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President Joe Biden signs an executive order on climate change, in the State Dining Room of the White House, Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Biden: 'We can't wait any longer' to address climate crisis

Jan. 27, 2021 6:26 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In the most ambitious U.S. effort to stave off the worst of climate change, President Joe Biden signed executive orders Wednesday to transform the nation’s heavily fossil-fuel powered economy into a clean-burning one, pausing oil and gas leasing on federal land and targeting...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil and gas development infused $2.8 billion into New Mexico coffers during the 2020 fiscal year and marked its second-highest total revenue ever reported despite a global price war and plummeting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

New Mexico senators, advocates back Biden oil and gas plans

Jan. 27, 2021 5:36 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Local officials and residents in New Mexico’s oil patches are anxious as the Biden administration takes aim at the oil and natural gas industry with a series of new executive orders. But the state’s two U.S. senators are supporting the actions, saying it’s time...

GM, Navistar team up to build hydrogen powered heavy trucks

Jan. 27, 2021 9:00 AM EST

DETROIT (AP) — In about three years, Navistar plans to start selling low-emission hydrogen-powered heavy trucks under a partnership with General Motors and a small distribution company called OneH2. The venture announced Wednesday is an early commercial deployment of the technology in U.S. long-haul...

Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight

Jan. 27, 2021 12:06 AM EST

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil, gas and coal pollution but that it intends to push everyone in the world to do more,...

FILE - In this April 9, 2014, file photo, oil rigs stand in the Loco Hills field on U.S. Highway 82 in Eddy County near Artesia, N.M., one of the most active regions of the Permian Basin. President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change.  (AP Photo/Jeri Clausing, File)

AP sources: Biden to pause oil and gas sales on public lands

Jan. 26, 2021 11:02 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden is set to announce a wide-ranging moratorium on new oil and gas leasing on U.S. lands and waters, as his administration moves quickly to reverse Trump administration policies on energy and the environment and address climate change. Two people with knowledge of...

Former Secretary of State John Kerry arrives for the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 20, 2021. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)

Kerry aims to talk US back into a lead role in climate fight

Jan. 26, 2021 7:38 PM EST

From a wood-paneled library in his Boston mansion, new climate envoy John Kerry is talking the U.S. back into a leading role in global climate action, making clear the nation isn't just revving up its own efforts to reduce oil, gas and coal pollution but that it intends to push everyone in the world to do more,...

NYC pension funds to divest $4 billion from fossil fuels

Jan. 26, 2021 4:48 PM EST

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials announced this week that two pension funds for city workers will pull an estimated $4 billion in investments from fossil fuel companies in order to promote clean energy use. “The divestment from fossil fuels is possible and necessary,” said City...

A boat pushes tons of garbage stuck at the foot of the hydro power plant at the Potpecko accumulation lake near Priboj, in southwest Serbia, Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. Serbia and other Balkan nations are virtually drowning in communal waste after decades of neglect and lack of efficient waste-management policies in the countries aspiring to join the European Union. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

Rubbish-covered lake brings to light Balkans waste problem

Jan. 26, 2021 2:41 AM EST

PRIBOJ, Serbia (AP) — Trucks and building machines are parked on a river dam in southwest Serbia but not for construction work. Instead, huge cranes are being used to clear tons of garbage crammed at the foot of the power plant. Serbia and other Balkan nations are overwhelmed by communal waste after...

FILE - In this Jan. 30, 2017, file photo, waste salt, foreground, is shown near an evaporation pond at the Silver Peak lithium mine near Tonopah, Nev.  The Trump administration granted final approval for a proposed northern Nevada lithium mine, one of several eleventh-hour moves made by the Department of Interior to greenlight mining and energy projects. Unlike some other approvals, which are likely to be revoked, President Biden has voiced support for lithium mining as part of his clean energy plans.  (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP, File)

Mine OK'd in Trump's last days may boost Biden energy plan

Jan. 23, 2021 11:42 AM EST

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — One of the keys to President Joe Biden’s $2 trillion clean energy plan could be a mineral that lies in a salt flat above a prehistoric volcano just south of the Oregon-Nevada line. But the question of how to extract lithium and whether former President Donald Trump’s...

FILE - In this April 24, 2015, file photo, pumpjacks work in a field near Lovington, N.M. Oil and gas development infused $2.8 billion into New Mexico coffers during the 2020 fiscal year and marked its second-highest total revenue ever reported despite a global price war and plummeting demand amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to a report released Monday, Dec. 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

Biden's pause on oil cause for big concern in New Mexico

Jan. 22, 2021 7:57 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — President Joe Biden’s 60-day moratorium on new oil and natural gas leases and drilling permits is prompting widespread concerns in New Mexico, where spending on education and other public programs hinges on the industry’s success. Top Republicans in the state as well...