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FACT CHECK: South Dakota Legislation Doesn’t Threaten Free Speech

CLAIM: The ACLU of South Dakota claims a new state law designed to reduce the risks associated with pipeline construction will “chill free speech” and “blur the line between constitutionally-protected speech and unlawful actions.”



South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem signed legislation Wednesday that allows the state to recoup “extraordinary” law enforcement costs associated with protests at the Keystone XL pipeline.

The new laws do two things:

Senate Bill 189 would allow the state, and potentially a third party in partnership with the state, to sue protesters or “riot boosters” for up to three times the

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IEA: CO2 Emissions 15% Higher Without Natural Gas

A recent report from the International Energy Agency underscored the important role clean-burning natural gas is playing in the U.S. and around the world.

According to the Paris-based organization’s 2019 Global Energy and CO2 Status Report, global CO2 emissions could have been more than 15 percent higher in 2018 if it weren’t for the accelerating transition from coal to gas-fired power plants.

Despite growth in coal use, fuel switching between coal and gas accelerated in 2018, reducing the carbon intensity of global energy use. Driven by economics and policies, coal-to-gas switching avoided almost 60 Mt of coal demand, with

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