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Jay Inslee: End government partnership with fossil fuels

Jun. 24, 2019 11:07 AM EDT

Democratic presidential candidate Jay Inslee is proposing a clean break between the federal government and the fossil fuel industry. That would involve everything from ending tax breaks for oil companies to banning all drilling and extraction on federal lands and beneath federal waters. It's the latest proposal...

Arizona fire highlights challenges for energy storage

Jun. 23, 2019 12:14 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona's largest electric company installed massive batteries near neighborhoods with a large number of solar panels, hoping to capture some of the energy from the afternoon sun to use after dark. Arizona Public Service has been an early adopter of battery storage technology seen as...

Climate activists end their blockade of German coal mine

Jun. 23, 2019 10:07 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of climate activists called an end to their protest Sunday inside one of Germany's biggest open-pit mines after police repeatedly ordered them to leave, citing life-threatening danger, and authorities pulled some protesters out. The Garzweiler lignite coal mine has been the focal...

Climate protesters storm open-pit mine in western Germany

Jun. 22, 2019 3:29 PM EDT

HOCHNEUKIRCH, Germany (AP) — Hundreds of environmental activists broke through a police cordon to enter one of Germany's biggest lignite coal mines Saturday, determined to draw attention to the urgency of climate change after a plan to make the European Union carbon neutral by 2050 failed to find...

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

Jun. 22, 2019 12:12 AM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Capitol will be closed Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation drags on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature — and some, the state — earlier...

Militia threat shuts down Oregon Statehouse amid walkout

Jun. 21, 2019 11:44 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The president of the Oregon Senate ordered the state Capitol to close on Saturday due to a "possible militia threat" from right-wing protesters as a walkout by Republican lawmakers over landmark climate change legislation dragged on. Republican state senators fled the Legislature...

The Latest: 'Militia threat' shuts down Oregon statehouse

Jun. 21, 2019 10:23 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The Latest on a walkout by Oregon Senate Republicans to protest legislation to address climate change (all times local): 7:20 p.m. A "possible militia threat" is shutting down the Oregon statehouse amid an ongoing walkout by Republican lawmakers who are blocking a vote on landmark...

New Jersey picks Danish firm Orsted for wind energy project

Jun. 21, 2019 7:34 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has chosen a Danish company to build a wind energy project off the coast of Atlantic City that could power half a million homes. The state Board of Public Utilities on Friday chose Orsted to build a project that would generate 1,100 megawatts of electricity. The...

Thousands call for climate action, target German coal mine

Jun. 21, 2019 10:44 AM EDT

AACHEN, Germany (AP) — Thousands of students from across Europe protested Friday near a coal mine in western Germany, urging governments to take bolder action against climate change. Organizers said up to 20,000 protesters from 16 countries took part in the rally in Aachen, near Germany's border with...

California official says she offered fuel economy compromise

Jun. 20, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — California has proposed compromises to end a deadlock with the Trump administration on fuel economy and auto emissions standards but the administration hasn't been willing to negotiate, according to the state's top air pollution regulator. California Air Resources Board Chairwoman Mary...