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Indianapolis program boosting low-income solar power access

Dec. 15, 2019 10:35 AM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A new program is starting that aims to have the homes of up to 20 low and middle-income Indianapolis families running on solar power free of charge by the end of 2020. The program, a partnership between the city of Indianapolis and the national nonprofit Solar United Neighbors, will...

Dismissal of Ohio lawsuit against pipeline company is upheld

Dec. 14, 2019 1:20 PM EST

CLEVELAND (AP) — An Ohio appeals court this week upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by the state against the builders of a natural gas pipeline over spills of drilling fluid into wetlands during construction in 2017. A three-judge panel for the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Canton said the Ohio...

New Hampshire gets funding for renewable energy projects

Dec. 14, 2019 12:01 PM EST

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — New Hampshire's Democratic congressional delegation has announced nearly $600,000 for a range of renewable energy projects. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan and Reps. Annie Kuster and Chris Pappas said the state will receive $577,276 in federal funding from the U.S. Department...

Oil and gas another piece in New Mexico’s water puzzle

Dec. 14, 2019 10:45 AM EST

LOVING, N.M. (AP) — Craig Ogden has farmed alfalfa and cotton in southeastern New Mexico for nearly three decades, and he’s seen the acreage used for farming dwindle as neighbors seize lucrative offers from the oil and gas industry. The northern border of his property teems with oil wells drilled in...

DA won't file charges against pipeline protesters

Dec. 13, 2019 9:21 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A prosecutor in Oregon has declined to file charges against 21 protesters who were arrested during a sit-in at the governor's office last month as they protested a planned natural gas pipeline and marine terminal, a spokeswoman said Friday. The office of Marion County District Attorney...

AP FACT CHECK: Bloomberg says he's killing coal. He's not

Dec. 13, 2019 1:29 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Democratic presidential contender Michael Bloomberg broadly, repeatedly — and wrongly — took a huge amount of credit Friday for driving the U.S. coal industry to its knees. The U.S. coal industry’s plunge is largely due to market forces, above all drops in prices of...

EU leaders include nuclear energy in green transition

Dec. 13, 2019 11:00 AM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union leaders agreed Friday that nuclear energy will be part of the bloc's solution to making its economy carbon neutral by 2050, allowing them to win the support of two coal-dependent countries. EU heads of state and government agreed that nuclear energy will be recognized as a...

Bloomberg plan to reduce carbon emissions by 50% in 10 years

Dec. 13, 2019 10:41 AM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg on Friday unveiled a broad plan to eliminate all coal power plants and slow the expansion of the natural gas sector as part of a policy to fight climate change that he says would cut carbon emissions across the U.S. economy by 50% over the...

Obama says Paris climate deal is still the way forward

Dec. 13, 2019 6:28 AM EST

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia (AP) — Former U.S. President Barack Obama said Friday the Paris Agreement on climate change may fall short of expectations but is still the way forward to achieve progress and encourage businesses to invest in clean energy. Nearly 200 nations pledged to cut greenhouse emissions and...

EU leaders break stalemate over climate target, claim deal

Dec. 12, 2019 9:09 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — EU leaders broke a deadlock early Friday and claimed a deal over a key climate target by committing to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, sidestepping the objections of Poland, one of the blocs biggest economies. Two days after the EU's new commission chief unveiled her “European...