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McConnell warns Dems of fallout for reviving Biden bill

Jun. 30, 2022 19:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell threatened Thursday to derail a bill designed to boost semiconductor manufacturing in the United States if Democrats revive their stalled climate and social policy package. The rejuvenation of the Democratic reconciliation...

New York officials rule against bitcoin-mining power plant

Jun. 30, 2022 18:23 PM EDT

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — State officials denied required air permit renewals Thursday to a bitcoin-mining power plant in the Finger Lakes that environmentalists called a threat to New York’s climate goals. In rejecting the renewals, the state Department of Environmental Conservation...

Supreme Court limits EPA in curbing power plant emissions

Jun. 30, 2022 17:34 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a blow to the fight against climate change, the Supreme Court on Thursday limited how the nation’s main anti-air pollution law can be used to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. By a 6-3 vote, with conservatives in the majority, the court said...

Wisconsin court: Conservative holdover can stay on DNR board

Jun. 29, 2022 14:16 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin's conservative-controlled Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a conservative member of the Department of Natural Resources policy board may remain on the panel indefinitely in a far-reaching decision that leaves Democratic Gov. Tony Evers all but powerless to seat...

EXPLAINER: Why Germany is pushing for a 'climate club'

Jun. 26, 2022 02:17 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Germany is hosting this year’s meeting of leaders from the Group of Seven leading economies in the Bavarian resort of Elmau. Before the invasion of Ukraine by Russia triggered a cascade of crises over food, energy and international security, the main focus of the meeting was meant...

California emissions, carbon neutrality plan draws criticism

Jun. 23, 2022 18:53 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Heat waves and drought gripping California highlight the urgency to slash fossil fuel use and remove planet-warming emissions from the air, a top state official said Thursday as discussions began on a new proposal for how the state will meet its ambitious climate goals....

Commonwealth heads call for climate action at Rwanda meeting

Jun. 23, 2022 12:49 PM EDT

KIGALI, Rwanda (AP) — Leaders of Commonwealth nations are calling for increased climate action at a meeting in Rwanda this week, ahead of the United Nations climate change summit in the seaside resort of Sharm El Sheikh in Egypt later this year. Climate change is a major concern...

UN biodiversity summit moved from China over COVID-19 policy

Jun. 21, 2022 06:51 AM EDT

BEIJING (AP) — A United Nations summit on biodiversity will be held in Canada instead of China, organizers announced Tuesday, the second major international event to be moved from China because of its strict anti-coronavirus policies. The U.N. secretariat for the Convention on...

Companies weigh in on proposed SEC climate disclosure rule

Jun. 17, 2022 13:49 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Securities and Exchange Commission moved closer Friday to a final rule that would dramatically alter what public companies tell shareholders about climate change — both the risks it poses to their operations and their own contributions to the problem. Public...

Biden hosts climate meeting amid high gas price pressure

Jun. 17, 2022 11:57 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Equating the oil and gas industry to Big Tobacco, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Friday that “fossil fuel producers and financiers have humanity by the throat.” But President Joe Biden wasn’t quite itching for a fight. With both...