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FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. The Trump administration is rolling back tough Obama-era mileage standards and gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts to slow climate change. The administration released its relaxed mileage rules Tuesday. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

Trump rollback of mileage standards guts climate change push

Mar. 31, 2020 4:59 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration's rollback of mileage standards Tuesday marks a win for Americans who like their SUVs and pickup trucks, but the government's own estimates show big costs, too — more Americans dying from air pollution, more climate-damaging tailpipe exhaust and more...

FILE - This Dec. 12, 2018, file photo shows traffic on the Hollywood Freeway in Los Angeles. President Donald Trump's is expected to mark a win in his two-year fight to gut one of the United States' single-biggest efforts against climate change, relaxing ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raising the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

New Trump mileage standards to gut Obama climate effort

Mar. 30, 2020 4:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is poised to roll back ambitious Obama-era vehicle mileage standards and raise the ceiling on damaging fossil fuel emissions for years to come, gutting one of the United States' biggest efforts against climate change. The Trump administration is expected to release...

Oil industry cites virus in seeking broad pollution waivers

Mar. 24, 2020 6:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency said Tuesday that it’s reviewing a request from the oil and gas industry to ease enforcement of hazardous air and water pollution and other regulatory issues during the coronavirus pandemic. The proposal is drawing objections from public health...

FILE - This Feb. 10, 2016 file photo shows a former iron ore processing plant near Hoyt Lakes, Minn., that would become part of a proposed PolyMet copper-nickel mine. The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review Monday, March 23, 2020, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. (AP Photo/Jim Mone, File)

Minnesota Court of Appeals sends PolyMet permit back to MPCA

Mar. 23, 2020 6:17 PM EDT

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) — The Minnesota Court of Appeals sent an air-emissions permit for the PolyMet copper-nickel mine back to state regulators for further review on Monday, giving another victory to environmental groups who oppose the project. The appeals court found that the Minnesota Pollution Control...

FILE - In this Nov. 8, 2011 file photo, Dick Saslaw, Virginia Senate Majority Leader, stands near a podium after it was announced that he had won re-election at a Democrat election results party in Fairfax, Va. Environmental advocates notched one win, after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge.  “You can't fix the climate problem for free,

For environmentalists, a 'monumental' legislative session

Mar. 14, 2020 9:49 AM EDT

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Environmental advocates notched one win after another this legislative session as the new Democratic majority passed their top-priority legislation, including measures long opposed by Republicans who used to be in charge. Legislators sent bills to Gov. Ralph Northam that will remake...

U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski speaks with reporters after delivering an annual speech to a joint session of the Alaska Legislature on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, in Juneau, Alaska. Murkowski said President Donald Trump has had policies that are good and have helped Alaska but did not say if she would support his re-election bid. (AP Photo/Becky Bohrer)

Senate energy bill falls apart amid dispute over coolants

Mar. 11, 2020 1:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It was supposed to be a bipartisan moment for the Senate. But now a sweeping energy package promoted as a "down payment" on fighting climate change is falling apart amid a push to limit coolants used in air conditioners and refrigerators. The energy legislation would boost efficiency and...

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signs an executive order on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, ordering the state to lower greenhouse gas emissions, as students look on in Salem, Ore. In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon governor takes sweeping action to cut global warming

Mar. 10, 2020 8:13 PM EDT

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — In an end run around Republican legislators, Oregon's Democratic governor ordered the state on Tuesday to lower greenhouse gas emissions, directing a state agency to set and enforce caps on pollution from industry and transportation fuels. Gov. Kate Brown's sweeping executive order, one...

Del. Richard 'Rip' Sullivan, D-Arlington, right, talks with Del. Sam Rasoul, D-Roanoke, during the House session at the Capitol Thursday, March 5, 2020, in Richmond, Va. Sullivan is leading the floor debate on the renewable energy bills. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Virginia lawmakers send 'historic' energy bill to governor

Mar. 6, 2020 5:31 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia lawmakers gave final passage Friday to a sweeping energy bill that would overhaul how the state's utilities generate electricity, a measure environmental groups and other renewable energy advocates considered a historic step toward addressing climate change. The state Senate...

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Correction: Virginia-Renewable Energy story

Mar. 6, 2020 3:48 PM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — In a story March 5, 2020, about energy legislation, The Associated Press erroneously reported state regulators' estimate of rate increases associated with the newly approved bill. The State Corporation Commission has predicted the bill would result in a monthly minimum increase for the...

House Speaker Tina Kotek, left, and Senate President Peter Courtney appear before the press on Thursday, March 5, 2020, after Oregon's 2020 legislative session abruptly ended early amid an impasse with minority Republicans over a climate change bill and their tactic of walking out to deny a quorum and prevent the Senate and House from voting on bills. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon 2020 legislative session implodes amid GOP walkout

Mar. 5, 2020 9:57 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon's 2020 legislative session imploded Thursday amid a boycott by minority Republicans over a climate change measure, an action they have taken repeatedly and which Democrats say threatens democratic rule. In response, Gov. Kate Brown, a Democrat, is finalizing executive actions that...