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The Texas blackout is another reminder that more frequent, climate-driven extreme weather puts stress on the country's electricity grid. It came just months after outages in California aimed at preventing wildfires.

Facing the rising threat of wildfire and extreme drought, Flagstaff, Ariz., unveiled an ambitious effort two years ago to cut the heat-trapping emissions that drive climate change.

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The massive spending package just passed by Congress includes the most significant climate legislation in more than a decade, along with significant changes in energy policy.

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President Trump narrowly won Pennsylvania in 2016. This year, the question is whether big turnout in the Democratic strongholds of Pittsburgh and Philadelphia can deliver his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, a win.

In particular, Philadelphia has been a focus for Trump; four years ago, only 15% of the city's voters picked him. Trump has claimed — with little evidence — that the local election system is corrupt. His critics say the president is trying to suppress turnout in the city.

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At Thursday's debate, there was this telling exchange about climate change.

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PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Would you close down the oil industry?

Despite the cascade of other crises this year, climate change has emerged as a key election issue.

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