THE INFLUENCE GAME: Industry giants tell Congress they’ll take pollution limits _ for a price

THE INFLUENCE GAME: Firms exact climate price

WASHINGTON — Utilities, steelmakers and oil industry lobbyists have tried to ease the pain of President Barack Obama’s push to curb global warming, and they’ve gotten an early return on the millions of dollars they’ve spent influencing Congress.

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Echoing Bush, Obama won’t fight global warming with rules protecting polar bears

Obama won’t fight global warming with bear rules

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration, which promised a sharp break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era policy against expanding protection for climate-threatened polar bears and ruled out a broad new attack on greenhouse gases.

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Obama administration declines to make polar bear’s plight impetus for greenhouse gas rules

Gov’t sticks with Bush-era polar bear rule

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday let stand a Bush-era regulation that limits protection of the polar bear from global warming, saying that a law protecting endangered species shouldn’t be used to take on the much broader issue of climate change.

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For polar bears, deadline looms if gov’t wants to reverse a Bush-era rule limiting protections

Gov’t faces weekend deadline on polar bear rule

WASHINGTON — A decision involving the iconic polar bear could determine whether protecting endangered species might also help save the earth from global warming.

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Habitat for 2 threatened fish in NM, Ariz. to be reviewed after interference found in review

Feds to reconsider critical habitat for 2 fish

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — A federal judge has ruled the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service can reconsider the critical habitat designation of two threatened fish species in New Mexico and Arizona after a probe found political interference likely affected scientists’ findings.

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Leading Guatemalan environmentalist who survived assassin’s bullets wins human rights prize

Guatemalan anti-mining activist wins rights prize

DUBLIN — A leading Guatemalan environmentalist who recently survived an assassination attempt won an international human rights award Friday for his efforts to stop the rapid growth of mines in the mineral-rich Central American nation.

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AP sources: Obama lets stand rule limiting protection of polar bears against climate change

AP sources: Gov’t sticks with Bush polar bear rule

WASHINGTON — The Associated Press has learned that the Interior Department is letting stand a Bush administration regulation that limits protection of polar bears from global warming.

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