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California’s greenhouse gas emissions rose slightly in 2018

Oct. 19, 2020 11:29 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Greenhouse gas emissions in California increased slightly in 2018 due largely to lower hydroelectric power use, according to a newspaper report Monday. The state Air Resources Board said California emitted the equivalent of 425 million metric tons of carbon dioxide in 2018...

US awards $1.4 billion to help build small reactors in Idaho

Oct. 16, 2020 4:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy on Friday awarded a Utah energy cooperative about $1.4 billion to help build a dozen small nuclear reactors in eastern Idaho. The money spread over 10 years will pay for one-time costs Utah Associated Municipal Power Systems has in developing and building...

FILE  - In this Aug. 7, 2019, photo, the Kingston Fossil Plant stands near a waterway in Kingston, Tenn. The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday, Oct. 16, 2020.  In 2008, the six-story-tall dike on a massive coal ash pond at the Tennessee plant collapsed, releasing more than a billion gallons of coal ash into the Swan Pond community. It remains the largest industrial spill in modern U.S. history and prompted the 2015 regulations that were intended to increase oversight of the industry. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

EPA letting some hazardous coal ash ponds stay open longer

Oct. 16, 2020 4:37 PM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Trump administration will let some leaking or otherwise dangerous coal ash storage ponds stay in operation for years more and some unlined ponds stay open indefinitely under a rule change announced Friday. The move by the Environmental Protection Agency is the administration's...

President Donald Trump speaks during an NBC News Town Hall with moderator Savannah Guthrie, at Perez Art Museum Miami, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in Miami. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Trump, Biden go at it — from a distance — in town halls

Oct. 15, 2020 11:40 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden squared off, in a way, Thursday night in dueling televised town halls that showcased striking differences in temperament, views on racial justice and approaches to a pandemic that has reshaped the nation. Coming just two and a half weeks...

This Nov. 15, 2012 photo shows the remnants of an oceanfront building in Sea Bright N.J. that was destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. On Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, New Jersey officials released a report committing the state to try to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 80% by the year 2050 to help fight climate change and rising sea levels. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

Electric cars, homes and shops: NJ's clean energy future?

Oct. 15, 2020 5:41 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY,N.J. (AP) — Gasoline-powered vehicles would become a thing of the past, and nine out of every 10 buildings in New Jersey would be heated and cooled by electricity instead of natural gas or oil, under an ambitious plan laid out Thursday by the state's environmental regulators. It is an effort...

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Shaheen, Messner spar over virus response, court nominee

Oct. 15, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen and her Republican challenger Corky Messner clashed in a debate Wednesday over how best to address the economic challenges brought on by the coronavirus. Shaheen, the first woman in U.S. history to serve as both governor and U.S. senator, is pushing for a more ambitious federal aid...

New Mexico utility, tribe to break ground on solar farm

Oct. 15, 2020 1:43 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest electric utility is breaking ground on a 50-megawatt solar field that will provide power to Western New Mexico University, the city of Albuquerque and other large users that have signed on to a new program officials hope will serve as a model for...

President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally at Des Moines International Airport, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

'A little bit concerned': Trump looks to boost Iowa support

Oct. 14, 2020 8:32 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — President Donald Trump on Wednesday sought to shore up support from constituencies that not so long ago he thought he had in the bag: big business and voters in the red state of Iowa. In a morning address to business leaders, he expressed puzzlement that they would even consider...

FILE - This Nov. 29, 2018, file photo, shows the Transient Test Reactor at the Idaho National Laboratory about 50 miles west of Idaho Falls, in eastern Idaho. The chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission says the resurgence of interest in nuclear power as a clean energy source can be boosted by emphasizing how it will help a wide range of humanity. Kristine Svinicki on Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020, told an Idaho governor's advisory group that non-traditional nuclear energy backers could be drawn to the idea if it's made clear how nuclear energy can combat global poverty and help advance opportunities for women. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

US official: Nuclear energy can attract more supporters

Oct. 14, 2020 5:25 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — The resurgence of interest in nuclear power as a clean energy source could be boosted by emphasizing how it would help humanity, the chairwoman of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Wednesday. Kristine Svinicki told an Idaho governor’s advisory group that non-traditional...

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers a statement at EU headquarters in Brussels, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen announced plans for a new European Bauhaus project, as the EU announces a major building renovation project seeking to cut down energy costs and polluting emissions while providing a big boost to the construction industry. (Yves Herman, Pool via AP)

EU to tackle methane gases, boost energy efficiency

Oct. 14, 2020 8:44 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union unveiled Wednesday new plans to help slow down global warming, including a strategy to tackle highly polluting methane gas emissions and a plan to renovate millions of old buildings around the 27-nation bloc to make them more energy efficient. The EU’s executive...