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Energy nominee distances himself from Ukraine investigation

Nov. 14, 2019 3:09 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The deputy to outgoing Energy Secretary Rick Perry told lawmakers Thursday that he had no role in the Ukraine matters now at the heart of the House’s impeachment investigation as he tried to distance himself from the controversy with the Senate considering his Cabinet nomination....

Ex-government health chief joins warnings about EPA proposal

Nov. 13, 2019 4:39 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — A former top government environmental health official joined health experts on Wednesday in expressing alarm as the Trump administration moves forward with a proposal that scientists say would upend how the U.S. regulates threats to public health. “It will practically lead to the...

Interior proposes coveted deal to ex-client of agency head

Nov. 8, 2019 7:33 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department is proposing to award one of the first contracts for federal water in perpetuity to a powerful rural California water district that had long employed Secretary David Bernhardt as a lobbyist. Conservation groups are demanding fuller disclosure of financial terms and...

Trump administration eases Obama-era rules on coal pollution

Nov. 4, 2019 4:30 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration accelerated the pace of its environmental rollbacks for the country's coal-fired power plants Monday, proposing to weaken two Obama-era rules aimed at cleaning up dangerous heavy metals and ash from coal plants and keeping them from washing into groundwater and...

Energy chief Perry asked to testify in impeachment inquiry

Nov. 1, 2019 8:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — House investigators have called Energy Secretary Rick Perry to testify in the impeachment inquiry and issued subpoenas late Friday to a top White House lawyer and another administration official to appear. Perry is the first member of President Donald Trump's Cabinet asked to appear...

Chile cancels climate, trade summits amid protest chaos

Oct. 31, 2019 12:20 AM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera canceled two major international summits and said he would focus on restoring security and moving ahead in the coming days with an attempt to satisfy popular demands for better social services and a lower cost of living. Thirteen days into...

Chile cancels climate, trade summits amid protest chaos

Oct. 30, 2019 6:51 PM EDT

SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) — Chilean President Sebastián Piñera said Wednesday that he is canceling two major international summits so he can respond to protracted nationwide protests over economic inequality that have left more than a dozen people dead, hundreds injured and businesses and...

UN climate leaders scramble after Chile unrest cancels talks

Oct. 30, 2019 2:26 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Chile's abrupt decision Wednesday to withdraw as host of the United Nations' top climate conference leaves organizers scrambling for a second time to find a venue for the leading strategy sessions on global warming. The annual U.N. conference has become the go-to place for diplomats and...

Automakers side with Trump in legal fight with California

Oct. 29, 2019 2:48 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — General Motors, Fiat Chrysler, Toyota and 10 smaller automakers are siding with the Trump administration in a lawsuit over whether California has the right to set its own greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy standards. The companies said Monday they will intervene in a lawsuit filed...

Coal giant Murray Energy seeks bankruptcy protection

Oct. 29, 2019 2:43 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A major U.S. coal mining company is seeking bankruptcy protection, despite a flurry of regulatory breaks that its CEO pushed for — and received — from the Trump administration. Ohio-based Murray Energy filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization Tuesday, joining a...