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US rule would limit methane leaks from public lands drilling

Nov. 28, 2022 19:00 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Interior Department on Monday proposed rules to limit methane leaks from oil and gas drilling on public lands, the latest action by the Biden administration to crack down on emissions of methane, a potent greenhouse gas that contributes significantly to global warming. ...

Editorial Roundup: United States

Nov. 23, 2022 11:59 AM EST

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: Nov. 16 The Washington Post on post-FTX cryptocurrency: The supposedly responsible face of cryptocurrency turns out to have been anything but punctilious in his dealings — which should be...

NY gov signs novel law that limits cryptomining, for now

Nov. 22, 2022 21:54 PM EST

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — New York is taking a first-in-the-nation step to tap the brakes on the spread of cryptocurrency mining, under legislation that Gov. Kathy Hochul signed Tuesday. The measure comes amid growing scrutiny of the cryptocurrency industry following this month's...

Public utility to pipe water to residents of 'Gasland' town

Nov. 22, 2022 17:35 PM EST

SPRINGVILLE, Pa. (AP) — A new water line will deliver something that residents of a rural Pennsylvania community have gone without for the last 14 years — a clean, reliable supply of drinking water — after a public utility on Tuesday released the first details of a plan to mitigate the damage...

Feds offer $1B to keep California's last nuclear plant open

Nov. 21, 2022 14:35 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration on Monday announced preliminary approval to spend up to $1.1 billion to help keep California's last operating nuclear power plant running, even as officials turned down a request for financial aid to restart a closed nuclear plant in Michigan. ...

UN climate boss settles for no cuts on emissions

Nov. 21, 2022 11:23 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — Given an energy crisis in Europe and progress made in helping climate victims, the new climate chief for the United Nations said he'll settle for a lack of new emissions-cutting action coming out of the now-concluded climate talks in Egypt. It could...

Japan nuclear watchdog considering extending reactor life

Nov. 21, 2022 06:53 AM EST

TOKYO (AP) — Japanese nuclear regulators are considering revising a safety evaluation system to allow aging reactors to operate beyond the current 60-year limit, but the move is aimed at preventing safety lapses and is not motivated by government efforts to increase use of nuclear power, an...

Company: Leak at Pennsylvania gas storage well plugged

Nov. 20, 2022 17:16 PM EST

The operator of a natural gas storage well in Western Pennsylvania says workers have successfully plugged a leak that had been spewing massive amounts of planet-warming methane into the atmosphere for two weeks. Equitrans Midstream said the well at its Rager Mountain storage...

No federal aid to restart Michigan nuclear power plant

Nov. 20, 2022 16:34 PM EST

COVERT, Mich. (AP) — The federal government has turned down a request for financial aid to restart a nuclear power plant in southwestern Michigan, the owner said. Holtec International said it was notified Friday by the U.S. Energy Department. The Palisades plant...

UN climate deal: Calamity cash, but no new emissions cuts

Nov. 20, 2022 10:53 AM EST

SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt (AP) — For the first time, the nations of the world decided to help pay for the damage an overheating world is inflicting on poor countries, but they finished marathon climate talks on Sunday without further addressing the root cause of those disasters — the burning of...