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Swedes don't know if pipeline ruptures damaged power cable

Sep. 30, 2022 06:12 AM EDT

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (AP) — Swedish officials do not yet know if an undersea power cable that runs between southern Sweden and Poland was damaged when the Nord Stream gas pipelines some 500 meters (547 yards) away ruptured in what Western officials suspect was an act of sabotage. ...

EU ministers adopt windfall levy, no deal on gas price cap

Sep. 30, 2022 05:41 AM EDT

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union energy ministers on Friday adopted a package of measures to soothe the energy crisis, including a windfall levy on profits by fossil fuel companies, but a deal on capping gas prices remained off the table. With energy prices skyrocketing across Europe...

Inflation hits record 10% in 19 EU countries using euro

Sep. 30, 2022 05:27 AM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Inflation in the European countries using the euro currency has broken into double digits as prices for electricity and natural gas soar, signaling a looming winter recession for one of the globe's major economies as higher prices undermine consumers' spending power. ...

Methane blast in Baltic Sea highlights global problem

Sep. 30, 2022 03:20 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — As serious as the methane escaping from ruptured pipelines on the floor of the Baltic Sea may be, there are alarming incidents of massive methane releases around the world frequently. Climate scientists have found that methane emissions from the oil and gas...

Small protests appear in Havana over islandwide blackout

Sep. 30, 2022 00:15 AM EDT

HAVANA (AP) — A few hundred Cubans took to the streets Thursday night in Havana demanding the restoration of electricity, protesting more than two days after a blackout hit the entire island following the passage of Hurricane Ian. An Associated Press journalist saw a total of about...

Ex-PG&E execs to pay $117M to settle lawsuit over wildfires

Sep. 29, 2022 21:53 PM EDT

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Former executives and directors of Pacific Gas & Electric have agreed to pay $117 million to settle a lawsuit over devastating 2017 and 2018 California wildfires sparked by the utility's equipment, it was announced Thursday. The settlement was announced...

US proposal would permit eagle deaths as renewables expand

Sep. 29, 2022 20:59 PM EDT

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Biden administration on Thursday proposed a new permitting program for wind energy turbines, power lines and other projects that kill eagles, amid growing concern among scientists that the rapid expansion of renewable energy in the U.S. West could harm golden eagle...

In one tiny German town, nobody worries about energy bills

Sep. 29, 2022 20:42 PM EDT

FELDHEIM, Germany (AP) — Europeans are opening their energy bills with trepidation these days, bracing for hefty price hikes as utility companies pass on the surging cost of natural gas, oil and electricity tied to Russia's war in Ukraine. Many are trying to conserve by turning down the heat and...

Editorial Roundup: New York

Sep. 29, 2022 13:45 PM EDT

New York Post. September 27, 2022. Editorial: If Hochul really wanted to crusade against fraud, she’d be ordering an investigation into... herself Gov. Kathy Hochul’s latest attempt to portray herself as a ruthless crusader for honesty and efficiency is weak stuff...

Russia's nuclear trade with Europe flows despite Ukraine war

Sep. 29, 2022 10:54 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — While the European Union has agreed to curtail its use of Russian oil and gas, its member nations continue to import and export nuclear fuel that is not under EU sanctions — to the chagrin of the Ukrainian government and environmental activists. A cargo ship...