Fall of the ‘Frack Master’: apostle who briefed parliament lands in Texas jail

MPs and outlets including the Guardian listened to Chris Faulkner on fracking. He is now under arrest for fraud The self-appointed evangelist of the Texas fracking boom launched into a jargon-laced monologue, prompting the chairman of the UK parliaments David TC Davies, Conservative MP for Monmouth. So you may need…

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Why Diesel Cars Are Spoiling Your Summer

Europeans aren’t just sweating through the long, hot summer. City dwellers may be coughing and wheezing more, too. Diesel vehicles, which still command nearly half the market for new cars, are left with barely any pollution controls when temperatures soar above 35 degrees Celsius (95 Fahrenheit), according to France’s Petroleum…

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Automakers Risk $16 Billion in Fines on EU Emission Breaches

Automakers failing to cut greenhouse gas emissions risk writing a big check to the European Union. Manufacturers ranging from Renault SA to Mercedes-Benz maker Daimler AG are on the hook for total fines in excess of 14 billion euros ($16 billion), should they fail to comply with tighter emission regulation…

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Putins Soccer Ball for Trump Had Transmitter Chip, Logo Indicates

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s gift of a soccer ball to U.S. President tweeted, “I’d check the soccer ball for listening devices and never allow it in the White House.” It turns out they weren’t entirely wrong. Markings on the ball indicate that it contained a chip with a tiny antenna…

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Trump, Juncker Tout Deal Pulling Back From U.S.-EU Trade War

President Donald Trump and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to suspend new tariffs while negotiating over trade, pulling the U.S. and Europe back from the edge of a transatlantic trade war. The leaders pledged to expand European imports of U.S. liquefied natural gas and soybeans and both vowed to…

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Freaked-Out Americans Desperately Seek to Escape the News

Last week, Jen Wrenn, a children’s literacy advocate in San Diego, attended her first political protest after reading about the Trump administration policy of separating small children from their immigrant parents at the border. She had heard Deadline. “A character like Fred takes us back to how we treat each other.”…

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