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Republicans aim again to block governor's climate strategy

Jun. 14, 2021 18:21 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Republicans who control Pennsylvania's Legislature are reprising a fight from last year, passing legislation Monday to require Gov. Tom Wolf to go through them if he wants to impose a price on greenhouse gas emissions from power plants. The bill...

Utility's green energy plan fuels debate in Kansas, Missouri

Jun. 14, 2021 15:14 PM EDT

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' largest electric company expects to make its first big investments in solar energy over the next three years and promises zero net carbon emissions in 2045. Environmentalists don’t think Evergy is moving quickly enough. Conversely, other...

Advocates work toward new southern Nevada national monument

Jun. 14, 2021 13:15 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Advocates in southern Nevada are building momentum toward setting aside a wide desert area rich with biological diversity and Native American cultural significance for permanent environmental protection. The site would be called Avi Kwa Ame National...

G-7 leaders agree on vaccines, China and taxing corporations

Jun. 13, 2021 13:21 PM EDT

CARBIS BAY, England (AP) — Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations staked their claim Sunday to leading the world out of the coronavirus pandemic and crisis, pledging more than 1 billion coronavirus vaccine doses to poorer nations, vowing to help developing countries grow while...

New Mexico rules could lead to big changes in oil industry

Jun. 12, 2021 10:33 AM EDT

HOBBS, N.M. (AP) — So how does New Mexico’s new regulations on methane emission reduction affect Lea County? Energy experts and elected officials tell the Hobbs News-Sun the damage could be drastic. The state Oil Conservation Division issued new...

Go green or go bipartisan? Biden's big infrastructure choice

Jun. 12, 2021 00:33 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden’s hopes of channeling billions of dollars into green infrastructure investments to fight climate change are running into the political obstacle of winning over Republican lawmakers who oppose that approach as unnecessary, excessive spending. ...

Judge tosses suit seeking end to Delaware River drilling ban

Jun. 11, 2021 17:12 PM EDT

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A federal judge on Friday threw out a lawsuit by Republican state lawmakers in Pennsylvania that sought to overturn a ban on gas drilling and hydraulic fracturing in the Delaware River basin, ruling they lacked standing to sue. Senate Republicans led...

Company drops plan for $2.3B methanol plant in Washington

Jun. 11, 2021 16:46 PM EDT

SEATTLE (AP) — A company backed by the Chinese government on Friday ended its seven-year effort to build one of the world’s largest methanol plants along the Columbia River in southwestern Washington, following a series of regulatory setbacks and a long debate over its environmental...

Energy Secretary says US wants 'responsible' lithium mining

Jun. 10, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

NORTH LAS VEGAS (AP) — Secretary of Energy Jennifer Granholm said the Biden administration wants to see lithium needed for electric cars to be mined “in a responsible way" that respects the environment and Native American tribes. Granholm said during a visit to...

Fight over Canadian oil rages on after pipeline's demise

Jun. 10, 2021 19:17 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Keystone XL is dead after a 12-year attempt to build the oil pipeline, yet the fight over Canadian crude rages on as emboldened environmentalists target other projects and pressure President Joe Biden to intervene — all while oil imports from the north keep...