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Climate bill's unlikely beneficiary: US oil and gas industry

Aug. 18, 2022 11:54 AM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The U.S. oil industry hit a legal roadblock in January when a judge struck down a $192 million oil and natural gas lease sale in the Gulf of Mexico over future global warming emissions from burning the fuels. It came at a pivotal time for Chevron, Exxon and other industry...

Ruling clears Biden's 2021 pause on new oil, gas leases

Aug. 17, 2022 18:27 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A judge’s order that forced the Biden administration to resume sales of oil and gas leases on federal land and waters was vacated Wednesday by a federal appeals court in New Orleans. It was at least a temporary victory for President Joe Biden but the immediate...

Scientists say new climate law is likely to reduce warming

Aug. 16, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Massive incentives for clean energy in the U.S. law signed Tuesday by President Joe Biden should reduce future global warming “not a lot, but not insignificantly either,” according to a climate scientist who led an independent analysis of the package. Even...

Inflation Reduction Act may have little impact on inflation

Aug. 16, 2022 16:11 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — With inflation raging near its highest level in four decades, President Joe Biden on Tuesday signed into law his landmark Inflation Reduction Act. Its title raises a tantalizing question: Will the measure actually tame the price spikes that have inflicted hardships on American...

Germans face higher bills as tax aids natural gas importers

Aug. 15, 2022 10:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germans are facing a new tax on natural gas use that could cost the average household several hundred euros a year and is aimed at rescuing importers slammed by Russian cutbacks tied to the war in Ukraine. An association of gas pipeline operators on Monday set the...

Myanmar executions revive pressure for more sanctions

Aug. 15, 2022 09:02 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Recent executions of four democracy activists in Myanmar have reenergized efforts to get the United States and other countries to impose further sanctions against military leaders who ousted an elected government early last year. Human rights advocates and comments...

2 radiation incidents investigated at Salem Health

Aug. 13, 2022 13:15 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission has issued two “event notifications” for incidents involving Salem Hospital’s radiation oncology department earlier this year. One incident involved hospital employees, while the other involved patients. Investigations...

Pipeline break spills 45,000 gallons of diesel in Wyoming

Aug. 12, 2022 19:28 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — A diesel pipeline in Wyoming owned by a company that's being sued by federal prosecutors over previous spills in two other states cracked open and released more than 45,000 gallons (205,000 liters) of fuel, state regulators and a company representative disclosed Friday. ...

California governor proposes extending nuclear plant's life

Aug. 12, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed extending the life of the state’s last operating nuclear power plant by five to 10 years to maintain reliable power supplies in the climate change era. The proposal to keep the Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant...

Senate climate bill has West Virginia written all over it

Aug. 12, 2022 13:08 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The sprawling economic package passed by the U.S. Senate this week has a certain West Virginia flavor. The package, passed with no Republican votes, could be read largely as an effort to help West Virginia look to the future without turning away entirely...