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By: BaltimoreBrian , 2:40 AM GMT on May 20, 2014

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257. etxwx
5:50 PM GMT on September 30, 2014
From Reuters:
Special Report: Islamic State uses grain to tighten grip in Iraq
by Maggie Fick - SHEKHAN Iraq
Excerpt: The group now controls a large chunk of Iraq’s wheat supplies. The United Nations estimates land under IS control accounts for as much as 40 percent of Iraq’s annual production of wheat, one of the country’s most important food staples alongside barley and rice. The militants seem intent not just on grabbing more land but also on managing resources and governing in their self-proclaimed caliphate.

Wheat is one tool at their disposal. The group has begun using the grain to fill its pockets, to deprive opponents – especially members of the Christian and Yazidi minorities – of vital food supplies, and to win over fellow Sunni Muslims as it tightens its grip on captured territory. In Iraq’s northern breadbasket, much as it did in neighboring Syria, IS has kept state employees and wheat silo operators in place to help run its empire.
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256. DonnieBwkGA
10:39 PM GMT on September 29, 2014
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255. etxwx
5:20 PM GMT on September 28, 2014
From Yale Environment 360:
Analysis: Oil Companies Quietly Prepare For a Future of Carbon Pricing by Mark Schapiro and Jason Scorse

The major oil companies in the U.S. have not had to pay a price for the contribution their products make to climate change. But internal accounting by the companies, along with a host of other signs, suggest that may soon change — though the implications of a price on carbon are far from clear.

In the winter of 2013, after mounting pressure from shareholder groups who wanted to understand the impacts of any future climate legislation, the biggest U.S.-based oil companies were nudged into a surprising revelation: ‘Carbon,' the stand-in for carbon dioxide and all other greenhouse gases, had been given a price in the companies' internal accounting. The externalized and largely uncounted costs long associated with fossil fuels — 20 pounds of CO2 emitted with every gallon of gasoline, according to the EPA — were now being given a number.

At the time, the biggest of the oil majors, ExxonMobil, reported a carbon price of $60 per metric ton to the Carbon Disclosure Project, which released the figures. Chevron, BP, and Royal Dutch Shell reported a price of up to $46 per ton, and for the first time, the oil majors appeared to be lifting the lid on the accounting sleights of hand that have kept the full costs of oil hidden from public view.


More here.




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254. Astrometeor
4:22 AM GMT on September 21, 2014
Quoting 253. MaxWeather:

no


WHY NOT?!
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253. MaxWeather
4:18 AM GMT on September 21, 2014
Quoting 251. Astrometeor:



Shoot me a gmail, please. I wanna know.
no
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252. Astrometeor
4:02 AM GMT on September 21, 2014
Hi Brian. I don't know if you've heard or not, but there's going to be a march in downtown NYC tomorrow, 9/21/14, to demand the leaders of the world to take action on climate change. The New York Times has an excellent piece on it: Busy Days as Organizers Prepare for Climate March. Now, the reason I'm bringing this up is that I'm one of the marchers. So, I'll be taking part in the march to demand change (not sure about the section where we make noise, I'm a quiet person...).

I'll be sure to take pictures and note as much stuff as I can, I plan on writing a follow-up blog about my experiences.

I have to take a bus from Lancaster, PA early tomorrow morning to NYC then back after the march is done. My biggest concern is getting lost...

More info from the article.

Organizers say they chose Sunday because it comes ahead of a climate summit at the United Nations on Tuesday. World delegates are expected to hold high-level discussions about climate change that will lay the groundwork for a potential global agreement on emissions next year in Paris. (Secretary General Ban Ki-moon announced on Tuesday that he planned to join the march.)

%u201CWhen the secretary general invited world leaders to this summit, all of us in the climate justice movement thought, %u2018Left to their own devices, these guys will do the same thing they%u2019ve done for 25 years %u2014 i.e., nothing,%u2019 %u201D Mr. McKibben said. %u201CSo we thought, we better go to New York, too.%u201D


I probably won't see this page until I get back, so wish me luck! See everyone later!
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251. Astrometeor
3:41 AM GMT on September 21, 2014
Quoting 250. MaxWeather:

so dumb not to figure that one out...
funny though

ps... actually 1 plus 1 is something else I can't tell here.
heh heh



Shoot me a gmail, please. I wanna know.
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250. MaxWeather
1:49 AM GMT on September 21, 2014
Quoting 249. Astrometeor:

Nathan: "What's 1 plus 1"

Lizzie: "2"

Nathan: "No, it's 11, gosh."

