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Report: Colorado far from meeting emissions reduction goals

May. 16, 2021 10:18 AM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A new report says Colorado will fall drastically short of its goals for cutting greenhouse-gas emissions without more ambitious targets and enforceable limits on pollution, a feature of a bill in the legislature that has Gov. Jared Polis threatening a veto. ...

Merkel to youth: Build political support for climate action

May. 15, 2021 15:18 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel says she understands young people's frustration about the pace of efforts to combat climate change, but is stressing the need to build political majorities to support effective action. Merkel's Cabinet on Wednesday approved...

UND rock library looks to preserve core of energy industry

May. 15, 2021 01:08 AM EDT

GRAND FORKS, N.D. (AP) — A few hours’ drive from the Bakken oil fields lies a treasure trove for geologists: rock from nearly every oil well ever drilled in North Dakota, under one roof. The rock is tucked neatly into cardboard boxes stacked on numerous warehouse...

Newsom's green budget has something for everyone — even bees

May. 14, 2021 23:30 PM EDT

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Amid a drought that followed a year of historic wildfires exacerbated by a warming planet, California's governor on Friday proposed spending a record $11 billion on programs to combat climate change, promote clean air, shore up water supplies and prevent wildfires. ...

$11B for transit would aid bullet train, move Olympic crowds

May. 14, 2021 20:08 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday proposed spending an additional $11 billion on transportation improvements, much of it for a troubled bullet train intended to eventually link California's major metropolitan areas and for projects supporting the 2028 Summer Olympics in...

New Jersey solar, gas power plans spotlight justice concerns

May. 13, 2021 18:37 PM EDT

Two energy projects highlighting the environmental justice movement in very different ways are under way in New Jersey. A gas-fired power backup power plant is proposed for a sewage treatment facility in an already-polluted minority community. And a solar farm has opened...

EPA revokes Trump-era policy that loosened clean-air rules

May. 13, 2021 11:52 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency is revoking a Trump-era rule that overhauled how the agency evaluates air pollutants, a move the Biden administration says will make it easier to enact limits on dangerous and climate-changing emissions. EPA said...

Spain at last adopts promised law on becoming carbon neutral

May. 13, 2021 11:06 AM EDT

MADRID (AP) — Spain’s parliament approved a law on climate change and energy transition Thursday that belatedly brings the country into line with the European Union’s goal to become carbon neutral by 2050. The law stipulates a 23% reduction in emissions by 2030...

Editorial Roundup: Minnesota

May. 12, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

Minneapolis Star Tribune. May 9, 2021. Editorial: Focus should be on a safer University of Minnesota campus Student activists seem more focused on a number of unhelpful demands. Tensions are running high between some University...

Can Oregon Democrats learn from B.C.’s carbon tax?

May. 12, 2021 12:02 PM EDT

In 2019 and again in 2020, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade climate bills. The legislation was meant to drive down the state’s carbon emissions, but Republicans feared the bills would place the greatest burden of higher fuel prices on...