Energy and the environment

FILE---In this Jan.6, 2019 file photo water vapour rises from the cooling towers of the Joenschwalde lignite-fired power plant of Lausitz Energie Bergbau AG (LEAG) in Brandenburg, Germany. (Patrick Pleul/dpa via AP)
January 27, 2019 - 8:44 am
BERLIN (AP) — In a pioneering move, a German government-appointed panel has recommended that Germany stop burning coal to generate electricity by 2038 at the latest, as part of efforts to curb climate change. The Coal Commission reached a deal early Saturday following months of wrangling that were...
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FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2017, file photo, smog covers Salt Lake City as an inversion lingers. When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. (Ravell Call/The Deseret News via AP, File)
January 22, 2019 - 9:32 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — When it comes to their views on climate change, Americans are looking at natural disasters and their local weather, according to a new poll. Lately, that means record deadly wildfires in California, rainfall by the foot in Houston when Hurricane Harvey hit and the dome of smog...
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A woman works on a giant poster reading 'Climate Strike' during the 'Youth For Climate' strike protest in front of the Reichstag building in Berlin, Friday, Jan. 18, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
January 18, 2019 - 10:29 am
BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students held rallies Friday across Germany and Switzerland to protest the lack of action against climate change. The demonstrations in dozens of cities were inspired by student Greta Thunberg , who has been staging a weekly "school strike" in Sweden. Many used the...
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FILE - President Donald Trump, with acting Secretary of the Interior David Bernhardt, left, speaks during a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington. The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is calling on the Interior Department to halt work on oil and gas development permits and leases in Alaska and elsewhere during the partial government shutdown. A letter from U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., to Bernhardt objects to the Interior Department allowing work to be done on upcoming offshore lease sales, seismic permits and a five-year offshore oil and gas leasing plan. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
January 16, 2019 - 7:32 pm
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt...
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FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2018 file photo, Pacific Gas & Electric crews work to restore power lines in Paradise, Calif. Facing potentially colossal liabilities over deadly California wildfires, PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, follows the resignation of the power company’s chief executive. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
January 15, 2019 - 1:42 am
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...
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FILE - In this Nov. 10, 2018 file photo, with a downed power utility pole in the foreground, Eric England, right, searches through a friend's vehicle after the wildfire burned through Paradise, Calif. Facing potentially colossal liabilities over deadly California wildfires, PG&E will file for bankruptcy protection. The announcement Monday, Jan. 14, 2019, follows the resignation of the power company’s chief executive. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
January 14, 2019 - 8:48 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes...
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Protesters hold signs as they turn their backs on a meeting of the Virginia State Air Quality Control Board in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019. The board is set to vote on a plan to build an Atlantic Coast Pipeline Compressor station in the state. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
January 08, 2019 - 5:13 pm
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents. The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favor of a key...
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FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2018, file photo, opponents of a proposed natural gas pipeline that would run through Maryland and under the Potomac River hold signs at a rally in Annapolis, Md., urging Gov. Larry Hogan to reject the project. The bottom line reads: "No Potomac Pipeline." A board of high-ranking Maryland officials rejected the pipeline Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019, that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia. (AP Photo/Brian Witte, File)
January 02, 2019 - 2:22 pm
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — A board of high-ranking Maryland officials on Wednesday rejected a proposed pipeline across the western part of the state that would carry natural gas produced in Pennsylvania to West Virginia. The Board of Public Works voted 3-0 against an easement for TransCanada's pipeline...
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FILE - In this Sept. 10, 2018 file photo, Gov. Jerry Brown speaks during an interview with The Associated Press, in Sacramento, Calif. Brown steps down Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 bills into law during his last year in office, most of which take effect with the Jan. 1 start of the new year. They continue positioning California as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to Republican President Donald Trump on topics including climate change, criminal justice and gender discrimination. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
December 29, 2018 - 12:44 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Jerry Brown is leaving office Jan. 7 after signing more than 1,000 laws in his last year, further positioning the state as a bastion of liberal activism and goad to President Donald Trump. The laws, most of which take effect Tuesday, ease criminal sentences...
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FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. The Trump administration on Friday targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama administration rule, called the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, led to what electric utilities say was an $18 billion clean-up of mercury and other toxins from the smokestacks of coal-fired power plants. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
December 29, 2018 - 12:21 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration has targeted an Obama-era regulation credited with helping dramatically reduce toxic mercury pollution from coal-fired power plants, saying the benefits to human health and the environment may not be worth the cost of the regulation. The 2011 Obama...
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