Energy and the environment

FILE - Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station shown in a Tuesday, April 4, 2017 file photo, in Oak Harbor, Ohio. A roughly $1 billion financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants is all but certain after lawmakers on Tuesday, July 23, 2019 approved adding a new fee to every electricity bill in the state. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, File)
July 23, 2019 - 2:53 pm
TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) — A roughly $1 billion financial rescue for Ohio's two nuclear power plants is on the way after lawmakers and the governor signed off on a plan Tuesday that will add a new fee to every electricity bill in the state. Backed mostly by Republicans, the legislation will hand over $150...
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In this 2018 photo, a Twin Otter aircraft flies over New York Harbor and New York City on a research mission. In older Eastern US cities, nine times as much natural gas is leaking out of pipelines, homes than federal government had thought. NOAA's airplane sees much more methane coming out of New York City, Washington, Boston, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Providence than EPA had figured. Scientists said Monday, July 22, 2019, it isn’t a safety problem, but it is a climate change issue. Fixing those leaks can help in the fight against global warming. (Eric Kort/University of Michigan via AP)
July 22, 2019 - 5:26 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Older U.S. east coast cities are leaking nine times as much natural gas into the air — from homes or pipes heading into houses — than the federal government had thought, a new airborne monitoring study finds. It's probably not a safety problem because what's coming out doesn't...
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FILE - These undated file photos released by the Weber County Sheriff's Office show Jacob Kingston, left, and Isaiah Kingston. Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group are pleading guilty to charges filed in a $511 million tax credit scheme. Court documents made public on Friday, July 19, 2019, show Jacob Kingston and Isaiah Kingston with the company Washakie Renewable Energy have pleaded guilty to charges including money laundering, mail fraud and conspiracy. (Weber County Sheriff's Office via AP, File)
July 19, 2019 - 7:06 pm
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Two executives of a Salt Lake City biodiesel company linked to a polygamous group have pleaded guilty to charges filed in what prosecutors have called a $511 million tax credit scheme, according to documents made public Friday. Washakie Renewable Energy once described itself...
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Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg takes part in the school strike demonstration Fridays for future in Berlin, Germany, July 19, 2019. (Paul Zinken/dpa via AP)
July 19, 2019 - 8:12 am
BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel defended her government's efforts to combat climate change on Friday, promising that her Cabinet will make "decisive" moves in September. As Swedish teen activist Greta Thunberg joined thousands of young protesters in Berlin to urge policymakers to...
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FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2017, file photo, a rooftop is covered with solar panels at the Brooklyn Navy Yard in New York. The Manhattan skyline is at top. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to drive dramatic changes over the next 30 years. It calls for all the state's electricity to come from renewable, carbon-free sources such as solar, wind and hydropower. Transportation and building heating systems would also run on clean electricity rather than oil and gas. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
July 18, 2019 - 4:46 pm
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Solar panels on every roof. Parking meters that double as car chargers. Wind turbines towering above farm fields and ocean waves. A new law signed Thursday by New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo sets the nation's most aggressive targets for reducing carbon emissions and is intended to...
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FILE - In this March 22, 2019 file photo, the construction site of Vogtle Units 4 at the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant is seen, Friday, March 22, 2019 in Waynesboro, Ga. It’s not just cutbacks in nuclear plant inspections. Nuclear plant regulators are planning fewer mock commando raids to test plant defenses against terrorist attacks and are considering minimizing some safety warning, part of the rollbacks sought by the industry and gaining traction under President Donald Trump. (Hyosub Shin/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via AP)
July 17, 2019 - 4:48 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Fewer mock commando raids to test nuclear power plants' defenses against terrorist attacks. Fewer, smaller government inspections for plant safety issues. Less notice to the public and to state governors when problems arise. They're part of the money-saving rollbacks sought by the...
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July 14, 2019 - 6:49 pm
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California regulators say Chevron has not done enough to stop a massive oil spill that dumped about 800,000 gallons of crude oil and water into a Kern County canyon, and they want the company to take further action to halt the flow. The seep out of the ground where Chevron...
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In this May 10, 2019 photo provided by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response, oil flows at a Chevron oil field in Kern County, Calif. Nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water has seeped from the ground since May. Chevron and California officials say the spill is not near any waterway and has not significantly affected wildlife. (California Deptartment of Fish and Wildlife's Office of Spill Prevention and Response via AP)
July 12, 2019 - 8:54 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Officials began to clean up a massive oil spill Friday that dumped nearly 800,000 gallons of oil and water into a California canyon, making it larger — if less devastating — than the state's last two major oil spills. The newly revealed spill has been flowing off and on...
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File---Picture taken Oct.31, 2018 shows cars queuing in a traffic jam when commuting to Frankfurt, Germany. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
July 12, 2019 - 8:31 am
BERLIN (AP) — A panel of economists advising the German government is recommending that the country should put a price on carbon emissions if it wants to meet its targets for reducing the amount of greenhouse gases being released into the atmosphere. In a report delivered Friday to German...
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FILE - In this Sept. 24, 2018, file photo, from left, Cal/EPA Secretary Matthew Rodriguez, California Air Resources Board Chair Mary Nichols and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra talk to the media in Fresno, Calif. Nichols says she’s not optimistic about striking a compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, resolving a bitter standoff threatening to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. (AP Photo/Gary Kazanjian, File)
July 09, 2019 - 6:58 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — California's air pollution control boss says she's open to compromise with the Trump administration over its efforts to relax mileage standards, as the bitter standoff threatens to unleash years of court fights and confusion in the U.S. auto industry. Five months after President...
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