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FILE - In this Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2013 file photo, cars and trucks stand in traffic queues on the German Autobahn A2 at Gelsenkirchen, Germany. Germany's biggest car club said Friday, Jan. 24, 2020 it is shifting its position on the introduction of a general speed limit on the Autobahn to “neutral.” Currently, about 70% of Germany's highway network has no speed limit. (AP Photo/Martin Meissner, file)

Powerful German auto club drops hard line on speed limit

Jan. 24, 2020 7:34 AM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Germany's biggest car club said Friday it is shifting its position on the introduction of a general speed limit on the Autobahn to “neutral.” The ADAC, which counts about one in four Germans among its members, said it would refrain from making any recommendations “until...

FILE - In this Tuesday, June 28, 2016, file photo, a customer puts gas in their vehicle in Miami. Fuel economy standards for new vehicles would rise a little in a new Trump administration proposal made public Thursday, Jan. 23, 2020 but still fall far short of Obama-era standards, bringing howls of protest from environmental groups and a key Democratic senator.(AP Photo/Alan Diaz, File)

Trump ups mileage proposal slightly over Obama standard

Jan. 23, 2020 6:24 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is making a concession on its proposed minimum fuel economy requirement for new vehicles, but environmental groups and a key Democratic senator complain it does not go far enough, and still falls well below the requirements set under the Obama administration. Fuel...

Senate bills would dramatically cut greenhouse gas emissions

Jan. 23, 2020 4:00 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — The Massachusetts Senate unveiled bills Thursday that Democratic leaders say will help dramatically reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions over the next few decades. The transitioning of cars, trucks and buses to carbon-free electric power and the jump-starting of efforts to supply...

Hearing held to discuss climate action bill

Jan. 23, 2020 12:00 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A New Hampshire House committee has held the first hearing for a bill to create a plan to reduce emissions statewide. The House Science, Technology and Energy Committee met to discuss how the state could lower greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 to 80% below the levels of 1990, New...

UofL researcher wins national grant for green energy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:33 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A researcher at the University of Louisville is receiving a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for renewable energy research. Joshua Spurgeon does his research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He focuses on the...

Vanderbilt University reaches deal on renewable energy push

Jan. 22, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced a renewable energy deal Wednesday aimed at offsetting a portion of the school's greenhouse gas emissions. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce the...

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, center, delivers his state of the state address in the House Chamber as Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, behind left, and Senate President Karen Spilka, right, look on, Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, at the Statehouse in Boston. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Massachusetts governor releases $44.6B state budget proposal

Jan. 22, 2020 2:56 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — Gov. Charlie Baker released a $44.6 billion state budget proposal Wednesday that would tack on an extra fee for ride-hailing trips and modernize the way the state collects taxes. The spending plan for the 2021 fiscal year that begins July 1 would also create a new oversight board of the...

U.S. President Donald Trump and Ivanka Trump, right, arrive at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. The 50th annual meeting of the forum is taking place in Davos from Jan. 21 until Jan. 24, 2020. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)

The Latest: WTO chief says debate over trade rules will last

Jan. 22, 2020 1:31 PM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — The Latest on the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland (all times local): 7:25 p.m. The head of the World Trade Organization says an ongoing debate over special exemptions granted to China and India because they are still considered developing countries “is not going...

New Hampshire warns of poor air quality until Saturday

Jan. 22, 2020 12:57 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H (AP) — New Hampshire could see poor air quality through Saturday as a result of lower temperatures, calm conditions and pollution, state environmental officials said Wednesday. The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services is advising that children, older adults and people with...

Colorado energy company to pay $3.5M in air pollution case

Jan. 22, 2020 12:13 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Federal and state authorities reached a $3.5 million settlement with a Colorado energy company to resolve alleged violations of air quality laws, officials said. Denver-based oil and gas producer KP Kauffman Company Inc. has agreed to pay $1 million and spend $2.5 million more improving...