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Court: No new offshore drilling work during federal shutdown

Jan. 18, 2019 3:26 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — A federal judge in South Carolina has turned back the Trump administration's attempt to continue preparatory work for offshore drilling during the federal government's partial shutdown, issuing a ruling in a federal lawsuit challenging the overall expansion plans. In his order, U.S....

Swiss, German students protest inaction on climate change

Jan. 18, 2019 10:29 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Thousands of students held rallies Friday across Germany and Switzerland to protest the lack of action against climate change. The demonstrations in dozens of cities were inspired by student Greta Thunberg , who has been staging a weekly "school strike" in Sweden. Many used the Twitter...

Appeals court denies rehearing in Tennessee coal ash case

Jan. 17, 2019 7:02 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A federal appeals court won't rehear a case after a panel of its judges overturned an order that would've forced the nation's largest public utility to remove a Tennessee power plant's coal ash. The full 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday rejected environmental groups'...

US lawmaker opposes drilling permit work during shutdown

Jan. 16, 2019 7:32 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The oil and gas industry should not be spared the pain of the partial government shutdown, according to the chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee. Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) on Tuesday sent a letter to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objecting to...

Democrats hit Trump EPA nominee on coal lobbying, rollbacks

Jan. 16, 2019 5:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's nominee to lead the Environmental Protection Agency on Wednesday called climate change "a huge issue" but not the "greatest crisis" and drew fire from Democrats at his confirmation hearing over the regulatory rollbacks he's made in six months as the agency's...

California governor, lawmakers confront utility bankruptcy

Jan. 15, 2019 1:43 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The announcement by the nation's largest utility that it is filing for bankruptcy puts Pacific Gas & Electric Co.'s problems squarely in the hands of Gov. Gavin Newsom and state lawmakers, who now must try to keep ratepayer costs down, ensure wildfire victims get the...

Utility seeks bankruptcy protection over California fires

Jan. 14, 2019 8:49 PM EST

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The nation's largest utility said Monday it is filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy because it faces at least $30 billion in potential damages from lawsuits over the catastrophic wildfires in California in 2017 and 2018 that killed scores of people and destroyed thousands of homes. The...

Detroit show has SUVs, horsepower, but electric cars are few

Jan. 14, 2019 4:46 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — Automakers have promised to start selling hordes of electric cars in the next few years, but only two will be unveiled at the big Detroit auto show that kicks off this week — and those aren't even ready for production. Meanwhile, there will be plenty of SUVs and high-horsepower sports...

Hissing, shouts of 'shame' as pipeline station gets permit

Jan. 8, 2019 5:14 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A state board in Virginia approved a contentious plan Tuesday to build a natural gas pipeline station in a historic African-American community, prompting angry shouts of "shame" from more than 200 opponents. The State Air Pollution Control Board voted 4-0 in favor of a key permit for...

APNewsBreak: S. Carolina joins offshore drilling lawsuit

Jan. 7, 2019 3:59 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — South Carolina will join a federal lawsuit opposing the Trump administration's plans to conduct offshore drilling tests, becoming the latest coastal state to take legal action against the proposal. On Monday, Attorney General Alan Wilson told The Associated Press that he has...