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FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, protesters prepare to take down a makeshift oil derrick that was set up in front of the California State Office Building to protest fracking in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

Sep. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer on Wednesday, Sept, 23, 2020, called for Michigan to become

Whitmer offers 'carbon-neutral' climate plan for Michigan

Sep. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic...

This screen shot from pool video shows California Gov. Gavin Newsom announcing Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 that the state will halt sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, in Sacramento, Calif. On Wednesday he ordered state regulators to come up with requirements to meet that goal. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Pool via AP)

California moves to end sales of new gas-powered cars

Sep. 23, 2020 4:18 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will outlaw sales of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks by 2035, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, a move he says will cut greenhouse gas emissions by 35% in the nation’s most populous state. His plan would not ban people from owning gas-powered...

FILE – This April 4, 2017, file photo shows the entrance to FirstEnergy Corp.'s Davis-Besse Nuclear Power Station in Oak Harbor, Ohio. Ohio’s attorney general has filed a lawsuit attempting to block the state’s nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills that were authorized in a new law. Attorney General Dave Yost filed the lawsuit Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020 in Franklin County Court against Energy Harbor. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane, file)

Ohio sues to block nuclear bailout money from being paid

Sep. 23, 2020 3:25 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Ohio’s attorney general sued Wednesday in an attempt to block the state’s nuclear plants from collecting fees on electricity bills that were authorized in a new law at the center of a $60 million federal bribery probe involving the former speaker of the Ohio House....

FILE - In this April 29, 2015, file photo, an illustration depicts a planned interim storage facility for spent nuclear fuel in southeastern New Mexico as officials announce plans to pursue the project during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to a recommendation by federal nuclear regulators that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials in a letter submitted Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, to the Nuclear Regulatory Commission said the site is geologically unsuitable and regulators have failed to consider environmental justice concerns. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan, File)

New Mexico objects to license for nuclear fuel storage plan

Sep. 23, 2020 2:00 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state of New Mexico is strongly objecting to federal nuclear regulators' preliminary recommendation that a license be granted to build a multibillion-dollar storage facility for spent nuclear fuel from commercial power plants around the U.S. State officials, in a letter...

Wyoming utility supports recycling wind turbine blades

Sep. 23, 2020 1:22 PM EDT

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — The largest utility in Wyoming is considering more sustainable solutions for old wind turbine blades, instead of tossing them into a landfill. PacifiCorp has begun transporting retired wind turbine blades to Tennessee, where researchers are searching for ways to reuse the blades, which...

Pro-oil Alaska governor also backs renewable energy ideas

Sep. 23, 2020 9:03 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — While Alaska's Republican governor continues promoting the oil industry underpinning the state's economy, he also has expressed interest in renewable energy projects. Gov. Mike Dunleavy said improvements in technology and decreasing costs of renewable power “open up some...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020 file photo people visit Joshua Tree National Park in California. The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, The state's Fish and Game Commission on Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the yucca plants temporary protected status for one year while the agency conducts a study. After the review, commissioners will determine whether the species should be formally protected under the state law. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, file)

California accepts petition to protect western Joshua tree

Sep. 22, 2020 11:15 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — The western Joshua tree will be considered for protection under the California Endangered Species Act because of threats from climate change and habitat destruction, the state Fish and Game Commission decided Tuesday. The panel voted 4-0 to accept a petition that provides the...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop pumping additional carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas, into the atmosphere by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,  to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and was immediately cheered by climate campaigners. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Sep. 22, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green...

North Dakota leaders approve revisions to flaring policy

Sep. 22, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission on Tuesday approved a revised gas capture policy that aims to encourage investment in infrastructure but doesn’t change targets for burning excess natural gas at well heads. Current gas capture policy requires companies to capture 88%...