticulously planned attempt to assassinate the character and reputation” of Bob Murray, the Ohio company’s chief executive. SEE ALSO: Richard Branson: Business leaders are ‘baffled’ by Trump on climate change Oliver’s show also skewered President Trump’s…

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Brutal Southwest U.S. heat wave sends temperature soaring to 125 degrees

There is little that’s normal about the heat wave roasting the Southwest U.S. during the past several days. In Phoenix and Palm Springs, temperatures were so high that 43 flights on American Eagle’s regional jets were canceled on Tuesday afternoon because the heat exceeded aircraft operating limits.  So far, slightly lower temperatures are expected on Wednesday, and there were no heat-related delays or cancelations as of Wednesday morning, American Airlines said in an email. The reason for the flight cancelations is that the heat plus the relatively high altitudes in…

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It’s So Hot in Arizona Right Now, Puppy Feet Are Frying

You know, in school and in newspapers, the experts warn you about all the dangers of global warming: melting ice caps, rising sea levels, more destructive hurricanes. All bad stuff! What they don’t tell you is that when it gets to be around 120-degrees, the sidewalk gets so hot, it can fry a puppy paw instantly. Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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EPA Set to Eliminate Over 1,200 Employees By September

“JOBS, JOBS, JOBS,” the Trump campaign liked to say. But upon assuming office, one of the first things that Trump did was initiate a hiring freeze in the federal government. And now, EPA has announced its plan to push out as many as 1,228 people on its staff by the end of the summer. Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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Blistering heat wave torches Southwest U.S., forcing airlines to cancel flights

The heat in the Southwest United States is building to a peak on Tuesday and Wednesday, with everything from power disruptions to flight cancellations expected as humans and machinery fall apart in this extreme weather.  Phoenix, Arizona will make a run at its all-time highest temperature of 122 degrees Fahrenheit, with a forecast high of around 120 degrees. If the high reaches at least 120 degrees, it would be the hottest temperature seen in that city since 1995.  SEE ALSO: Rick Perry denies the reality that CO2 is the main…

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Some Good News on Coral Reefs for a Change

A global coral bleaching event that’s been killing reefs around the world since early 2015 finally appears to be ending, according to a report just released by the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration. That said, reefs aren’t out of hot water yet. Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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Rick Perry denies the reality that CO2 is the main climate change driver, and here we go again

One of the U.S. Energy Department’s key roles is to develop ways to reduce carbon dioxide emissions — the leading driver of human-caused climate change. Yet the agency’s top official doesn’t think carbon is all that big of a problem. Energy Secretary Rick Perry on Monday repeated his long-held position that carbon emissions are not primarily responsible for global warming. Rather, the “most likely the primary control knob is the ocean waters and this environment that we live in,” he said in an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box. SEE ALSO:…

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The Southwest US Is About to Get Torched by a Brutal Heat Wave

Yikes, is it ever gonna be hot in the western United States this week. The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat warning for Arizona, Nevada, and parts of California, where temperatures are expected to reach as high as 122 degrees F (50 C). State and local officials are asking people to take the… Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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Ethiopian Coffee Is Screwed Unless We Do Something About It

Climate change might not feel that important if you’re living far away from a coastline. But that doesn’t mean your life won’t change. Lots of the items people love will likely be influenced by the changing climate in some way, and the popular Ethiopian coffee is a prime example. Read more… Gizmodo – Read Full Article

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