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This photo taken Sept. 30, 2020, shows U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Andrew Wheeler during an appearance in Traverse City, Mich., where he announced an environmental justice grant for Detroit and pledged a more community-oriented focus in a second Trump administration. (AP Photo/John Flesher)

Trump tests limits as Cabinet members fan out to key states

Oct. 30, 2020 12:04 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos planned a “Moms for Trump” rally in her home state of Michigan. The Department of Homeland Security's top official was in Texas to celebrate completion of a section of the U.S.-Mexico border wall. The chief of the Environmental Protection...

Watchdog says USGS chief retaliated against whistleblower

Oct. 29, 2020 3:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the U.S. Geological Survey violated federal whistleblower-protection laws by reassigning an employee who lodged an official complaint against him, the Interior Department’s inspector general office said Thursday. After the whistleblower lodged the complaint, Geological...

Zug Island, a heavily industrialized island at the southern city limits of Detroit is seen, Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, in Detroit. The area in Southwest Detroit has been the subject of numerous air pollution and public health studies. The area has a refinery, a coal-fired power plant, steel mills and other industrial sites. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

Minority communities question election-year push by EPA

Oct. 25, 2020 10:00 AM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Theresa Landrum lives in southwest Detroit, where residents complain frequently about dirty air. Tree-shaded neighborhoods with schools, churches and parks lie on either side of an interstate highway and in the shadow of a sprawling oil refinery that belches soot and fumes....

People watch from their vehicle as President Donald Trump, on left of video screen, and Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speak during a Presidential Debate Watch Party at Fort Mason Center in San Francisco, Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020. The debate party was organized by Manny's, a San Francisco community meeting and learning place. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump and Biden in their last clash on stage

Oct. 24, 2020 7:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A more measured President Donald Trump does not necessarily mean a more truthful one. In the final debate of the presidential campaign, he was loose with facts on the crisis of the time — the pandemic — and much else. Trump did, though, exploit confusion sowed by Joe Biden...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden gestures while speaking during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden's warning on oil tests voter resolve on climate change

Oct. 24, 2020 12:06 AM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Joe Biden is confronting the harsh political realities of combating climate change. The Democratic presidential nominee has spent months touting a $2 trillion plan to boost investment in clean energy and stop all climate-damaging emissions from the U.S. economy by 2050. The plan...

Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden speaks during the second and final presidential debate Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020, at Belmont University in Nashville, Tenn., with President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Biden calls for 'transition' from oil, GOP sees opening

Oct. 23, 2020 3:20 PM EDT

Democrat Joe Biden's remark that he would “transition” away from oil in the U.S. in favor of renewable energy drew quick attention Thursday night from President Donald Trump, who saw it as a boon to his election chances in key states. “I would transition away from the oil industry, yes,"...

A field of sunflowers is within sight of the Mehrum coal-fired power station, wind turbines and high-voltage lines in Mehrum, Germany, Monday, Aug. 3, 2020. In the energy turnaround, energy sources such as coal are to be replaced by more environmentally friendly energy sources from the sun and wind. The phase-out of coal is planned by 2038 at the latest. (Julian Stratenschulte/dpa via AP)

AP FACT CHECK: Trump's skewed indictment of wind power

Oct. 23, 2020 2:35 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's dismissal of wind power as a glitchy, pricey, bird-slaughtering way to make electricity is out of step with the times. He slammed the technology in his debate with Democrat Joe Biden on Thursday night, falsely contending wind power is dirtier and far pricier than...

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...

Ann Grannan puts a flag on her car before a Ridin' With Biden event Sunday, Oct. 11, 2020, in Plano, Texas.   Democrats in Texas are pressing Joe Biden to make a harder run at Texas with less than three weeks until Election Day.  (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Impatient Democrats want Biden to do more in Texas

Oct. 16, 2020 12:21 PM EDT

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The whispers about Texas are picking up again. Polls are unusually tight. Political money is piling up. Millions of new voters are on the rolls, and Jill Biden flew in this week for an 800-mile campaign swing that stretched from El Paso to Houston. Taken together, all signs point...

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett testifies during the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Oct. 14, 2020. (Stefani Reynolds/Pool via AP)

Barrett deflects senators' questions on climate change

Oct. 14, 2020 7:35 PM EDT

Supreme Court nominee Amy Coney Barrett refused to say whether she accepts the science of climate change, saying she lacks the expertise to know for sure and calling it a topic too controversial to get into. On Wednesday, pressed at her confirmation hearing by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris of California, Barrett...