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FILE - This Jan. 27, 2020, file photo shows a General Motors logo at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich. Shares in electric- and hydrogen-powered truck startup Nikola plunged on Monday Sept. 21, 2020, after the company's founder Trevor Milton resigned amid allegations of fraud - just two weeks after signing a $2 billion partnership with General Motors. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Founder of GM electric truck partner quits amid allegations

Sep. 21, 2020 5:07 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Shares in electric and hydrogen-powered truck startup Nikola plunged on Monday after the company's founder resigned amid allegations of fraud — just two weeks after signing a $2 billion partnership with General Motors. The company said late Sunday that Trevor Milton...

FILE -- In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018 file photo clouds of smoke are pictured over Europe's largest lignite power plant in Belchatow, central Poland. Government stimulus programs to pull the world out of the coronavirus pandemic offer “a tremendous opportunity” to build a clean-energy economy, former California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger said Thursday, calling on governments not to “invest in the past.

UN chief: don't 'throw away' stimulus money on fossil fuels

Sep. 17, 2020 8:56 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres called Thursday on governments not to “throw away” economic stimulus funds by supporting fossil fuel industries that contribute to global warming. Speaking at a virtual conference on climate change, Guterres noted that countries have...

Editorial Roundup: Pennsylvania

Sep. 16, 2020 1:44 PM EDT

Recent editorials of statewide and national interest from Pennsylvania’s newspapers: Please don’t use unreliable sources of information — especially in a crisis like the one Lancaster faces now LNP Sept. 15 Ricardo Miguel Muñoz, 27, was fatally shot by a Lancaster city police officer...

EPA sides with farmers on ethanol, rejects refinery waivers

Sep. 14, 2020 5:46 PM EDT

Federal regulators on Monday handed a victory to corn farmers and the renewable fuels industry by refusing to allow a group of petroleum refiners in 14 states to forego requirements to blend ethanol into the gasoline they make. Members of Congress from farm states have heavily lobbied President Donald Trump to...

In this July 11, 2014 photo windmills stand in Atlantic City, N.J. that help power a water treatment plant. Windmills similar to those would be installed off the coast of Atlantic City as part of a project that New Jersey's state Senate President Steve Sweeney wants regulators to reconsider. On Sept. 9, 2020, Sweeney asked them to consider replacing the Danish company chosen for the offshore windmill project, claiming it hasn't provided enough economic benefits for the state or local communities. (AP Photo/Wayne Parry)

New Jersey regulators take new look at wind, gas projects

Sep. 10, 2020 6:15 PM EDT

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Regulators are taking a second look at large-scale energy projects proposed for both sides of New Jersey’s shoreline that involve wind energy and liquefied natural gas. State Senate President Steve Sweeney and two other legislators want the Board of Public Utilities to...

Polish energy giant Orlen aims at 2050 emission neutrality

Sep. 10, 2020 12:14 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland’s oil and energy giant PKN Orlen says it is aiming at carbon emission neutrality by the year 2050. Central and Eastern Europe’s leader in the energy sector, Orlen said this week it will invest heavily in developing cleaner production methods and greater...

FILE - This Jan. 27, 2020, file photo shows a General Motors logo at the General Motors Detroit-Hamtramck Assembly plant in Hamtramck, Mich. General Motors is taking a $2 billion equity stake in Nikola that will see it engineer and make the company's Badger, a fully-electric and hydrogen fuel cell electric pickup truck.  (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

GM to make electric vehicle, supply batteries for Nikola

Sep. 8, 2020 5:24 PM EDT

DETROIT (AP) — General Motors announced its second major electric vehicle partnership in less than a week on Tuesday, this time a $2 billion deal with startup Nikola. GM will take an 11% ownership stake in the Phoenix company and will engineer and build Nikola’s Badger hydrogen fuel cell and...

FILE - In this July 27, 2018, file photo, the Dave Johnston coal-fired power plant is silhouetted against the morning sun in Glenrock, Wyo. Wyoming's governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the fossil fuel in favor of wind and solar energy. Supporters say carbon capture would save coal by pumping carbon dioxide — a greenhouse gas emitted by power plants — underground instead of into the atmosphere. (AP Photo/J. David Ake, File)

Wyoming lauds US carbon capture study; utility skeptical

Sep. 3, 2020 7:47 PM EDT

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming’s governor is promoting a Trump administration study that says capturing carbon dioxide emitted by coal-fired power plants would be an economical way to curtail the pollution — findings questioned by a utility that owns the plants and wants to shift away from the...

In this photo taken from a pre-recorded video streamed online and provided by Ministry of Environment Government of Japan, U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres speaks during the Online Platform Ministerial Meeting Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The UN chief is urging Japan and other wealthy nations to give up reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. (Ministry of Environment Government of Japan via AP)

UN chief urges Japan, others to meet goals on climate change

Sep. 3, 2020 7:50 AM EDT

The United Nations chief urged Japan and other wealthy nations on Thursday to give up their reliance on coal and other fossil fuels and commit to investments in green energy as they recover from the coronavirus pandemic. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres made the appeal in an address to an online climate...

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor

Sep. 2, 2020 5:54 PM EDT

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — U.S. officials have for the first time approved a design for a small commercial nuclear reactor, and a Utah energy cooperative wants to build 12 of them in Idaho. The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission on Friday approved Portland-based NuScale Power’s application for the small...