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Mexican president wants work visas, citizenship for farmers

Apr. 19, 2021 20:32 PM EDT

MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said Monday he will ask U.S. President Joe Biden to give work visas to Mexican farmers who participate in a government tree-planting program. López Obrador touted the program as a way to help the...

Miners' union backs shift from coal in exchange for jobs

Apr. 19, 2021 18:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation's largest coal miners' union said Monday it would accept President Joe Biden's plan to move away from coal and other fossil fuels in exchange for a “true energy transition" that includes thousands of jobs in renewable energy and spending on technology to make...

Biden feels heat on emissions goal as climate summit nears

Apr. 19, 2021 18:09 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — As President Joe Biden convenes a virtual climate summit on Thursday with 40 world leaders, he faces a vexing task: how to put forward a nonbinding but symbolic goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that will have a tangible impact on climate change efforts not only in...

Winners of $20M contest make concrete to trap carbon dioxide

Apr. 19, 2021 16:21 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Organizers of a $20 million contest to develop products from greenhouse gas that flows from power plants announced two winners Monday ahead of launching a similar but much bigger competition backed by Elon Musk. Both winners made concrete that...

WVa power companies seek residential customer rate increase

Apr. 19, 2021 16:04 PM EDT

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — American Electric Power subsidiaries in West Virginia are asking regulators to approve a monthly rate boost of about 6% for residential customers to cover fuel costs, vegetation management and energy efficiency programs. Under the proposal...

US West prepares for possible 1st water shortage declaration

Apr. 19, 2021 15:24 PM EDT

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — The man-made lakes that store water supplying millions of people in the U.S. West and Mexico are projected to shrink to historic lows in the coming months, dropping to levels that could trigger the federal government's first-ever official shortage declaration and...

India's electric vehicles face practical, technical hurdles

Apr. 18, 2021 23:58 PM EDT

NEW DELHI (AP) — H.S. Panno, an independent contractor living in a spacious two-story penthouse in New Delhi, had his doubts when he bought his first electric car in September. So far, he's pleased with his savings on gas and maintenance, which are down by more than...

Size of pipeline spill again underestimated in N. Carolina

Apr. 18, 2021 17:24 PM EDT

HUNTERSVILLE, N.C. (AP) — An energy company has again underestimated the amount of gasoline that spilled from a crack in a pipeline running through a North Carolina nature preserve. The Colonial Pipeline Company issued a statement Friday saying it likely underestimated...

Owner, builder of solar array fined for polluting brook

Apr. 17, 2021 08:58 AM EDT

SOUTHAMPTON, Mass. (AP) — A New Jersey solar energy company and utility Eversource have agreed to pay up to $310,000 in state fines to Massachusetts for allegedly violating state environmental laws that led to pollution of a brook and other protected areas. The...

Interior head Haaland revokes Trump-era orders on energy

Apr. 16, 2021 15:32 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Interior Secretary Deb Haaland on Friday revoked a series of Trump administration orders that promoted fossil fuel development on public lands and waters, and issued a separate directive that prioritizes climate change in agency decisions. The moves...