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Governors turn to budgets to guard against climate change

Jan. 15, 2022 11:37 AM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Their state budgets flush with cash, Democratic and Republican governors alike want to spend some of the windfall on projects aimed at slowing climate change and guarding against its consequences, from floods and wildfires to dirty air. Democratic...

As spending bill stalls, Biden climate goals remain elusive

Jan. 08, 2022 13:15 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Joe Biden faces a steep path to achieve his ambitious goal of slashing planet-warming greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030, amid legislative gridlock that has stalled a $2 trillion package of social and environmental initiatives. Biden’s Build...

State to replace 43 diesel buses with VW settlement funds

Dec. 22, 2021 14:24 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Forty-three diesel school buses across Connecticut are being replaced with new electric buses, funded by $12.7 million the state received from a legal settlement with Volkswagen Corp. following an emissions cheating scandal. The new buses will operate in...

New Mexico governor seeks low-carbon fuel standard

Dec. 20, 2021 16:57 PM EST

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico's Democratic governor on Monday renewed her call for state legislators in the major oil producing state to approve requirements for fuel producers to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham said in a statement that “New Mexico...

Biden boosts fuel-economy standards to fight climate change

Dec. 20, 2021 14:06 PM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major step to fight climate change, the Biden administration is raising vehicle mileage standards to significantly reduce emissions of planet-warming greenhouse gases, reversing a Trump-era rollback that loosened fuel efficiency standards. A final rule issued...

Oregon OKs ‘more aggressive’ climate protection program

Dec. 16, 2021 20:34 PM EST

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Environmental Quality Commission has OK’d a new Climate Protection Plan for the state that targets a 90% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from transportation fuels and natural gas by 2050. The commission’s 3-1 vote comes after years of...

Lamont signs sweeping order on climate change, pollution

Dec. 16, 2021 14:33 PM EST

HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont signed a sweeping executive order aimed at reducing pollution and addressing climate change Thursday, a month after pulling back his support of a regional climate initiative amid concerns it would further increase gas prices. Under...

Lawmakers lack votes to halt Wolf's carbon-pricing plan

Dec. 15, 2021 18:49 PM EST

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The Republican-controlled state House of Representatives voted Wednesday to block the centerpiece of Gov. Tom Wolf's plan to fight climate change, a cap-and-trade program to clamp down on carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, although the chamber for now lacks the...

EPA: Clean up air pollution from New Orleans-area plant

Dec. 14, 2021 17:56 PM EST

CHALMETTE, La. (AP) — Federal regulators have announced plans to make Louisiana and a suburban New Orleans fuel plant clean up emissions that have violated air quality standards since at least 2013. The Environmental Protection Agency says a plant owned by Rain CII Carbon LLC of...

Vehicle emission declines decreased deaths, study finds

Dec. 13, 2021 15:18 PM EST

Researchers say that thousands of lives and hundreds of billions of dollars have been saved in the United States by recent reductions in emissions from vehicles. Harvard University researchers who study the environment and public health examined the impact of declines in emissions...