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Minnesota governor rolls out plan to fight climate change

Sep. 16, 2022 18:15 PM EDT

EAGAN, Minn. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Tim Walz on Friday rolled out a framework for fighting climate change that shows his proposed direction on the environment if he wins a second term, a sweeping plan that would slash carbon emissions and speed the switchover to electric vehicles. ...

California governor signs sweeping climate legislation

Sep. 16, 2022 16:52 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a sweeping package of bills Friday to expand California's reliance on clean energy and reduce carbon emissions, moves he said further establish the state as a global climate leader. The new laws include proposals aimed at reducing...

Louisiana judge tosses permits for $9.4B plastics complex

Sep. 15, 2022 15:34 PM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana judge has thrown out air quality permits for a Taiwanese company’s planned $9.4 billion plastics complex between New Orleans and Baton Rouge, a rare win for environmentalists in a heavily industrialized stretch of the Mississippi River often referred to as...

NC utilities panel hears testimony over Duke Energy CO2 plan

Sep. 13, 2022 18:28 PM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina's electricity regulators began listening Tuesday to potentially weeks of testimony over proposals by Duke Energy Corp. subsidiaries on how to carry out a state law demanding greenhouse gas reductions in the next decade. In keeping with the...

Sustainable transportation forum set for November at UT

Sep. 12, 2022 04:04 AM EDT

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The University of Tennessee is hosting a sustainable transportation forum and an electric vehicle summit in November, and registration is now open, officials said. The Drive Electric Tennessee initiative will host the first DriveElectricTN Momentum Summit,...

Australia enshrines in law 43% greenhouse gas reduction aim

Sep. 08, 2022 03:17 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s Parliament on Thursday enshrined in law the government’s elevated target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 43% below 2005 levels by the end of the decade. The Senate passed legislation supporting the target in a vote of 37 to 30 even...

Editorial Roundup: North Carolina

Sep. 07, 2022 14:26 PM EDT

Greensboro News and Record. September 1, 2022. Editorial: Toyota recharges the Triad economy Frankly, it still isn’t much to look at. Most of what you’ll see at the site today are construction crews and equipment and vast swaths of Carolina red...

EPA denies Cheniere Energy request for LNG pollution waiver

Sep. 06, 2022 19:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday denied a request by Cheniere Energy, a leading U.S. producer of liquefied natural gas, to exempt two Gulf Coast plants from a federal air pollution rule. An EPA spokesman says the agency on Tuesday denied Cheniere’s...

Dutch farm minister resigns after protests over pollution

Sep. 06, 2022 05:31 AM EDT

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — The Dutch agriculture minister has unexpectedly resigned, telling reporters he wasn't the right person for the job following a tumultuous summer of protests by farmers over pollution regulations. Henk Staghouwer, who held the position for only nine...

17 states weigh adopting California's electric car mandate

Sep. 03, 2022 10:10 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Seventeen states with vehicle emission standards tied to rules established in California face weighty decisions on whether to follow that state's strictest-in-the nation new rules that require all new cars, pickups and SUVs to be electric or hydrogen powered by 2035. ...