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Appeals court upholds Norway licenses for Arctic drilling

Jan. 23, 2020 6:27 AM EST

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — An appeals court ruled Thursday that the Norwegian government can hand out oil drilling licenses in the Arctic, dealing a second blow to environmental groups that had sued against further drilling in the Barents Sea. The court upheld a ruling that acquitted the government of...

UofL researcher wins national grant for green energy

Jan. 23, 2020 4:33 AM EST

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A researcher at the University of Louisville is receiving a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation for renewable energy research. Joshua Spurgeon does his research in the Conn Center for Renewable Energy Research in the J.B. Speed School of Engineering. He focuses on the...

FILE - In this Nov. 6, 2015 file photo, TC Energy's Keystone pipeline facility is seen in Hardisty, Alberta. The Trump administration is approving a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land. Federal officials told The Associated Press that Interior Secretary David Bernhardt would sign the approval for about 45 miles of the line's route Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020. It pushes the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction, but it still faces court challenges. The 1,200-mile pipeline would transport up to 830,000 barrels of crude oil daily from western Canada to U.S. refineries. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Trump administration approves Keystone pipeline on US land

Jan. 22, 2020 7:27 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Wednesday approved a right-of-way allowing the Keystone XL oil sands pipeline to be built across U.S. land, pushing the controversial $8 billion project closer to construction though court challenges still loom. The approval signed by Interior Secretary...

Federal court hears arguments on oil, gas lease in Montana

Jan. 22, 2020 6:57 PM EST

MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) — An oil-drilling lease dispute has continued in federal court over whether to cancel the lease near Glacier National Park in Montana on land considered sacred by the Blackfeet tribe. The U.S. Court of Appeals heard arguments Monday from lawyers for leaseholder Solenex LLC and...

Vanderbilt University reaches deal on renewable energy push

Jan. 22, 2020 6:53 PM EST

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University announced a renewable energy deal Wednesday aimed at offsetting a portion of the school's greenhouse gas emissions. The Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville Electric Service and Silicon Ranch are partnering with Vanderbilt on a 20-year agreement to reduce the...

Arizona Public Service chairman and CEO Jeff Guldner poses for a portrait Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020, in Phoenix. Arizona's largest electric utility announced that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, with a goal in 10 years of hitting the 65% mark. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Arizona's biggest utility vows all clean power by 2050

Jan. 22, 2020 6:33 PM EST

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric utility said Wednesday that it plans to switch to 100% carbon-neutral power generation by 2050, a sharp turnaround from a company that spent tens of millions of dollars two years ago to fight a ballot measure requiring it to use renewable sources. The move by...

Bill advances to pause Indiana coal power plant closings

Jan. 22, 2020 6:22 PM EST

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — A proposal aimed at making it more difficult for Indiana electric companies to close additional coal-fired power plants faces objections from consumer and environmental groups who argue it could stifle growth in renewable energy such as wind and solar power. The Indiana House utilities...

Idaho lawmakers hear divisive testimony on science standards

Jan. 22, 2020 4:25 PM EST

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A panel of Idaho lawmakers heard contentious testimony Wednesday on the state's education standards for science. The Idaho Content Standards on English language arts, math and science are heavily based on the Common Core standards used by more than 40 states to describe what students...

Editorial Roundup: West Virginia

Jan. 22, 2020 10:41 AM EST

Recent editorials from West Virginia newspapers: ___ Jan. 20 The Herald-Dispatch on a county's upcoming vote that could declare it a “Second Amendment sanctuary": On Jan. 23, the Cabell County Commission will decide whether to follow the lead of Putnam County, the town of Fort Gay and 400 other counties,...

Virginia Senate panel OKs offshore drilling, fracking bans

Jan. 21, 2020 7:33 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — A Virginia Senate committee on Tuesday advanced measures that would ban offshore drilling as well as hydraulic fracturing in much of eastern Virginia. Similar versions of both measures have been proposed in previous years but died in what was then a Republican-controlled General...