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Court leaves dwindling paths for Biden's climate mission

Jul. 01, 2022 00:13 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 500 days into his presidency, Joe Biden's hope for saving the Earth from the most devastating effects of climate change may not be dead. But it's not far from it. A Supreme Court ruling Thursday not only limited the Environmental...

California sets nation's toughest plastics reduction rules

Jun. 30, 2022 20:54 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Companies selling shampoo, food and other products wrapped in plastic have a decade to cut down on their use of the polluting material if they want their wares on California store shelves. Major legislation passed and signed by Gov. Gavin Newsom on...

Jackson sworn in, becomes 1st Black woman on Supreme Court

Jun. 30, 2022 20:51 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in to the Supreme Court on Thursday, shattering a glass ceiling as the first Black woman on the nation’s highest court. The 51-year-old Jackson is the court’s 116th justice, and she took the place of the justice she once worked...

EPA: Maine superfund site to receive $21M for cleanup

Jun. 30, 2022 18:39 PM EDT

BROOKSVILLE, Maine (AP) — A Maine superfund mining site is receiving $21 million in Environmental Protection Agency funding to expedite contamination cleanup efforts. The Callahan Mine superfund site in Brooksville originally received $9 million from the bipartisan federal...

Supreme Court decision may slow transition to cleaner energy

Jun. 30, 2022 18:29 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — The Supreme Court ruling limiting the Environmental Protection Agency’s authority to regulate greenhouse gas emissions from power plants could have far-reaching consequences for the energy sector — and make it harder for the Biden administration to meet its goal of having the...

EXPLAINER: Why Court's EPA-climate change ruling matters

Jun. 30, 2022 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court's climate change ruling on Thursday is likely to hinder President Joe Biden's plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions in half by the end of the decade and to make the U.S. a global leader again in the fight to slow global warming. In its decision,...

Customer rates fuel debate around New Mexico power plant

Jun. 30, 2022 17:44 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — With little ceremony, it was lights out Thursday for one of the two remaining units at a coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico that has provided electricity for millions of customers in the southwestern U.S. for nearly a half-century. Unit 1 at...

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said...

Biden notched gains at summit; returns to turmoil at home

Jun. 30, 2022 16:47 PM EDT

MADRID (AP) — The dissonant realities of President Joe Biden’s second year in office were on display Thursday as he wound up a five-day trip to Europe that highlighted both the key U.S. role in mounting a strong allied response to Vladimir Putin’s aggression and the domestic turmoil that is...

Washington governor slams ruling on power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 16:16 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday that the U.S. Supreme Court “took a wrecking ball” to the ability of the federal government to limit pollution and said that states must redouble their efforts to address climate change. With a 6-3 vote, the court...