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Sponsors defend NC energy bill goals while Cooper pans it

Jun. 17, 2021 18:54 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Negotiators of a wide-ranging North Carolina energy bill to retire Duke Energy coal-fired electricity plants, expand solar power production and keep nuclear power defended their goals on Thursday despite current opposition to the measure from interest groups and Gov....

Plan to raze 4 dams on California-Oregon line clears hurdle

Jun. 17, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — A proposal to bring down four hydroelectric dams near the California-Oregon border cleared a major regulatory hurdle Thursday, setting the stage for the largest dam demolition project in U.S. history to save imperiled migratory salmon. The Federal...

Senate GOP hails new Interior deputy as 'voice of reason'

Jun. 17, 2021 17:57 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate easily confirmed former Obama administration official Tommy Beaudreau as deputy secretary at the Interior Department on Thursday, a rare bipartisan moment in an increasingly bitter fight over President Joe Biden's policies on energy production and climate...

Colorado governor signs big transportation bill into law

Jun. 17, 2021 17:26 PM EDT

EVERGREEN, Colo. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jared Polis has signed into law an ambitious transportation funding bill that addresses Colorado’s long-neglected highway infrastructure while promoting programs to wean residents from their gas-guzzling vehicles and reduce greenhouse gas emissions....

Company agrees to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations

Jun. 17, 2021 14:56 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Colorado company has agreed to settle alleged Clean Water Act violations stemming from the company’s oil production activities in North Dakota, federal officials said Thursday. As part of the settlement, Phoenix Petroleum LLC has agreed to pay...

California residents urged to conserve energy amid heat wave

Jun. 16, 2021 20:16 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The operator of California's power grid is asking residents to voluntarily conserve power for a few hours Thursday evening as record-breaking heat blankets the West this week. The California Independent System Operator issued a Flex Alert for...

US pledges funding to help Egypt move to solar power

Jun. 16, 2021 14:43 PM EDT

CAIRO (AP) — The United States is planning to increase funding to Egypt to help it convert to solar energy and move away from fossil fuels, U.S. special envoy for climate John Kerry said in Cairo on Wednesday. Egypt is “blessed to be the number one country in the...

Spain hopes to jumpstart electric car industry with EU funds

Jun. 16, 2021 11:51 AM EDT

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Daniel Sánchez is one of the luckier electric car owners in Spain. With a free recharging station less than a kilometer from his home just north of Barcelona, he can keep his Tesla ready to roll. “I cannot imagine stopping at a gas station...

China says nuclear fuel rods damaged, no radiation leak

Jun. 16, 2021 09:02 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A Chinese nuclear power plant near Hong Kong had five broken fuel rods in a reactor but no radioactivity leaked, the government said Wednesday in its first confirmation of the incident that prompted concern over the facility’s safety. Radiation rose...

Edmunds: How to pick the right axle ratio for your truck

Jun. 16, 2021 06:48 AM EDT

There are a number of design choices to consider when you’re shopping for a full-size pickup truck. Some are common elements such as bed length, cab size, engine and trim level. But there’s another less well-known purchase decision that’s also important if you plan on towing with your...