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FILE - In this Dec. 18, 2019, file photo, Republican U.S. House hopeful Yvette Herrell of New Mexico waits for a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M. A March 2016 email from Herrell asked fellow Republican state legislators if they were interested in supporting U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz for president and if they would like to sign an attached endorsement card. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

New Mexico oil group, GOP House hopeful condemn candidate ad

Feb. 25, 2020 10:46 PM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A radio ad from a New Mexico GOP House candidate suggesting that her Republican oil executive opponent endorses “New Green Deal” policies pushed by liberal Democratic U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York is drawing strong condemnation. The ad paid by Yvette...

Oregon state Senate President Peter Courtney pauses after declaring in the state Senate on Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2021, that amid a boycott by Republican senators, not enough lawmakers were present to reach a quorum. The drastic move by Republicans in Oregon highlights how pitched the debate over how to respond to global warming is becoming, with the GOP saying leaving the Capitol was the only way to halt legislation they view as too extreme in a Legislature dominated by Democrats. Democrats warn that doing nothing at this point is too dangerous. In an interview with The Associated Press, Courtney, the longest-serving legislator in Oregon history, said he has not found a way out of the impasse and is broken hearted. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky)

Oregon climate battle: GOP walkout reveals sharp divisions

Feb. 25, 2020 5:53 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A rebellion by GOP politicians in liberal Oregon intensified Tuesday when Republican members of the House joined their Senate counterparts in a walkout, freezing legislation on climate change, wildfire mitigation, homeless assistance and a landmark compromise between the timber industry...

Consumers Energy plans net zero carbon emissions by 2040

Feb. 24, 2020 4:43 PM EST

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — Consumers Energy said Monday it plans to reduce carbon emissions to net zero over the next two decades by eliminating coal from its fuel mix and boosting use of renewable power sources. The announcement by the utility based in Jackson, Michigan, follows the release last year of a plan...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020 photo, heavy equipment is used to prep for work on the Western Spirit Transmission Line in Bosque, N.M. Critics fear the project's huge towers and miles of high-voltage lines will spoil their rural quality of life by obstructing pristine vistas, impacting wildlife and undermining tourism-related income and property values.   (Adolphe Pierre-Louis/The Albuquerque Journal via AP)

New Mexico counties, rural residents fight transmission line

Feb. 23, 2020 11:10 AM EST

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Officials in Two New Mexico counties and rural residents are standing up against a proposed transmission line that would connect the potential for more wind farms with markets in other western states. The five-member Valencia County Commission voted unanimously in January to...

Last smokestack demolished at former coal-fired power plant

Feb. 22, 2020 3:52 PM EST

SOMERSET, Mass. (AP) — The single remaining smokestack at Massachusetts' last coal-fired power plant has been demolished. A controlled implosion brought down the 500-foot (152-meter) smokestack in seconds at the former Brayton Point power plant in Somerset on Saturday morning. WJAR-TV captured photos and...

Committee endorses bill to require CMP to renegotiate lease

Feb. 20, 2020 9:25 PM EST

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Legislators voted to endorse a bill to require the state to cancel and potentially renegotiate a lease for Central Maine Power’s proposed $1 billion transmission project. The Legislature’s Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee voted 9-to-0 on the bill Tuesday,...

In this photo taken Wednesday Feb. 12, 2020, are solar panels on rooftops of a housing development in Folsom, Calif. When California finalized the nation's first sweeping rooftop solar mandate for new construction last year, advocates pictured a utopia of all homes being built with solar panels, turning the clunky panels into the new norm to help the state achieve state carbon neutrality. But those images of self-sustaining abodes may be dashed, supporters warn, if an electric utility in Sacramento wins a widely watched case on Thursday, Feb. 20, deciding how the new solar mandate will be interpreted. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)

California's solar mandate to allow homes without solar

Feb. 20, 2020 9:22 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Over the objections of environmentalists, California regulators approved a proposal Thursday to allow builders to construct homes without solar panels, a decision critics said undercuts California’s seven-week-old law that all new houses have their own solar power. At a...

Fracking debate causes tremors in battleground Pennsylvania

Feb. 20, 2020 4:38 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The notion of banning fracking is dividing the Democrats running for president and increasingly dividing Democrats in the presidential battleground state of Pennsylvania, where fracking has vaulted it to the No. 2 natural gas producer behind Texas. The divide was clear, again, on...

Democratic presidential candidates, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., right, speaks as former South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg looks on during a Democratic presidential primary debate Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, in Las Vegas, hosted by NBC News and MSNBC. (AP Photo/John Locher)

AP FACT CHECK: Dems' sticky health debate; Trump's rally

Feb. 20, 2020 3:23 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — Who's got the goods on health care policy? That question was an undercurrent in the feisty Democratic presidential debate as rivals stood accused of being lightweights who have done little more than put up Post-it notes or slideshows on the subject. Also in the Las Vegas debate, Mike...

FILE - In this file photo dated Thursday, April 6, 2017, a sticker is photographed on a helmet of an employee of Fessenheim's nuclear power plant opposing the closure, during a protest outside the EDF headquarters in Paris, France. A statement released Wednesday Feb. 19, 2020, that Fessenehim will close one of its reactors on upcoming Saturday, as the first phase of a shut-down at the plant.  Sticker on helmet reads,

France to shut down oldest nuclear complex by end of June

Feb. 19, 2020 7:27 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe said on Wednesday that the Fessenheim nuclear reactor, on the border with Germany, will be shut down at the end of June, with one of its reactors to be closed this weekend. A statement on Wednesday called the decision “the first phase” of...