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Green Roundup: June 14, 2012

14 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

As wildfires rage in Colorado and New Mexico, scientists say climate change may spark more frequent and intense wildfires in the future. [NPR]

The Western Energy Alliance, a trade association of oil and gas companies, released a report yesterday slamming the new BLM fracking rules. But the report is based on unsubstantiated assumptions and junk science that often relies on anecdotes from unidentified industry employees and contractors. [NRDC]

Oil companies benefit from taxpayers’ money, profits from products that contribute to global warming, then fund organizations that cover up climate science. Yet they still recognize that climate change poses a threat to their bottom line. [ThinkProgress]

Last month's average global temperature made it the second-warmest May since record-keeping began in 1880, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The data comes on the heels of NOAA findings that the United States has had its warmest spring, warmest year-to-date, and warmest 12-month stretch on record. [The Hill]

Nucor Corporation, the third largest U.S. steel manufacturer, is defending its support for the Heartland Institute’s climate denial efforts as “entirely appropriate.” Nucor recently put $502,2000 toward Heartland’s anti-science climate program. [ThinkProgress]

In yet another sign of solar energy gaining ground, the Department of Energy is awarding $56 million to 21 concentrating solar power projects. [TreeHugger]

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