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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, June 26, 2020. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Dem climate plan would end greenhouse gas emissions by 2050

Jun. 30, 2020 5:56 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled a plan to address climate change that would set a goal of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050, while pushing renewable energy such as wind and solar power and addressing environmental contamination that disproportionately harms low-income and...

The Citroen e-C4 all electric hatchback is display during a media presentation in Paris, Tuesday, June 30, 2020. PSA Group's Citroen Brand is showing off a new version of its C4 compact hatchback, a model that will be key to the company's sales prospects as it faces a highly competitive European car market that faces severe headwinds from the coronavirus. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Citroen unveils new hatchback as virus pushes event online

Jun. 30, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — PSA Group unveiled one of its most important new models Tuesday with 20 people physically present and 2,600 watching online - a marketing configuration that the coronavirus seems likely to accelerate across the industry now that next year's Geneva auto show was cancelled. The...

Nevada to consider mandate on more electric car offerings

Jun. 22, 2020 2:46 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada will consider adopting new regulations to require a larger percentage of cars sold in the state be electric, Gov. Steve Sisolak announced Monday. Sisolak's "Clean Cars Nevada" initiative would mandate that 6-8% of vehicles automobile dealers offer for sale be electric by...

Activists criticize Vectren plan to keep 1 coal-fired plant

Jun. 20, 2020 9:21 AM EDT

EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A utility that serves about 145,000 customers in southwestern Indiana plans to close three coal-fired power plants while adding solar and wind power as part of a larger proposal that environmental groups are criticizing because it would keep one coal power plant in operation....

Air pollution reduced amid pandemic in Washington state

Jun. 18, 2020 5:02 PM EDT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Reduced traffic and work commutes have likely lowered nitrogen dioxide pollution and improved people's quality of life during the COVID-19 pandemic, Washington state experts said. “Certainly commuting is a big way we spend our time and burn fossil fuels,” said Kristi...

Monsignor Paul Richard Gallagher speaks during a press conference to present a document on the 5th anniversary of Pope Francis' encyclical

Vatican: Climate change efforts go forward even without US

Jun. 18, 2020 1:02 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican stressed Thursday that the movement to combat climate change is unstoppable and worldwide, although it said it would welcome a U.S. return to the Paris agreement. The Holy See’s foreign minister, Monsignor Paul Gallagher, at a news conference marking five years since...

Colorado coal plant to close in move to reduce carbon energy

Jun. 17, 2020 9:20 PM EDT

FORT COLLINS, Colo. (AP) — A Colorado coal plant is expected to close in a decade as part of an effort to significantly reduce carbon emissions. The Platte River Power Authority plans to close the Rawhide coal plant in 2030, paving the way for coal-free electricity for Fort Collins, Loveland, Longmont, and...

Vermont gets funding for electric public transit vehicles

Jun. 13, 2020 12:08 PM EDT

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont has been awarded nearly $800,000 in federal funds to buy four more electric public transit vehicles. Gov. Phil Scott and the Agency of Transportation said this week that the funding from the Federal Transit Administration will cover 80% of the cost of the four vehicles,...

Illinois utility plans to close largest coal-fired generator

Jun. 13, 2020 11:33 AM EDT

MARION, Ill. (AP) — The Southern Illinois Power Cooperative plans to shutter its largest coal-fired generator this fall, which is expected to save it $125 million over a decade but cost 26 workers their jobs. President and CEO Don Gulley said the tentative decision to close Unit 4, as it is known, was...

FILE - In this June 18, 2019 file photo, an Airbus A330 performs a demonstration flight at Paris Air Show, in Le Bourget, north east of Paris. France's government has announced 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) in aid for the virus-battered aerospace industry, including plane maker Airbus and national airline Air France. (AP Photo/ Francois Mori, File)

France announces $16.9 billion in aid for aviation industry

Jun. 9, 2020 3:14 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — France’s government is pumping 15 billion euros ($16.9 billion) in rescue money into the pandemic-battered aerospace industry, in hopes of saving its hundreds of thousands of jobs and keeping plane maker Airbus and national airline Air France globally competitive. In exchange for aid,...