Lizzie: "No, it's a window."

That stumped^ me for a minute, now I love it. So smart.
so dumb not to figure that one out...
funny though

ps... actually 1 plus 1 is something else I can't tell here.
heh heh
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249. Astrometeor
4:12 AM GMT on September 17, 2014
Nathan: "What's 1+1"

Lizzie: "2"

Nathan: "No, it's 11, gosh."

Lizzie: "No, it's a window."

That stumped^ me for a minute, now I love it. So smart.
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248. BaltimoreBrian
3:03 AM GMT on September 17, 2014
The 'aye' cloud. For more info go here.

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247. BaltimoreBrian
1:18 AM GMT on September 15, 2014
Alba gu brath!


What do online bettors think about the Scotland independence referendum?

I don't know what the result will be. But to me, the most important thing is that 97% of people in Scotland have registered to vote (age 16 and up). And people on the margins who don't normally vote---usually don't vote for the status quo.

Of course now that I said that, independence will probably be defeated by 20%.
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246. BaltimoreBrian
1:14 AM GMT on September 15, 2014
I am assigning an essay to Nathan and the other high school and collegiate readers of this blog. Describe the interrelationships of the various actors in the Middle East crisis, based on this graphic.

Just kidding about the essay of course!

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245. BaltimoreBrian
1:12 AM GMT on September 15, 2014
Nathan I was not advocating in favor of total mobilization and war, and nation-building under a firm hand. I was merely stating that it would be required to have lasting success in the Middle East.

During our defeat and occupation of Nazi Germany and with the subsequent Marshall Plan, we decisively turned Western Europe to a new course. Germany, France, UK, Italy, and the rest of Western Europe do not fight each other. There've been no war scares since 1945 between them. Eastern Europe where Communism held sway has certainly had wars (Yugoslavia, Ukraine, etc.)

Japan, which we also occupied, has has been a peaceful country for the past 70 years. An achievement as good as could be hoped for at that time.

Accomplishing lasting peace in Western Europe and Japan cost the USA increasing its national debt 6-fold and over 400,000 American soldiers' lives. Worth it as opposed to another major war in Europe and Japan a generation later? I think so, though others may disagree.

Would sending millions of US troops and costing trillions, along with a comprehensive Marshall plan may work to bring peace and civil societies in the Middle East. Nothing less than that will.
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244. BaltimoreBrian
1:01 AM GMT on September 15, 2014
Queemswreath, all well and good but I require people to be polite in my blog. No passive-aggressiveness or other unpleasantness. Either against me or especially against other contributors.

etxwx is a very sharp, classy lady and I won't have her patronized! :)


Quoting QueensWreath:
BTW dont take my sarcastic passive agressive tone too seriously. I actually enjoy reading this blog. It gets my blood boiling but when I sit back and look at the GOOD ultimate goals we have in common,I realize that we want the almost same result. We just vehemently disagree on the path and the timetable. Well and the ultimate reason for the push for change. But its the end result that matters. IMO
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243. Astrometeor
4:10 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting 222. BaltimoreBrian:

reintroduce the draft


.....

No.

I just got my letter from the Selective Service today.

Just no. No draft. Nope. Nuh-uh. I ain't going over there. Like your service, Brian, but no thanks.
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242. BaltimoreBrian
3:54 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Where We're Getting the Money to Fight ISIS

What if this doesn't work against the Islamic State?


