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Trump bars California from setting stricter fuel standards

Sep. 18, 2019 12:01 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump announced Wednesday that his administration is revoking California's authority to set auto mileage standards stricter than those issued by federal regulators. In a tweet, Trump said his move would result in less expensive and safer cars. He insisted that new cars...

Utah ski resort will charge for parking to reduce traffic

Sep. 18, 2019 12:35 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A ski resort in northern Utah is planning to charge visitors for parking in a bid to reduce traffic and emissions. Solitude Mountain Resort announced the new initiative in a press release Wednesday. Resort President and Chief Operating Officer Kim Mayhew said the decision was...

EPA set to end California's ability to regulate fuel economy

Sep. 17, 2019 6:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Trump administration is poised to revoke California's authority to set auto mileage standards, asserting that only the federal government has the power to regulate greenhouse gas emissions and fuel economy. Conservative and free-market groups have been asked to attend a formal...

Duke Energy plans to invest more in renewable power

Sep. 17, 2019 3:58 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy says it plans to invest heavily in renewable energy and natural gas powered plants to further reduce its carbon emissions by 2030. One of the nation's largest utilities said Tuesday it plans to double its portfolio of solar, wind and other renewable power sources by 2025...

Big global climate protests on Friday get union support

Sep. 16, 2019 4:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to join worldwide demonstrations this week ahead of a U.N. climate summit in New York, as unions and some businesses lend their support for faster action to fight climate change. Organizers said Monday that more than 800 events were planned in the...

Fijian leader urges Australia to do more on climate change

Sep. 16, 2019 5:26 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Fiji's prime minister used a state visit on Monday to urge Australia to take more ambitious actions to slash greenhouse gas emissions, a month after differences on climate change policy created anger and frustration at a forum of Pacific island leaders. Voreqe Bainimarama, who...

State: Proposed deal with company would reduce air pollution

Sep. 15, 2019 12:04 PM EDT

MOBILE, Ala. (AP) — An Alabama chemical plant has been emitting sulfur dioxide and sulfuric acid mist into the atmosphere, state and federal authorities say in court documents. A complaint recently filed in federal court accuses Nouryon Functional Chemicals of polluting the air from its sulfuric acid plant...

Minnesota labor unions divided over the Green New Deal

Sep. 15, 2019 1:07 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Two national leaders of the Service Employees International Union recently came to St. Paul to talk about the union's latest initiative to fight climate change: the Green New Deal. Earlier this summer, the SEIU executive board passed a resolution endorsing the sweeping measure proposed...

Germany's Merkel faces decisive week on climate protection

Sep. 14, 2019 3:00 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany faces a decisive week in its efforts to combat climate change, with Chancellor Angela Merkel pledging Saturday that Europe's biggest economy will find good solutions but her governing coalition still haggling over a long-promised policy package. Merkel's government has said for months...

Maine receives $2.5 million in latest greenhouse gas auction

Sep. 14, 2019 1:34 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Utility regulators say Maine has received nearly $2.5 million in the latest auction of carbon dioxide emission allowances. Maine is among nine New England and mid-Atlantic states that participate in the program. Such states limit, or cap, carbon dioxide emissions from power plants to...