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Climate change science notches a win

Climate change science notches a win

While much of official Washington was in an uproar Wednesday over the aftermath of President Donald Trump's unexpected firing of FBI Director James B. Comey, another surprise was taking place with much happier result. On a 51-49 vote, the U.S. Senate blocked an effort to repeal a 2016 U.S. Department of the Interior regulation curbing releases of methane from oil and gas wells on federal land.

That was a big victory for climate change science not just because methane is a major source of greenhouse gases or that so-called "flares" from drilling sites represent a significant waste (about $330 million worth of gas per year, or enough to supply 5 million homes that's just...

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