Energy and the environment

November 08, 2017 - 9:21 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Republican-controlled House has approved a bill aimed at expanding hydroelectric power, an action supporters said would boost a clean source of renewable energy but opponents denounced as a giveaway to large power companies. The bill, sponsored by Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers...
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Cars and trucks queue on the highway A5 in Frankfurt, Germany, Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. The World Climate Conference with 25 000 people participating starts on Monday in Bonn, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
November 08, 2017 - 4:57 pm
BERLIN (AP) — The European Commission said Wednesday it wants to cut emissions of carbon dioxide from cars by 30 percent by 2030 and boost the use of electric vehicles by making them cheaper and easier to charge. The proposal stops short of imposing fixed quotas for emission-free vehicles and is...
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Protestors make their way through the city with a smoking figure of the statue of liberty during the demonstration for the implementation of the climate change convention in Bonn, Germany, Saturday, Nov. 4, 2017. The Climate summit starts Monday, Nov. 6 in Bonn. (Roland Weihrauch/dpa via AP)
November 04, 2017 - 11:17 am
BONN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of demonstrators have marched through Bonn to protest the use of fossil fuels ahead of a global climate conference being held in the western German city next week. Participants in Saturday's event carried banners with slogans that included "Revolution Not Pollution...
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November 03, 2017 - 11:05 pm
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — The first company to obtain a permit for fracking in Illinois announced Friday it won't use it, citing market conditions and the state's "burdensome and costly" regulations. Wichita, Kansas-based Woolsey Companies Inc. was given permission in September by the Illinois...
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November 03, 2017 - 2:27 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The energy industry has winners and losers in the new House GOP tax bill. Losers are the electric car industry and producers of wind power and other clean energy. Winners include oil and gas and the nuclear power industry, which would see tax breaks preserved. The bill's release...
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November 01, 2017 - 1:59 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — A federal appeals court on Wednesday upheld Energy Department decisions approving three projects to export liquefied natural gas, a boost for the Trump administration's strategy to increase energy production and promote exports. The Sierra Club was seeking to overturn approvals of...
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FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2009, file photo, heavy equipment moves coal outside Signal Peak Energy's Bull Mountain mine near Roundup, Mont. A judge has given a reprieve to the owners of the central Montana coal mine who had warned layoffs were imminent after the mine’s expansion plans were blocked. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy said Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 that preparatory work in the expansion area can proceed while the mine’s climate change impacts are further studied. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown, File)
October 31, 2017 - 9:05 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A large Montana coal mine averted dozens of layoffs on Tuesday after a judge allowed work to proceed on an expansion, even as the government reconsiders the mine's contribution to climate change. The ruling by U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy allows Signal Peak Energy to...
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FILE - In this April 3, 2014 file photo giant machines dig for brown coal at the open-cast mining Garzweiler in front of a power plant near the city of Grevenbroich in western Germany. The UN Climate Change Conference 2017 will take place under Presidency of the Government of Fiji in Bonn, Germany and starts on Monday, Nov. 6, 2017. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, File)
October 31, 2017 - 11:02 am
GENEVA (AP) — The head of the U.N. environment program said Tuesday the United States is likely to live up to the Paris climate deal despite President Donald Trump's planned pullout, because "all the big American companies" are working toward greener operations. The comments from UNEP executive...
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FILE- This May 12, 2005, file photo, shows the port of Longview on the Columbia River at Longview, Wash. A judge says Washington state's Department of Natural Resources acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought by developers of a proposed coal-export terminal near Longview. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
October 27, 2017 - 7:32 pm
SEATTLE (AP) — A Washington state judge on Friday handed a victory to the developers of a massive proposed coal-export terminal on the Columbia River, saying the state acted arbitrarily when it blocked a sublease sought for the project. The decision, by Cowlitz County Superior Court Judge Stephen...
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October 27, 2017 - 4:55 pm
ST. LOUIS (AP) — St. Louis aldermen have approved a measure committing the city to transition to 100 percent clean, renewable energy by 2035. The measure approved Friday calls for the city to develop a plan by December 2018 to meet the clean energy goal by working with residents, businesses, faith-...
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