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FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

FILE — In this Sunday Nov. 10, 2019 file photo a herd of elephants make their way through the Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, in search of water. An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country's High Court Tuesday Sept. 8, 2020, to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in the park which hosts one of Africa's largest populations of elephants. (AP Photo/File)

Zimbabwe group tries to stop Chinese coal mine in game park

Sep. 8, 2020 1:16 PM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — An environmental group in Zimbabwe has applied to the country’s High Court to stop a Chinese firm from mining coal in Hwange National Park, which hosts one of Africa’s largest populations of elephants. The Zimbabwe Environmental Lawyers Association argues that the...

FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnston coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. Wyoming's governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the fossil fuel in favor of wind and solar energy. Supporters say carbon capture would save coal by pumping carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas emitted by power plants — underground instead of into the atmosphere. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Wyoming lauds US carbon capture study; utility skeptical

Sep. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the...

In this photo taken from a pre-recorded video streamed online and provided by Ministry of Environment Government of Japan, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Online Platform Ministerial Meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The UN chief is urging Japan and other wealthy nations to give up reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (Ministry of Environment Government of Japan via AP)

UN chief urges Japan, others to meet goals on climate change

Sep. 3, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

The United Nations chief urged Japan and other wealthy nations on Thursday to give up their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the appeal in an address to an online climate...

FILE - The Dave Johnson coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo., Friday,  July 27, 2018.  The Trump administration has weakened an Obama-era rule aimed at stopping coal plant pollution that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers. The changes finalized Monday, Aug. 31, 2020, will allow utilities to use cheaper wastewater cleanup technologies and take longer to comply with pollution reduction guidelines adopted in 2015. Its the latest in a string of regulatory rollbacks for the coal power industry under Trump. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Trump administration finalizes coal plant pollution rollback

Aug. 31, 2020 7:05 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Trump administration on Monday finalized its weakening of an Obama-era rule aimed at reducing polluted wastewater from coal-burning power plants that has contaminated streams, lakes and underground aquifers The change will allow utilities to use cheaper technologies and take...

The remnants of the Consumers Energy Weadock Plant are demolished with explosives on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020 in Hampton Township north of Bay City, Mich.  The plant, which was named for J.C. Weadock, a company founding father, burned about 1 million tons of coal per year and could generate up to 310 megawatts of electricity. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

Consumers Energy demolishes power plant that served 76 years

Aug. 29, 2020 6:36 PM EDT

ESSEXVILLE, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy demolished a coal-fired power plant in Bay County that provided electricity for 76 years. Residents watched as the Weadock Plant came down Saturday near Essexville, at the mouth of Saginaw Bay. “Coal plants in general — they served the state of...

FILE- In this June 4, 2011 file photo, Indian laborers carry firewood, as smoke rises from a bricks factory on the outskirts of Jammu, India. India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Friday, Aug. 28, 2020. (AP Photo/Channi Anand, File)

UN chief urges India to quickly move to clean solar power

Aug. 28, 2020 6:34 AM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — India should commit to carbon neutrality by ending fossil fuel subsidies and investing in clean solar power as it mobilizes trillion of dollars to recover from the coronavirus pandemic, the U.N. chief said Friday. Secretary-General António Guterres said India is at a crossroads and...

FILE - In this 2015 file photo, FirstEnergy Corp. President and CEO Charles

FirstEnergy had big stake in tainted nuclear plant bailout

Aug. 27, 2020 11:41 AM EDT

CLEVELAND (AP) — FirstEnergy Corp. was once blamed for its part in triggering North America's largest blackout nearly 20 years ago. Now, the multistate power company is again facing intense scrutiny — this time for its role in an alleged $60 million bribery scheme that has ensnared one of...

In this image from video, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks in front of solar panels during the third night of the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday, Aug. 19, 2020. (Democratic National Convention via AP)

Energy resources tested as Western states see soaring demand

Aug. 21, 2020 2:45 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Standing amid an array of solar panels, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham told a national audience this week that she’s proud of instituting aggressive renewable energy mandates in her state. A day later, she touted the state’s move toward solar, wind and battery...

FILE - This April 20, 2011, file photo, shows some of the 30,000 solar panels that make up the Public Service Co. of New Mexico's 2-megawatt photovoltaic array in Albuquerque, N.M. Environmentalists have lined up behind the shift to renewable energy required by New Mexico's energy transition act. But some are challenging language in the law that they say derails due process and eliminates standards of regulatory review meant to protect customers. New Energy Economy and Citizens for Fair Rates and the Environment filed their brief this week with the state Supreme Court. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

Court filing targets New Mexico's energy transition law

Aug. 19, 2020 7:46 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Environmentalists have lined up behind the shift to renewable energy required by the state's energy transition act, but some are challenging language in the law that they say derails due process and eliminates standards of regulatory review meant to protect customers. New Energy...