Energy and the environment

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, speaks with French President Emmanuel Macron, center, during a round table meeting at an EU summit in Sibiu, Romania, Thursday, May 9, 2019. European Union leaders on Thursday start to set out a course for increased political cooperation in the wake of the impending departure of the United Kingdom from the bloc. (Ludovic Marin, Pool Photo via AP)
May 13, 2019 - 6:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's environment minister on Monday backed a European proposal to virtually eliminate man-made greenhouse gas emissions by mid-century, deepening divisions within the German government over how to tackle climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron and eight either EU...
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This June 12, 2017 photo shows pumpjacks operating in the western edge of California's Central Valley northwest of Bakersfield. The federal government wants to reopen over 1.7 million acres (690,000 hectacres) in California to oil and gas drilling that includes fracking on land that has been off-limits since environmentalists sued in 2013. The Bureau of Land Management issued final plans Thursday, May 9, 2019 for oil and gas leases on 800,000 acres (324,000 hectacres) of federal land mainly between the Central Coast and Central Valley. (AP Photo/Brian Melley)
May 09, 2019 - 8:42 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — The U.S. government moved Thursday toward allowing new oil and gas drilling on wide swaths of federal land in California that has been off-limits since environmentalists sued in 2013. The Bureau of Land Management issued final plans for oil and gas leases on about 800,000 acres (...
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FILE- In this Nov. 29, 2006, file photo, steam rises from the huge boiler units at the coal-fired Jim Bridger Power Plant east of Rock Springs, Wyo. U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will continue to weaken in coming months despite efforts by the Trump administration to prop up the struggling industry, federal officials said Thursday, May 9, 2019. Renewable energy sources are expected to fill much of the gap left by coal’s decline, according to the Energy Information Administration. (Jeff Gearino/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
May 09, 2019 - 7:34 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. demand for coal to generate electricity will keep sliding in coming months, federal officials said Thursday, despite efforts by the Trump administration to shore up the struggling industry. Renewable energy sources including wind, solar and hydropower are expected to...
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May 04, 2019 - 12:31 pm
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Ted Kennedy sums up what he sees along the river in the Grand Canyon: "It's buggy out there." That is to say, an experiment to change the flow of water from a dam near the Arizona-Utah state line appeared to boost the number of aquatic insects that fish in the Colorado River...
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FILE - In this March 6, 2019 file photo, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee listens as he takes part in a non-partisan panel discussion titled "Foreign Affairs and National Security in the Age of Climate Change" hosted by the University of Washington Jackson School and the American Security Project on the UW campus in Seattle. Inslee, as part of his pledge to make combating climate change the top national priority, is calling for the nation’s entire electrical grid and all new vehicles and buildings to be carbon pollution free by 2030. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
May 03, 2019 - 2:59 pm
Democratic presidential hopeful Jay Inslee, as part of his pledge to make combating climate change the top national priority, is calling for the nation's entire electrical grid and all new vehicles and buildings to be carbon pollution free by 2030. It's the first major policy proposal from the...
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In this Monday, April 22, 2019 photo Goldman Environmental Prize winner Alfred Brownell, a Liberian environmental lawyer and human rights activist, stands for a photograph, in Boston. Brownell, a distinguished scholar at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, says he was forced to flee his country over his fight to hold a Southeast Asian palm oil company accountable for its alleged destruction of Liberian forest and abuse of indigenous communities living around palm oil plantations. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
April 29, 2019 - 5:05 am
BOSTON (AP) — When Alfred Brownell arrived in a remote Liberian village, the surrounding tropical rainforest had been leveled by bulldozers. Burial grounds were uprooted, religious shrines were desecrated and a stream people depended upon for water was polluted. Brownell, an environmental lawyer...
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FILE -- In this Sept. 25, 2018 photo steam swells from the cooling towers of the RWE lignite-fired Neurath power plant in Grevenbroich, Germany. German energy company RWE says it won’t invest in new coal-fired power stations and is scrapping plans for a lignite-fired plant in western Germany. (Horst Ossinger/dpa via AP, file)
April 26, 2019 - 8:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — German energy company RWE says it won't invest in new coal-fired power stations and is scrapping plans for a lignite-fired plant in western Germany. RWE, which operates several of Europe's most-polluting power plants, said in a statement Friday that it will now focus on generating...
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FILE - In this July 16, 2017, file photo, ice is broken up by the passing of the Finnish icebreaker MSV Nordica as it sails through the Beaufort Sea off the coast of Alaska. The Trump administration is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked drilling off Alaska. President Donald Trump has pushed to open nearly all U.S. coastlines to offshore oil and gas drilling. But a federal judge last month ruled against Trump’s executive order to open the Arctic and parts of the Atlantic. Coastal states also have opposed the expanded drilling. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)
April 25, 2019 - 7:44 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration said Thursday it is reevaluating its controversial plan to sharply expand offshore drilling as it responds to a court ruling that blocked oil and gas development off Alaska and parts of the Atlantic. Governors and lawmakers from both Republican- and...
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April 22, 2019 - 4:44 am
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it. North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental protection are scheduled Monday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Pilot Mountain State Park in...
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April 19, 2019 - 7:53 am
MANTEO, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's coastal regulatory board says risks associated with offshore oil and gas exploration and drilling off the Atlantic coast aren't worth threats to the tourism and fishing economies and the environment. The state Coastal Resources Commission approved a resolution...
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