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Dairyland to close coal-fired Genoa plant, lay off 80

Jan. 23, 2020 6:40 PM EST

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) — Dairyland Power Cooperative plans to close its coal-fired station in Genoa by the end of 2021. The La Crosse-based utility announced the decision Thursday. The move will end 50 years of continuous operation at the site and put about 80 employees of the 345-megawatt station out of...

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...

Pennsylvania high court upholds old precedent in fracking

Jan. 23, 2020 2:28 PM EST

PITTSBURGH, Pa. (AP) — The Pennsylvania Supreme Court has ruled to uphold a legal principle that allows drillers to drain oil and natural gas from outside their property lines. The court overturned a 2018 decision by the lower Superior Court on Wednesday that said the “rule of capture" does not...

FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2020, file photo wind turbines stand on a hill and are surrounded by fog and clouds in the Taunus region near Frankfurt, Germany. Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Why that green fund you bought might include a coal miner

Jan. 23, 2020 2:06 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Environmentally conscious investing received a lot of attention last week after the world’s largest asset manager said it plans to put climate change and sustainability at the center of its investment approach. The decision by BlackRock Inc. should create more investment...

Secretary of Treasury, Steven Mnuchin, at podium, speaks as U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, back second from right and President Donald Trump, right, listen during a signing ceremony for

'Who is she?' - US Treasury chief takes swipe at Thunberg

Jan. 23, 2020 11:05 AM EST

DAVOS, Switzerland (AP) — As an executive producer of the last Mad Max movie, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin might have been interested in the apocalyptic climate warnings of Greta Thunberg. Instead, he took a personal swipe at the 17-year-old, saying she was in no position to give advice on...

Appeals court upholds Norway licenses for Arctic drilling

Jan. 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Norwegian government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a second blow to environmental groups that had sued against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court upheld a ruling that acquitted the government of...

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...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...

Federal court hears arguments on oil, gas lease in Montana

Jan. 22, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An oil-drilling lease dispute has continued in federal court over whether to cancel the lease near Glacier National Park in Montana on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet tribe. The U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday from lawyers for leaseholder Solenex LLC and...