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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...

In this Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020 photo, Chris Brophy, an engineer and assistant roundhouse foreman, with Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, makes adjustments to locomotive 493, the first D&SNG engine to be converted from coal to run on oil, before leaving the rail yard in Durango, Colo.,  for a test run to Cascade Canyon. (Jerry McBride/The Durango Herald via AP)

Coal-fired tourist trains converting to oil in Durango

Feb. 23, 2020 10:50 AM EST

DURANGO, Colo. (AP) — The Durango & Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad has debuted its first locomotive that runs on oil, a more environmentally friendly fuel source that holds less fire risk than a traditional coal-burning engine. For the past two years, the D&SNG’s crews have worked 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...

Bill would help retirement systems divest from fossil fuel

Feb. 22, 2020 3:40 PM EST

BOSTON (AP) — A bill that would make it easier for retirement systems to take their money out of fossil fuel companies is making its way through Beacon Hill. The legislation would allow independent retirement systems throughout Massachusetts to divest funds under their control from the fossil fuel...

Key Atlantic Coast Pipeline permit heads to Supreme Court

Feb. 22, 2020 10:24 AM EST

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — When plans for the 605-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline were first unveiled in 2014, supporters of the natural gas project brimmed with enthusiasm and promises. The pipeline would bring natural gas from West Virginia to growing markets in Virginia and North Carolina, and with it, would...

Farm workers and activists march along Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Friday, Feb. 21, 2020. Demonstrators are protesting Mexican President Andre Manuel Lopez Obrador's infrastructure projects, including a thermoelectric plant in Morelos state and the

Mexicans march to protest major infrastructure projects

Feb. 21, 2020 8:51 PM EST

MEXICO CITY (AP) — More than 1,000 people marched through the center of Mexico City on Friday in opposition to the government's largest infrastructure projects. The protest brought together unions, environmentalists, students and representatives of Mexico's indigenous peoples, a mix that would seem a...

In this Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020 photo, Rabbi Moti Rieber, executive director of the Kansas Interfaith Alliance, testifies against a bill to bar cities and counties from banning single-use plastic bags and straws, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Rieber says he's frustrated that lawmakers are considering such a measure and not having a meaningful conversation about climate change. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

As climate changes, activists struggle for Kansas' attention

Feb. 20, 2020 9:45 PM EST

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Environmentalists are struggling to get lawmakers to even discuss climate change as a serious issue in Kansas, where some leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature question the widespread scientific consensus that human activity is dangerously warming the planet. States such as...

Agency wants revision of DTE power generation strategy

Feb. 20, 2020 9:34 PM EST

DETROIT (AP) — A Michigan agency asked DTE Electric Co. on Thursday to revise its strategy for generating power over the next 15 years. The state Public Service Commission requested more information about alternatives such as wind and solar projects owned by the utility or third parties. It also urged DTE...

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, demonstrators against a proposed liquid-natural gas pipeline and export terminal in Oregon sit in in the governor's office in the State Capitol in Salem, Ore., to demand Democratic Gov. Kate Brown stand against the proposal. The Jordan Cove pipeline is undergoing a permitting process and would end at a proposed marine export terminal in Coos Bay, Ore. Members of a federal regulatory agency on Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020, delayed a vote on the project, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered. (AP Photo/Andrew Selsky, File)

US panel delays vote on Oregon pipeline amid process issues

Feb. 20, 2020 9:26 PM EST

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A U.S. regulatory agency on Thursday delayed a vote on a proposed natural gas pipeline and marine export terminal in Oregon, with one member saying greenhouse gas emissions and endangered species should be considered and blasting the decision-making process as “rotten.” The...

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,...