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Jobs are make-or-break argument for Biden in climate plan

Apr. 23, 2021 01:22 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is bringing out the billionaires, the CEOs and the union executives Friday to help sell President Joe Biden's climate-friendly transformation of the U.S. economy at a virtual summit of world leaders. The closing day of the two-day...

Biden taps Montana environmentalist for US public lands boss

Apr. 22, 2021 23:29 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — President Joe Biden has nominated a longtime environmental advocate and Democratic aide to oversee the vast expanses of federally owned land in Western states — the latest political appointment raising concerns among Republicans as Biden moves to curtail energy...

Mexican president pushes controversial reforestation plan

Apr. 22, 2021 19:28 PM EDT

KOPOMA, México (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador made a strong push Thursday for his oft-questioned tree-planting program, trying to get the United States on board to fund a massive expansion of the program into Central America as a way to stem migration. ...

Biden to restore California's power to set pollution rules

Apr. 22, 2021 19:14 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. Transportation Department is moving to reverse former President Donald Trump's bid to end California's ability to set its own automobile tailpipe pollution standards. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which is part of the DOT,...

World leaders pledge climate cooperation despite other rifts

Apr. 22, 2021 16:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The leaders of Russia and China put aside their raw-worded disputes with U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday long enough to pledge international cooperation on cutting climate-wrecking coal and petroleum emissions in a livestreamed summit showcasing America's return to...

Japan raises emissions reduction target to 46% by 2030

Apr. 22, 2021 08:59 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — Japan's prime minister announced on Thursday an ambitious new target for cutting greenhouse gas emissions, hours before he was to join a virtual climate summit hosted by U.S. President Joe Biden. Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga said Japan will strive by 2030...

Studies: Renewable electricity can slash Cascadia pollution

Apr. 22, 2021 01:40 AM EDT

New research shows that renewable electricity can move Washington, Oregon and British Columbia off of fossil fuels, do so at an affordable price, and create jobs along the way. After decades of disinformation from fossil fuel producers and utilities, this may sound like a...

Georgia Tech structure certified as 'living building'

Apr. 22, 2021 01:14 AM EDT

ATLANTA (AP) — It's not too often that tours of new buildings start with the toilets. But they're a big part of a different kind of building in Atlanta. And so, Shan Arora, who oversees Georgia Tech's Kendeda Building, troops visitors pretty quickly to a ground floor...

Michigan agency to include climate in tunnel permit review

Apr. 21, 2021 19:48 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — A Michigan agency delivered a split decision Wednesday in a high-stakes battle over a pipeline that carries oil beneath a channel that connects two of the Great Lakes. The Michigan Public Service Commission is considering Enbridge Inc.'s...

Editorial Roundup: US

Apr. 21, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: ___ April 21 The Buffalo News on climate change, Earth Day and President Joe Biden's environmental plan: The realities of climate change present...