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FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer 'Volkswagen', arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges related to the company's diesel emissions scandal, these ones related to alleged market manipulation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file)

Former VW boss Winterkorn faces trial on 2nd set of charges

Sep. 24, 2020 9:23 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — A German court has ruled that former Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn must face trial on a second set of charges in the company's diesel emissions scandal, this time accused of market manipulation. Thursday's announcement by the Braunschweig state court followed a decision earlier this month...

California Gov. Gavin Newsom speaks at a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, at Cal Expo in Sacramento where he announced an executive order requiring the sale of all new passenger vehicles to be zero-emission by 2035, a move the governor says would achieve a significant reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. California would be the first state with such a rule, though Germany and France are among 15 other countries that have a similar requirement. (Daniel Kim/The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool)

California is ready to pull the plug on gas vehicles

Sep. 23, 2020 10:02 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California will ban the sale of new gasoline-powered passenger cars and trucks in 15 years, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Wednesday, establishing a timeline in the nation's most populous state that could force U.S. automakers to shift their zero-emission efforts into overdrive. The...

FILE - In this Feb. 6, 2015, file photo, protesters prepare to take down a makeshift oil derrick that was set up in front of the California State Office Building to protest fracking in San Francisco. California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020, to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

California ban on fracking by 2024 criticized as too late

Sep. 23, 2020 6:28 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California Gov. Gavin Newsom moved Wednesday to end issuing new hydraulic fracturing permits by 2024, a delay criticized by many environmental groups but characterized as legally and politically realistic by another. "He can suspend fracking now, but he is punting to the...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, a VW ID.4 stands in front of the Frauenkirche on the occasion of a Volkswagen vehicle presentation on the Neumarkt in Dresden, Germany. Germany's Volkswagen is unveiling the ID.4, the battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP, File)

New SUV is next step in VW's post-scandal electric offensive

Sep. 23, 2020 6:22 PM EDT

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — Volkswagen is unveiling a battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. The ID.4 combines the battery drive...

FILE - In this Aug. 19, 2020, file photo, provided by the Michigan Office of the Governor, Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer addresses the state during a speech in Lansing, Mich. Gov. Whitmer on Wednesday, Sept, 23, 2020, called for Michigan to become

Whitmer offers 'carbon-neutral' climate plan for Michigan

Sep. 23, 2020 6:16 PM EDT

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday called for Michigan to become “carbon neutral” by 2050 in the fight against climate change, which would require steep reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and significantly greater use of renewable energy. The Democratic...

FILE - In this July 29, 2020 file photo, a VW ID.4 stands in front of the Frauenkirche on the occasion of a Volkswagen vehicle presentation on the Neumarkt in Dresden, Germany. Germany's Volkswagen is unveiling the ID.4, the battery-powered sport-utility vehicle that is headed for global markets including the United States and China, as the company takes a major step forward in its campaign to make electric cars a mass-market choice. (Sebastian Kahnert/dpa via AP, File)

Germany: 8 more charged in Volkswagen diesel scandal

Sep. 23, 2020 12:03 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — German prosecutors said Wednesday they have filed charges against eight more Volkswagen employees accused of involvement in the company's diesel scandal, which saw it sell cars fitted with software that let them cheat on emissions tests. Prosecutors in Braunschweig did not identify the eight,...

FILE - In this Nov. 28, 2019 file photo, smoke and steam rise from a coal processing plant in Hejin in central China's Shanxi Province. Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop pumping additional carbon dioxide, the main global warming gas, into the atmosphere by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020,  to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases and was immediately cheered by climate campaigners. (AP Photo/Sam McNeil, File)

China, top global emitter, aims to go carbon-neutral by 2060

Sep. 22, 2020 8:30 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Chinese President Xi Jinping says his country will aim to stop adding to the global warming problem by 2060. Xi's announcement during a speech Tuesday to the U.N. General Assembly is a significant step for the world's biggest emitter of greenhouse gases. Calling for a “green...

North Dakota leaders approve revisions to flaring policy

Sep. 22, 2020 7:59 PM EDT

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Industrial Commission on Tuesday approved a revised gas capture policy that aims to encourage investment in infrastructure but doesn’t change targets for burning excess natural gas at well heads. Current gas capture policy requires companies to capture 88%...

PUC approves largest green energy purchase in Maine history

Sep. 22, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — The Maine Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday approved 17 renewable energy projects for long-term contracts, representing in the largest procurement of renewable energy in Maine’s history. Based on the project bids, the projects would reduce greenhouse gas emissions by...

South Carolina wood pellet plant accused of air pollution

Sep. 22, 2020 12:33 PM EDT

RIDGELAND, S.C. (AP) — Environmental groups threatened to sue a wood pellet factory on Tuesday, accusing it of releasing more than 100 tons of air pollution a year in violation of the Clean Air Act. A legal notice filed against Jasper Pellets says the plant in Ridgeland is operating equipment without a...