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Western utility to quicken move away from coal-fired power

Oct. 3, 2019 5:59 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — A major Western utility said Thursday it plans to speed up its move away from coal-fired power and get more juice from the sun and wind. Citing financial incentives, Portland, Oregon-based PacifiCorp said it wants to reduce coal-fired generation by two-thirds by 2030 while pursuing a...

Big greenhouse gas emitter moves to join climate initiative

Oct. 3, 2019 4:16 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf took a step toward capping greenhouse gas emissions from power plants Thursday, part of an effort to fight climate change in a heavily populated and fossil fuel-rich state that has long been one of the nation's biggest polluters and power producers. Wolf, a...

TVA holds meetings to build public trust in coal ash storage

Sep. 24, 2019 10:13 PM EDT

GALLATIN, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Valley Authority has a three-pronged mission to promote energy, economic development and the environment. Now add to that rebuilding public trust. The New Deal-era public utility has taken a beating recently for a series of missteps surrounding its storage of coal ash....

The Latest: Biggest polluters did not make climate pledge

Sep. 23, 2019 9:08 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The Latest on the Climate Action Summit taking place at the United Nations (all times local): 8:50 p.m. The 77 nations committing to carbon neutrality by 2050 do not include the biggest carbon polluters — China, the United States, India, Russia and Japan. Most of the nations...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 5:04 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained of the last case, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she...

Idle mines portend dark days for top US coal region

Sep. 15, 2019 1:12 AM EDT

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — At two of the world's biggest coal mines, the finances got so bad that their owner couldn't even get toilet paper on credit. Warehouse technician Melissa Worden divvied up what remained, giving four rolls to each mine and two to the mine supply facility where she worked. Then mine...

Hospital closings hit hard on the edge of the Rust Belt

Sep. 8, 2019 11:49 AM EDT

WHEELING, W.Va. (AP) — Carrie Jones is looking for work for the first time in two decades. She's even more worried about what will happen to her psychiatric patients. "Where are they going to go?" Jones said. "We're honestly like their family." Jones is among nearly 1,100 employees being laid off at Ohio...

Union head: Climate plans must accommodate coal workers

Sep. 4, 2019 8:27 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential candidates seeking to address climate change must account for thousands of coal workers whose jobs are at risk because of mine closures and competition from cheaper natural gas, the head of the largest coal miners' union said Wednesday. Cecil Roberts, president of...

Politics of climate change put corporations in tough spot

Aug. 30, 2019 6:04 AM EDT

The polarizing politics of climate change have forced companies to choose between supporting the Trump administration's deregulation policies that could boost profits or opposing them to win over environmentally conscious consumers. That dynamic played out again Thursday when President Donald Trump's...

Cyprus aims for gas generated electricity by late 2021

Aug. 27, 2019 7:47 AM EDT

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — Cyprus is aiming to have infrastructure in place to generate electricity using natural gas by the end of 2021. Natural Gas Public Company Chairman Symeon Kassianides said Tuesday that Cyprus' Electricity Authority and three other licensed companies would generate power using gas. He...