'ISIS' vs. 'ISIL' vs. 'Islamic State': The political importance of a much-debated acronym


In Arabic, the group is known as Al-Dawla Al-Islamiya fi al-Iraq wa al-Sham, or the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham. The term 'al-Sham' refers to a region stretching from southern Turkey through Syria to Egypt (also including Lebanon, Israel, the Palestinian territories and Jordan)
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241. QueensWreath
3:08 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Night Brian.
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240. BaltimoreBrian
3:02 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Time for work.
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237. BaltimoreBrian
2:43 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
I've seen the CSX commercials but I am not an expert on railroad fuel efficiency.
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234. BaltimoreBrian
2:38 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting QueensWreath:



No I am saying it would not hurt the economy like delaying it has. I am also saying that you would have a faster solution to grain and other transport bottlenecks if WE had gone ahead with the Keystone pipeline many years ago.


Are you saying that there would still be a problem with rails shipping grain if the pipeline was nearly finished or finished?


No, I was making a pun :)
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231. BaltimoreBrian
2:25 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting 229. QueensWreath:


Are you saying that improving the rail infrastructure would put the economy on track?
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230. BaltimoreBrian
2:24 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
For Max's viewing pleasure or pain :P
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228. BaltimoreBrian
2:22 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
I will return with my article lists on January 18th.
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227. MaxWeather
2:19 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting 226. BaltimoreBrian:



I put up a whole bunch over 2 years ago :)


I didn't see them???
Just your profile picture.

I edited my post below 225 btw
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226. BaltimoreBrian
2:18 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting MaxWeather:


First time saw Brian pictures....
I was surprised to see your publications.


I put up a whole bunch over 2 years ago :)
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225. MaxWeather
2:15 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting 223. BaltimoreBrian:



Why? :)


First time saw Brian pictures....
I was surprised to see your publications.

Ps... I might do the same thing one day and reveal to the virtual world everything about me
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224. BaltimoreBrian
2:08 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
And now for something different-- Coral Sitar music in the best opening to a Space 1999 episode. Filmed during November 1974

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223. BaltimoreBrian
2:05 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Quoting MaxWeather:
182. WOW... Hi everyone btw

*picking up my jaw


Why? :)
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222. BaltimoreBrian
1:42 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
I'm not involved yet Max. It's a mess for sure. I think the only way to solve it is to reintroduce the draft, and send a 3 million man army to lock the whole area down for several years. Build institutions, enable economic growth, like we did with western Europe after World War II. However, that would be very expensive and cost many American lives. The mideast crises can't be solved by pinprick bombings or ground wars fought on the cheap. We have to really mean it. Otherwise we will merely prolong the conflict. Unless we deploy overwhelming force which necessitates putting the USA on a war footing, our forces will triumph on the field for a day without achieving victory.

It should be known that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have been much deadlier for us than generally realized

Iraq: 4,489 US military killed, US contractors killed 3,455 (through end of April 2014)

Afghanistan: 2,344 US military killed, US contractors killed 3,335 (through end of April 2014)

Number of US military on disability 875,000 (through end of 2013)

Note that I am not advocating a World War II style mobilization. It's just that such a mobilization will be required to solve the problems. It may be best that we let them go at it, and treat terrorism as a criminal matter, to be prevented and punished, but not going to war, or a 'middle way'.
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221. MaxWeather
1:25 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
Hey Brian I know you are on top of this more than I. Also see in people post about the trouble in the Middle East.
How are you doing in regards to this trouble going on in Syria and Iraq with the violent attacks by ISIS?

Soldiers are being flown over for air striking these terrorists??.
Im just worried.
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220. Astrometeor
12:50 AM GMT on September 12, 2014
New blog out!!!First one in a long time. Big surprise festering within, but not explicitly stated. ;) Can Brian and Max figure it out???
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219. etxwx
4:40 PM GMT on September 08, 2014
Carbon in the news:

NRG may expand carbon capture plans
The company is installing technology at NRG’s W.A Parish plant southwest of Houston to capture carbon dioxide before it is emitted into the atmosphere. The plan is to pipe it to a nearby oilfield where it will be pumped underground to stimulate oil production.

Northeast carbon auctions reach $1.8 billion
ALBANY, N.Y. — Auction sales of carbon allowances in the nation’s first cap-and-trade program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions have generated $1.8 billion since the program was launched six years ago. The nine Northeastern and Mid-Atlantic states participating in the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative use the revenue to fund energy efficiency, renewable energy, consumer utility bill assistance, and other consumer programs.

