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President Joe Biden speaks during the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021.(AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Biden puts U.S. back into fight to slow global warming

Jan. 20, 2021 10:57 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden returned the United States to the worldwide fight to slow global warming in one of his first official acts Wednesday and immediately launched a series of climate-friendly efforts that would transform how Americans drive and get their power. “A cry for survival...

FILE - In this Feb. 15, 2019, file photo, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra speaks at a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Becerra filed or joined at least nine lawsuits against the Trump administration on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021. The lawsuits were targeted at some of the Trump administration's roll backs of environmental regulations during the president's final weeks in office. Becerra, who has been nominated to lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services under President-elect Joe Biden, has filed well over 100 lawsuits against Trump since taking office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

Nine lawsuits by California mark Trump's final day in office

Jan. 19, 2021 8:57 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra sued the Trump administration nine times on Tuesday, a fitting send-off from a state known for its frequent feuds with the president over the environment and health care. Altogether, Becerra —- who is President-elect Joe...

Washington state nixes methanol plant meant to supply China

Jan. 19, 2021 7:59 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Officials in Washington state denied a key permit for a large proposed methanol plant Tuesday, saying the project that aims to send the chemical to China to be used in everything from fabrics and contact lenses to iPhones and medical equipment would pump out too much pollution. A...

Arizona renewable energy standards targeted by GOP lawmakers

Jan. 19, 2021 6:25 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — The Republican-controlled Arizona Legislature is moving to strip the state utility regulation commission of the power to require electric utilities to get a certain percentage of their power from renewable sources. Identical proposals in the House and Senate would stop the Arizona...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Federal court strikes down major Trump climate rollback

Jan. 19, 2021 5:50 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a last-minute slap at President Donald Trump, a federal appeals court struck down one of his administration’s most momentous climate rollbacks on Tuesday, saying officials acted illegally in issuing a new rule that eased federal regulation of air pollution from power plants. The...

Gas tax hike part of House Democrats' transportation plan

Jan. 19, 2021 4:59 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic leaders in the Washington state House on Tuesday unveiled a 16-year, $25.8 billion transportation package that includes an 18-cent increase in the gas tax and a new fee on carbon emissions. The Everett Herald reported that supporters have said the new revenue is needed to...

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021 file photo, California Gov. Gavin Newsom outlines his 2021-2022 state budget proposal during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif. Newsom sent president-elect Joe Biden a letter on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, outlining shared priorities and areas where the state can work together with the new Democratic administration. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, Pool, File)

Newsom sets new tone for California, White House partnership

Jan. 19, 2021 4:17 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — After four years of sparring with President Donald Trump, California is ready for a more productive, friendlier chapter with Democratic President-elect Joe Biden. Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom outlined his areas of agreement and places where he hopes to collaborate with the new...

A snowman, featuring a mask, is seen in Istanbul, Monday, Jan 18, 2021. Snow blanketed most of the Turkish metropolis of some 16 million that spans two continents, bridging Europe to Asia and the flurries are forecasted to continue throughout the day. (AP Photo/Emrah Gurel)

Freezing temps bring Europe traffic chaos, smog, avalanche

Jan. 18, 2021 1:01 PM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Extreme cold has hit large parts of Europe, with freezing temperatures cracking railroad tracks in Poland, snow blanketing the Turkish metropolis of Istanbul and smog spiking as more coal was being burned to generate heat. In Switzerland, a skier who had been buried by an avalanche...

Lawmakers seek amendment to ensure 'environmental rights'

Jan. 16, 2021 11:21 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two Democratic state senators are seeking to strengthen protections for the environment and natural resources through a joint resolution that seeks to amend the state constitution and bring New Mexico in line with numerous other states that already guarantee residents rights to...

Colorado unveils plan to cut air pollution by 90% by 2050

Jan. 15, 2021 7:47 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado officials unveiled a plan to cut heat-trapping air pollution in the state by 90% by 2050 in order to improve public health and reduce the effects of climate change. “This is an issue for all humanity and life on the planet,” Democratic Gov. Jared Polis said....