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Gov. Kate Brown of Oregon denounces a walkout by Republicans in the state Senate that prevented a quorum on Monday, Feb. 24, 2020 in Salem, Ore. Republican lawmakers are trying to doom a contentious climate change bill. Brown said the Republicans are not against the climate policy but are against the Democratic process. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

GOP lawmakers walk out after Oregon climate bill advances

Feb. 24, 2020 5:23 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Republican senators slipped out of the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, preventing the state Senate from convening in an attempt to doom a bill aimed at stemming global warming. The walkout was a repeat of action the GOP took last year to kill similar climate change legislation, a...

Consumers Energy plans net zero carbon emissions by 2040

Feb. 24, 2020 4:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy said Monday it plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero over the next two decades by eliminating coal from its fuel mix and boosting use of renewable power sources. The announcement by the utility based in Jackson, Michigan, follows the release last year of a plan...

Teck pulls application to build huge Alberta oil sands mine

Feb. 23, 2020 11:17 PM EST

TORONTO (AP) — A Canadian company said Sunday that it has withdrawn its application to the federal government to approve a huge open-pit oil sands mine in Alberta. Teck Resources Ltd. said there was no constructive path forward for the project and will write down its cost. “Global capital markets...

Gov. Edwards creates task force to respond to climate change

Feb. 23, 2020 10:57 AM EST

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards' administration plans an expansion of coastal restoration and flood protection efforts that for the first time will target greenhouse gas emissions by Louisiana industry as a way to reduce future sea level rise. “Louisiana will do its part to address...

Industrial gas company reaches Clean Air Act settlement

Feb. 22, 2020 3:42 PM EST

PASCO, Wash. (AP) — An industrial and medical gas company in the Tri-Cities region has agreed to pay $100,000 to settle allegations that it didn’t meet some risk management standards set under the federal Clean Air Act. The Tri-City Herald reports the Environmental Protection Agency said Oxarc...

Activists: Colorado Climate Action Plan needs more rules

Feb. 21, 2020 1:50 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have promised more on climate than their policies can deliver, according to an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund and Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates. The organizations commissioned the analysis by the consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates, which...

Vermont House advances climate change bill

Feb. 21, 2020 11:20 AM EST

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — The Vermont House has given preliminary approval to legislation that sets requirements and deadlines for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the state. The so-called Global Warming Solutions Act was up for final approval on Friday. The bill would require that by 2025 Vermont...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Kansas developer gets prison term over asbestos disposal

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge on Thursday sentenced a Lawrence developer to serve three months in prison for illegal disposal of asbestos during a construction project. Thomas S. Fritzel, 54, was also ordered to pay a $55,000 fine for violations of the Clean Air Act during remodeling work in 2016...

Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib bangs the gavel as he presides as President of the Senate, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were busy throughout the day, as Wednesday was the floor cutoff deadline for the 2020 legislative session. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Homeless measures, carbon cap alive, most gun measures fail

Feb. 20, 2020 9:32 PM EST

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington lawmakers are more than halfway through their 60-day legislative session, clearing a key deadline for policy bills and receiving good news on the revenue front ahead of the release of the House and Senate's supplemental budget proposals. A revenue forecast Wednesday showed...