Analysis: Can Carbon Capture Technology Be Part of the Climate Solution?
Some scientists and analysts are touting carbon capture and storage as a necessary tool for avoiding catastrophic climate change. But critics of the technology regard it as simply another way of perpetuating a reliance on fossil fuels.
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218. Astrometeor
2:53 AM GMT on September 07, 2014
Ban Homework?

Immature State Department Employees?

President Obama blames Twitter and Social Media Kind of goes hand-in-hand with the State Department article...I don't see any major effects of social media on foreign policy.

BEST CNN ARTICLE EVER! :D
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217. DonnieBwkGA
5:23 AM GMT on September 05, 2014
An article by Reuters about rising sea levels. Pretty good!
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216. BaltimoreBrian
2:38 AM GMT on August 28, 2014
A New Reason to Question the Official Unemployment Rate

I am curious what VaBeachHurricanes thinks of this, with his economics background.
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215. BaltimoreBrian
2:36 AM GMT on August 28, 2014
An interesting Russian news article about the possible coverup of Russian soldiers' deaths in the Ukraine.

Following is my translation:

A number of questions hang in the air about the dead and detained on the territory of Ukraine as Russian troops reached a critical mass. Will there be war if Russia is in Ukraine and, if so, on what grounds? If not, who is in the fresh graves and who is giving testimony under interrogation in the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU)?

Sergey Krivenko and Ella Polyakova of the Presidential Council on Human Rights appealed to the Investigation Committee with a request to check the information about the death of nine contractors of the 18th Motorised Brigade allegedly on the ground in the Rostov region. Allegations of involvement by the military of the unit in the fighting in the south-east of Ukraine appeared in the Ukrainian media in mid-June. The deaths of nine soldiers on August 9 in Snizhne (Snow), on the border of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, was confirmed to chairman of the publication Gazeta.ru by the committee of Soldiers' Mothers of the Stavropol Territory Lyudmila Bogatenkova. Possibly they also wrote about Dagestani newspaper "Draft"; the newspaper's sources say that all of them reported the soldiers as dead during exercises or dismissed from the armed forces with no further information available.

According to several media reports, on 24 August in the Pskov region soldiers (conscripts and contract) of the 76th Pskov Airborne Division. On Monday, were buried. Leonid Kichatkin and Alexander Osipov - as previously reported by Ukrainian media, personal papers of people with such names were found in the captured Ukrainian military BMD-2.

Finally, announced yesterday, the capture of the SBU 10 soldiers 331st Regiment of the 98th Airborne Division and the Svir published video interviews of four of them. Russian Defense Ministry mouth "source" suggested that the paratroopers got lost patrolling the border.

Russian soldiers detained by Ukrainian security officials were in the Ukraine by accident, says the Russian Defense Ministry.

Reports are that several dozen troops tried to enter Ukraine during the previous week. Russian military officials have categorically denied any involvement in the fighting, but did not tell the parents of missing children - this is, for example, yesterday told a press conference in Saratov to a mother of another contractor of the 76th Division, Ilya Maksimov, who was also "on the border of Rostov" and whose documents are also found in a captured Ukrainian military armored vehicle. Parents of the missing Russian soldiers have been told nothing since August 16.

Silent or vague official comments only enhance the atmosphere of suspicion and bring to mind unpleasant examples of Russian and Soviet history. The country did not know about the secret operations of the Red Army in Afghanistan in 1929 and in Xinjiang in 1930. Their members were forbidden to write home about its present whereabouts, writing after watching the censors went to places of permanent deployment. Similarly, the Kremlin hushed up part of the Soviet military in combat in Korea and Vietnam against the United States, Egypt and Syria - against Israel.

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Vedomosti is an independent joint venture of Dow Jones, The Financial Times and The Moscow Times.

The BBC also has an article about the secret burials: Russian reporters 'attacked at secret soldier burials'

From the article: Later, two Moscow-based reporters visited the village to investigate the reports.

