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California proposes to steer new homes from gas appliances

May. 08, 2021 21:37 PM EDT

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California’s energy policy and planning agency wants to transition new homes away from gas-powered appliances. The California Energy Commission released a draft building standards code on Thursday that would require new homes to be equipped with...

California agency approves warehouse rule for air quality

May. 07, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Southern California air quality regulators on Friday approved a rule that would curb diesel emissions from thousands of trucks that ferry goods from the growing number of massive warehouses in the region run by Amazon and other companies. Areas...

Ruling lets Minnesota move forward with 'clean car' rules

May. 07, 2021 17:18 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota regulators got a green light Friday to adopt new “clean car” rules without getting approval from the Legislature. A ruling from an administrative law judge allows the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency to move forward with its plan...

Electric-vehicle plant invests $75M, brings Joliet 745 jobs

May. 07, 2021 13:16 PM EDT

JOLIET, Ill. (AP) — A Canadian electric-vehicle maker will build its first U.S. manufacturing facility in Joliet to produce small trucks and heavier electric machinery, officials said Friday . Lion Electric Co. will invest at least $75 million in a plant that ultimately...

Carbon emissions from energy dropped 10% in the EU last year

May. 07, 2021 07:33 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuel combustion dropped 10% in the European Union last year amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to estimates from the EU's statistical office. Eurostat said in a statement Friday that emissions fell in all of the...

Red meat politics: GOP turns culture war into a food fight

May. 07, 2021 07:11 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Conservatives last week gobbled up a false news story claiming President Joe Biden planned to ration red meat. Colorado Rep. Rep. Lauren Boebert suggested Biden “stay out of my kitchen.” Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted out a headline warning Biden was getting...

Arizona utility regulators reject 100% clean energy rules

May. 06, 2021 20:34 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's utility regulators have rejected new rules that would have required most of the state's electricity providers to get 100% of their power from clean energy sources by 2050 to limit carbon emissions and address climate change. The 3-2 vote by the...

New Mexico proposes more rules to curb oil and gas emissions

May. 06, 2021 15:20 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Oilfield equipment that emits smog-causing pollution would be targeted by New Mexico environmental regulators under a proposed rule made public Thursday by the state Environment Department. The release of the proposal marks the next step in a...

Germany aims for net zero emissions by 2045, 5 years earlier

May. 05, 2021 15:12 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German officials proposed Wednesday that the country could bring forward the date for reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to “net zero” to 2045, after Germany’s top court ruled that existing plans place too much of the burden for curbing climate change on young people....

Climate groups question speed of Evergy's retreat from coal

May. 05, 2021 13:48 PM EDT

Scientists say that if we’re going to stop rising global temperatures, the world will need to greatly reduce the amount of carbon it’s emitting into the air. Electricity production is one of the largest culprits and transitioning away from fossil fuels is seen as a...