Energy and the environment

August 13, 2019 - 10:48 pm
BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A judge barred the Trump administration on Tuesday from acting on the recommendations of an energy advisory panel that was created to make it easier to extract fossil fuels from public lands and waters. U.S. District Judge Donald Molloy sided with a Montana-based conservation...
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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. A coalition of 22 Democratic-led states has sued the Trump administration over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, says the new rule violates the federal Clean Air Act because it does not meaningfully replace power plants' greenhouse gas emissions. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)
August 13, 2019 - 8:01 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of 21 Democratic-led states sued the Trump administration Tuesday over its decision to ease restrictions on coal-fired power plants, with California's governor saying the president is trying to rescue an outdated industry. In June, the U.S. Environmental...
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President Donald Trump speaks at the Pennsylvania Shell ethylene cracker plant on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019 in Monaca, Pa. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic)
August 13, 2019 - 5:37 pm
MONACA, Pa. (AP) — President Donald Trump sought to take credit Tuesday for the construction of a major manufacturing facility in western Pennsylvania as he tries to reinvigorate supporters in the Rust Belt towns that sent him to the White House in 2016. Trump visited Shell's soon-to-be completed...
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In this Aug. 2, 2019 photo, trees destroyed by the bark beetle stand in a forest near Oderbrueck in the German state Lower Saxony. The sight of bare trees has stoked debate in Germany about the impact of climate change and what measures this heavily industrialized nation should be taking to adapt to and prevent global warming. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)
August 10, 2019 - 11:18 am
BERLIN (AP) — Germany's forests — long a source of pride and national identity — are feeling the heat. A second consecutive year of unusually dry and warm weather has left swaths of dead and dying trees, fueling fears that the storied woods in more than a few of the fairytales by the Brothers Grimm...
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FILE - This May 25, 2019 file photo shows Michael Moore at the awards ceremony of the 72nd international film festival, Cannes, southern France. In "Planet of the Humans," which premiered Wednesday, July 31, at the Traverse City Film Festival, he and director Jeff Gibbs pull the curtain back on the false promises of alternative energy, from electric cars to windmills and biomass, and expose why they're not working. (Photo by Vianney Le Caer/Invision/AP, File)
August 07, 2019 - 7:51 pm
LOS ANGELES (AP) — A new documentary promoted and backed by Michael Moore poses the provocative question: What if alternative energy isn't all it's cracked up to be? "Planet of the Humans" takes on electric cars, solar panels, wind turbines, biomass, biofuel and even leading environmentalist groups...
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Dozens of environmentalists block the main entrance of the coal-fired power plant in Mannheim, Germany, Aug. 3, 2019. People are blocking the entrance to a coal-fired power plant in the German city in protest over the burning of fossil fuels. Mannheim police said about 40-50 protesters have been staging the blockade since in the early hours of Saturday. (Uwe Anspach/dpa via AP)
August 03, 2019 - 7:10 am
BERLIN (AP) — Dozens of environmentalists are blocking the entrance to a coal-fired power plant in the German city of Mannheim in protest over the burning of fossil fuels. Mannheim police said about 40-50 climate activists have been staging the protest since the early hours of Saturday. Police...
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FILE - In this Nov. 16, 2018, file photo, a firefighter searches for human remains in a trailer park destroyed in the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. The number of people listed as missing from the deadly Northern California wildfire is down to one after deputies located an Oroville woman. The Butte County Sheriff's Office said Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, that Wendy Carroll was aware she was listed as missing but never contacted authorities because of possible legal issues. The Nov. 8, 2018 Camp Fire killed 85 people. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)
August 02, 2019 - 6:40 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — A coalition of states sued the Trump administration Friday for the second time to block a planned reduction in the penalties automakers pay when they fail to meet fuel economy standards. Twelve states and the District of Columbia sued the National Highway Traffic Safety...
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FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2014 file photo, Brad and Sue Wyman paddle their 1930's Old Town Guide canoe along the Androscoggin River as leaves display their fall colors north of the White Mountains in Dummer, N.H. The New Hampshire Supreme Court on Friday, July 19, 2019 upheld a state committee's rejection of a proposal to bring a hydropower transmission line from Canada to markets in southern New England, possibly dealing a fatal blow to a plan that has raised concerns among communities and environmentalists that it would harm the region's tourism industry and hurt property values. (AP Photo/Jim Cole, File)
July 26, 2019 - 1:56 pm
CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — After nearly a decade of protests, hearings and court fights, the Northern Pass hydropower project that promised to bring hydropower from Canada to southern New England is dead. The company behind the plan, Eversource, announced Thursday it was abandoning the project after...
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July 26, 2019 - 1:44 pm
LONDON (AP) — The European Investment Bank is suggesting ending loans to fossil fuel projects by the end of next year, as part of the European Union's efforts to combat climate change. In a draft policy document published Friday, the Luxembourg-based bank proposes to "phase out support to energy...
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FILE - This April 23, 2019 file photo shows gas prices are displayed at a Shell station in Sacramento, Calif. Four major automakers have reached a secret deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration’s plan to freeze standards at 2021 levels, according to two people briefed on the matter. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
July 25, 2019 - 1:31 pm
DETROIT (AP) — Four major automakers have reached a deal with California to increase gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions standards, bypassing the Trump administration's push to freeze requirements at 2021 levels. Ford, BMW, Honda and Volkswagen signed the deal with the California Air Resources...
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