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Biden pressed on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 00:26 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — When President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact not only on climate change efforts in the U.S. but...

India's electric vehicles face practical, technical hurdles

Apr. 18, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than...

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in N. Carolina

Apr. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An energy company has again underestimated the amount of gasoline that spilled from a crack in a pipeline running through a North Carolina nature preserve. The Colonial Pipeline Company issued a statement Friday saying it likely underestimated...

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration

Apr. 17, 2021 12:26 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government's first-ever official shortage declaration and...

Owner, builder of solar array fined for polluting brook

Apr. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey solar energy company and utility Eversource have agreed to pay up to $310,000 in state fines to Massachusetts for allegedly violating state environmental laws that led to pollution of a brook and other protected areas. The...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...

New facility to build offshore wind turbines comes to port

Apr. 15, 2021 11:10 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The developers of multiple offshore wind projects in the northeast will build a facility in the port of Providence to assemble the rigs for floating wind turbines. Orsted and Eversource are investing $24 million to build the facility with local...

Biden taps ex-Obama official as Interior Department deputy

Apr. 14, 2021 17:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House is naming Tommy Beaudreau, a former Obama administration official, to be deputy secretary at the Interior Department after dropping plans for a more liberal nominee who faced key Senate opposition. President Joe Biden on Wednesday...

Wetlands deregulation bill advances to Indiana governor

Apr. 14, 2021 17:20 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Lawmakers gave final approval Wednesday to a disputed bill seeking to remove protections from Indiana’s already diminished wetlands amid mounting criticism that the legislation could cause damage to the state’s waterways, wildlife and...

Groups take aim at New Mexico drilling plan amid US review

Apr. 14, 2021 17:08 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists and Native American activists on Wednesday renewed their demands for more meaningful talks with Indigenous leaders and other communities on the front lines of fossil fuel development as the Biden administration reviews the nation's oil and gas...