Vladimir Romensky and Ilya Vasyunin say they were approached by two men who told them that they would "never be found" unless they boarded the next train back to Moscow.
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214. etxwx
10:53 PM GMT on August 27, 2014
Hi Brian, it's good to see you check in, and I hope things are going well for you. We all look forward to your return and I'm happy to contribute while you are gone - it's a lot easier than having my own blog. :)

From Yale Environment 360:
Mideast Water Wars: In Iraq, A Battle for Control of Water
Conflicts over water have long haunted the Middle East. Yet in the current fighting in Iraq, the major dams on the Tigris and Euphrates rivers are seen not just as strategic targets but as powerful weapons of war.


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213. BaltimoreBrian
3:06 AM GMT on August 27, 2014
etxwx thanks so much for all your article links!
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212. etxwx
2:16 PM GMT on August 26, 2014
Yup. This will work out well because we can always eat the oil, right? After all, doesn't the "O" in Cheerios stand for oil?
Grain Piles Up, Waiting for a Ride, as Trains Move North Dakota Oil
FARGO, N.D. — The furious pace of energy exploration in North Dakota is creating a crisis for farmers whose grain shipments have been held up by a vast new movement of oil by rail, leading to millions of dollars in agricultural losses and slower production for breakfast cereal giants like General Mills. The backlog is only going to get worse, farmers said, as they prepared this week for what is expected to be a record crop of wheat and soybeans. “If we can’t get this stuff out soon, a lot of it is simply going to go on the ground and rot,” said Bill Hejl, who grows soybeans, wheat and sugar beets in the town of Casselton, about 20 miles west of here.
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211. etxwx
1:23 AM GMT on August 26, 2014
Editorial from today's Washington Post: A climate for change: America should not wait while the world warms
For more than a century, scientists have understood the basic physics of the greenhouse effect. For decades, they’ve realized humans can affect the climate by burning coal, oil and gas. But the country’s leaders remain divided on the need to curb greenhouse emissions, let alone how to do it. Among mainstream scientists, this paralysis is mind-boggling.

There is now no doubt that the world is warming.


More here.
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210. etxwx
7:12 PM GMT on August 25, 2014
From BBC
'Widespread methane leakage' from ocean floor off US coast:
By Matt McGrath Environment correspondent, BBC News
Excerpt: Researchers say they have found more than 500 bubbling methane vents on the seafloor off the US east coast. The unexpected discovery indicates there are large volumes of the gas contained in a type of sludgy ice called methane hydrate. There are concerns that these new seeps could be making a hitherto unnoticed contribution to global warming. The scientists say there could be about 30,000 of these hidden methane vents worldwide. Previous surveys along the Atlantic seaboard have shown only three seep areas beyond the edge of the US continental shelf.

More here.
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209. etxwx
3:04 PM GMT on August 24, 2014
A little Sunday reading...

Tire makers race to turn dandelions into rubber

(Reuters) - Dutch biologist Ingrid van der Meer often meets with disbelief when she talks about her work on dandelions and how it could secure the future of road transport. The reaction is understandable, given most people regard the yellow flowers as pesky intruders in their gardens rather than a promising source of rubber for tires. "People just think of it as a horrible weed and ask how can you get enough material for tires from just a small root," she said. Her research team is competing with others across the world to breed a type of dandelion native to Kazakhstan whose taproot yields a milky fluid with tire-grade rubber particles in it.
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208. etxwx
7:13 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Atlantic slows warming, temperature rises seen resuming from 2030: study
OSLO,(Reuters) – The Atlantic Ocean has masked global warming this century by soaking up vast amounts of heat from the atmosphere in a shift likely to reverse from around 2030 and spur fast temperature rises, scientists said.
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207. etxwx
5:25 PM GMT on August 21, 2014
Texas Buys Conservation Land with Oil Spill Money
by Neena Satija Aug. 21, 2014 Texas Tribune
Excerpt: A deal that was decades in the making has finally closed on the largest conservation land purchase in Texas history: Just over 17,000 acres of undisturbed coastal prairie in Calhoun County for $50 million. A large portion of that funding, $34.5 million, will come from criminal penalties paid by BP and Transocean after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster — welcome news for state officials amid frustration that Texas has lagged behind in taking advantage of hundreds of millions of dollars that became available in the wake of the oil spill.
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