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White House ends California talks on mileage dispute

Feb. 21, 2019 8:27 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration on Thursday broke off talks on vehicle mileage standards with California, increasing the chances of a court battle that threatens to unsettle the auto industry. The White House, which has proposed freezing the standards, said it would now move unilaterally to...

Environmental justice issues focus of town hall

Feb. 21, 2019 8:03 PM EST

HAYNEVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore and the Rev. William Barber II, co-chair of the national Poor People's Campaign, held a town hall in Alabama to spotlight environmental justice issues. The two on Thursday toured a Lowndes County neighborhood where residents say the sewage system...

Bill allows state to operate electric car charging stations

Feb. 21, 2019 4:24 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — State agencies would be able to operate charging stations for the growing number of electric vehicles on Virginia roads under legislation approved by the General Assembly on Thursday. HB 1934 would allow the Department of General Services, Department of Motor Vehicles and Virginia...

Maine governor adds boost to major power line project

Feb. 21, 2019 2:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Gov. Janet Mills is throwing her support behind a 145-mile transmission line across western Maine to supply Canadian hydropower to electricity consumers in Massachusetts, citing economic and environmental benefits under a sweetened proposal by Central Maine Power. The $1 billion New...

Thousands of protests submitted against New Mexico oil sale

Feb. 21, 2019 12:17 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Thousands of protests have been lodged with U.S. land managers in opposition of next month's oil and natural gas lease sale despite a decision to remove from the offering several parcels near a national park in northwestern New Mexico. Environmentalists say they turned in 33,000...

Commodities giant Glencore to cap coal output over climate

Feb. 20, 2019 10:33 PM EST

BERLIN (AP) — Commodities giant Glencore said Wednesday it will cap how much coal it mines amid shareholder pressure for it to help reduce global emissions of greenhouse gases. The move is a sharp reversal for a company that has long championed the extraction and burning of fossil fuels, and which recently...

Groups want offshore drilling tests to cease during lawsuit

Feb. 20, 2019 2:04 PM EST

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Conservation groups suing the Trump administration over plans to conduct offshore drilling tests asked a judge on Wednesday to halt preparatory work for the drilling until their case is heard in court. The motion filed in federal court in South Carolina seeks an injunction to stop...

Review: 'The Uninhabitable Earth' explores climate doomsday

Feb. 20, 2019 1:09 PM EST

"The Uninhabitable Earth: Life After Warming" (Tim Duggan Books), by David-Wallace-Wells. The science is clear: Massive fossil fuel use by humans is raising temperatures in the oceans and air, the seas are rising, and we aren't building nearly enough green energy to slow the process. But does preaching global...

Al Gore meets with residents fighting gas pipeline station

Feb. 19, 2019 8:20 PM EST

UNION HILL, Va. (AP) — Former Vice President Al Gore urged residents of a historic African-American community in Virginia on Tuesday to continue their fight against a plan to build a natural gas pipeline compressor station in their neighborhood. Gore and social justice advocate the Rev. William Barber II...

Eastern Oregon may be home to renewable energy project

Feb. 18, 2019 2:08 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland General Electric is making plans to build the nation's first large-scale renewable energy project that combines wind turbines, solar panels and battery storage, according to a news report. The Wheatridge Renewable Energy Facility will be built just north of Lexington, in...