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Pritzker to visit UK, tout climate-change efforts next week

Oct. 27, 2021 18:33 PM EDT

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker will travel to the United Kingdom next week to discuss the state's efforts to neutralize climate change while bolstering economic development, his office said Wednesday. The Democrat and top staff members will travel...

Senate aims bill at preventing all-electric building codes

Oct. 27, 2021 18:27 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Pennsylvania's state Senate on Wednesday approved legislation that would bar municipalities in the nation’s No. 2 natural gas state from adopting building codes that prohibit gas hookups or otherwise restricting utility service based on the energy source. ...

Shapiro breaks with Wolf over strategy on climate change

Oct. 27, 2021 16:35 PM EDT

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — Josh Shapiro, the Democratic candidate for governor, is breaking with Gov. Tom Wolf on the centerpiece of Wolf’s plan to fight climate change amid the strong and sustained pushback it has received from building trades unions that have long backed the party's...

State denies permits for power plants in NYC, Hudson Valley

Oct. 27, 2021 16:17 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State environmental officials denied required air permits Wednesday for natural gas power plants in New York City and along the Hudson River, saying both would be inconsistent with statewide greenhouse gas emission goals. The denials of Title V air...

Utility eyes earlier shutdown of Lake Michigan power plant

Oct. 27, 2021 13:29 PM EDT

MERRILLVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A northern Indiana utility company is looking to shutter a coal-fired power plant along Lake Michigan two years earlier than planned. Northern Indiana Public Service Co. said it now plans to retire its electricity generating plant in Michigan...

'Save your species': UN uses dinosaur in fossil fuel message

Oct. 27, 2021 03:33 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The United Nations is summoning an unusual “witness” to testify to the dangers of burning fossil fuels that stoke global warming: a dinosaur. In a video released on social media ahead of this year's U.N. climate change summit, a computer-generated...

Gulf Arab states, squeezed by climate change, still tout oil

Oct. 27, 2021 02:18 AM EDT

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — The global energy transition is perhaps nowhere more perplexing than in the Arabian Peninsula, where Saudi Arabia and other Gulf monarchies are caught between two daunting climate change scenarios that threaten their livelihoods. In one, the...

Opposition party to fight next Australia election on climate

Oct. 27, 2021 00:35 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia’s opposition party said on Wednesday a looming election will be fought on greenhouse gas reduction targets as Prime Minister Scott Morrison comes under criticism from scientists over the modest goals he will take to a U.N. climate summit. ...

Half its original size, Biden's big plan in race to finish

Oct. 27, 2021 00:12 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Half its original size, President Joe Biden's big domestic policy plan is being pulled apart and reconfigured as Democrats edge closer to satisfying their most reluctant colleagues and finishing what's now about a $1.75 trillion package. How to pay...

Judge orders stay in case seeking to remove Snake River dams

Oct. 26, 2021 18:12 PM EDT

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday granted a stay in litigation seeking to save endangered salmon runs on the Columbia and Snake rivers. U.S. District Judge Michael Simon in Portland, Oregon, granted a request by both sides in the lawsuit seeking the stay...