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Peak flows of the Missouri River “are expected to arrive early in the week in riverfront communities in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska.” [AP]
“The number of New Zealanders being hospitalized with infectious diseases has surged in the last two decades, say researchers in a warning that the government must do more to understand the links between global warming and public health.” [China Daily]
Once a moderate, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) “emerged from an unusually close primary against a tea party candidate and a tough fight for the panel chairmanship as the standard-bearer for the Republican push to block the Obama administration’s major environmental initiatives.” [LA Times]
“Sarah Palin cheered then-candidate Barack Obama’s support for expanded offshore drilling three weeks before Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) picked her as his 2008 running mate in late August of that year.” [E2]
Sen. Maria Cantwell (D-WA) is leading the fight against oil speculation and oil dependence, and plans to submit legislation to limit carbon pollution and reduce oil use later this year. [McClatchy]
Sen. Jon Kyl’s (R-AZ) family’s summer home in Greer, Arizona is currently in the Arizona wildfire’s path. [ABCNews]
“Two futures contracts used to set the price of crude oil world-wide are spinning further out of sync, and traders in both markets are struggling to explain why.” [WSJ]