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Solar bill passes Kentucky House, heads back to Senate

Feb. 15, 2019 5:30 PM EST

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — Lawmakers in coal-loving Kentucky have approved a bill that could make solar panels less lucrative for residential customers beyond 2020. The House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 100 on Friday in a 71-24 vote. It would let the Public Service Commission, a board appointed by the...

The Latest: Venezuela leader lambastes Trump-Duque meeting

Feb. 13, 2019 7:08 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — The latest on the political crisis in Venezuela (all times local): 8:05 p.m. Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro is calling a meeting between Donald Trump and Colombian leader Ivan Duque a "feast of hate against Venezuela." Trump and Duque met Wednesday in the Oval Office and said...

Guaido seeks to wrest control of Venezuela's oil company

Feb. 13, 2019 5:41 PM EST

CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — Venezuela's opposition-controlled National Assembly appointed a transitional board of directors for the state oil company Wednesday, in a bid by congress chief Juan Guaido to gain control of an industry that is the economic backbone of the country. Guaido, who declared himself...

EU tentative deal could affect Russia-Germany gas pipeline

Feb. 13, 2019 5:47 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union's main institutions have agreed on a tentative deal that will increase the bloc's role in managing a gas pipeline from Russia to Germany amid concerns about the region's dependence on Russian energy. The EU Commission said Wednesday that the agreement with the member...

Minnesota governor sides with environmentalists on pipeline

Feb. 12, 2019 3:03 PM EST

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz said Tuesday that his administration will keep pursuing an appeal of an independent regulatory commission's approval of Enbridge Energy's plan to replace its aging Line 3 crude oil pipeline across northern Minnesota, siding with environmental and tribal groups...

Spanish islands adopt ambitious law to fight climate change

Feb. 12, 2019 10:48 AM EST

MADRID (AP) — Spain's Balearic Islands have approved a local law that by 2050 aims to ban the use of fossil fuels and adopt renewable energy for all of the region's power needs, in what authorities claim is a pioneering step in Europe. The Climate Change and Energy Transition Law passed Tuesday on the...

Critics protest proposed drilling in Alaska's Arctic refuge

Feb. 11, 2019 10:12 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Protesters in Alaska urged federal officials to keep oil rigs out of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge despite a federal law requiring lease sales in the wilderness area. At a Bureau of Land Management environmental review hearing in Anchorage, Laura Herman urged that no drilling...

Cyprus, Egypt, Greece say gas search in sea won't be stopped

Feb. 11, 2019 1:56 PM EST

NICOSIA, Cyprus (AP) — The speaker of Egypt's parliament appeared to push back Monday at Turkey's opposition to offshore drilling operations that Turkey isn't part of, saying cooperation between Egypt, Cyprus and Greece sent a message to any countries that tried to stop them. Egypt's Ali Abdel-Aal didn't...

Congressmen press utility for answers on coal ash cleanup

Feb. 9, 2019 4:14 PM EST

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Two Tennessee congressmen wrote a letter to the head of the Tennessee Valley Authority on Thursday, seeking answers to questions about the cleanup of a massive coal ash spill. Allegations that the contractor TVA hired to handle the cleanup lied to workers and subverted safety...

Leader of new climate panel talks of need for 'bold action'

Feb. 9, 2019 8:14 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — It does not yet have office space, staff or even Republican members, but Florida Rep. Kathy Castor is confident that a special House committee on climate change will play a leading role on one of the most daunting challenges facing the planet. Castor, who chairs the new panel, says those...