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Volkswagen settlement, in part, funds charging stations

Jan. 20, 2020 11:27 AM EST

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Ten North Dakota communities will use part of a settlement with Volkswagen to build electric vehicle charging stations. The North Dakota Department of Environmental Quality will send $2.7 million to the local governments and businesses for clean vehicle projects, including 17...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown speaks to journalists on Friday, Jan. 17, 2020, during an Associated Press forum before the start of the 2020 legislative session. Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, say passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But the leader of the minority Republicans in the House said she opposes such moves, saying it only guarantees that prices for individual Oregonians will go up. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Democrats: Oregon climate bill is priority; GOP resists

Jan. 18, 2020 2:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and the speaker of the House of Representatives, both Democrats, said Friday that passing legislation aimed at stemming global warming is their priority when lawmakers return to the Capitol next month. But Rep. Christine Drazan, the leader of the minority...

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee talks to the media after a state Supreme Court ruling that reinstated a severely limited version of his plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. He said the ruling just strengthens his commitment to get climate change-related bills through the Legislature this year. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Washington Supreme Court OKs lesser version of carbon cap

Jan. 16, 2020 8:44 PM EST

SEATTLE (AP) — The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated a severely limited version of Gov. Jay Inslee's plan to cap carbon pollution in the state, a decision the Democrat described as a “clarion call” that lawmakers must act on climate change. In a 5-4 ruling, the court said the...

Climate bill could trigger GOP walkout in Oregon Statehouse

Jan. 15, 2020 8:10 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — The GOP leader in the Oregon Senate said Wednesday there could be another walkout by Republicans over legislation aimed at stemming global warming. "I'm still having conversations, but nothing is off the table,” Senate Minority Leader Herman Baertschiger, Jr., told reporters. He...

Washington Sen. Mona Das, D-Kent, listens to debate on the Senate floor on a bill she sponsored that bans single-use plastic bags, Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Senate once again approved the measure, which first passed during last year's legislative session, and the bill now heads to the House, where it stalled last year. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Plastic bag ban passes Washington Senate again

Jan. 15, 2020 5:20 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington Senate has once again approved a measure to ban single-use plastic bags. The chamber voted 30-19 Wednesday to re-pass the measure it first passed during last year's legislative session. The bill now heads to the House, where it stalled last year. The bill would ban...

FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted a final rule on gas mileage and greenhouse gas emissions on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Trump administration signals compromise on gas mileage rules

Jan. 14, 2020 7:55 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — The Trump administration is signaling that it could increase fuel economy standards, possibly compromising on its push to freeze them at 2020 levels. In one of the administration's hardest-fought battles to roll back Obama-era environmental regulations, two federal agencies submitted a final...

A home school choir sings the national anthem on the House floor before a joint session of the Legislature on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2014 in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers convened the joint session to hear Gov. Jay Inslee's State of the State address. (AP Photo/Rachel La Corte)

Gov. Jay Inslee says state must act on homelessness

Jan. 14, 2020 6:05 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee told a joint session of the Legislature Tuesday that Washington state must act now to reduce the number of people who are living without permanent shelter. Inslee highlighted what he called a “growing crisis” as his top issue in his annual...

Work begins on new cap and trade bill for Oregon

Jan. 14, 2020 3:00 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A climate change bill that could dominate the 2020 Oregon legislative session got its first public hearing as lawmakers try to find a compromise on an issue that led to GOP senators walking out of the Capitol last year. Oregon Public Broadcasting reports the bill to implement a so-called...

File---Picture taken on Nov.4, 2019 shows the VW logo on a car at a VW factory opening ceremony for electric cars in Zwickau,  Germany. (Sebastian Willnow/dpa via AP)

German prosecutors charge 6 more in VW emissions scandal

Jan. 14, 2020 10:44 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Prosecutors in Germany have filed charges against six more individuals in connection with Volkswagen's diesel emissions scandal, bringing the total to 11. Prosecutors in the town of Braunschweig said Tuesday that the suspects - all Volkswagen executives at the time - were...

File--- Picture taken May 14, 2019 shows complete Golf car bodies at the assembly line during a press tour of the plant of the German manufacturer Volkswagen AG (VW) in Zwickau, Germany. The first ID. production electrical vehicles are to roll off the assembly line at the end of 2019. Only e-cars will be built at Zwickau in 2021. (AP Photo/Jens Meyer)

Volkswagen hits record sales in bid to top auto industry

Jan. 14, 2020 6:53 AM EST

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen has announced record annual sales that could determine whether it keeps its crown as the world's largest automaker. The company based in Wolfsburg, Germany, said Tuesday that it delivered 10.97 million vehicles in 2019. That compares with 10.83 million in 2018, when...