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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...

President Donald Trump delivers the commencement address at the

AP FACT CHECK: Donald Trump and the audacity of hype

Feb. 22, 2020 8:33 AM EST

WASHINGTON (AP) — In their boisterous presidential debate, several Democrats sold short the health care plans of rivals or glossed over aspects of their own record. In an audacious league of his own, President Donald Trump celebrated the elimination of a tax that still exists and went deep and wide in...

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...

Activists: Colorado Climate Action Plan needs more rules

Feb. 21, 2020 1:50 PM EST

DENVER (AP) — Colorado lawmakers have promised more on climate than their policies can deliver, according to an analysis by the Environmental Defense Fund and Boulder-based Western Resource Advocates. The organizations commissioned the analysis by the consulting firm M.J. Bradley & Associates, which...

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...

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...

Montana regulators shield power company's coal contract

Feb. 19, 2020 2:56 PM EST

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — Utility regulators have agreed to shield details of a coal supply contract for the Colstrip Power Plant in southeastern Montana for now. The Montana Public Service Commission voted Tuesday in favor of a request from NorthWestern Energy, which argued the agreement contains trade secrets...

FILE - In this March 28, 2017 file photo, a dump truck hauls coal at Contura Energy's Eagle Butte Mine near Gillette, Wyo. After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a

After disastrous year, no 'new normal' for Powder River coal

Feb. 17, 2020 11:54 AM EST

GILLETTE, Wyo. (AP) — After the first round of major Powder River Basin coal layoffs and bankruptcies in 2015 and 2016, the buzzworthy response was Wyoming and Campbell County would have to adjust to a “new normal” for the commodity. The times of posting nearly 450 million-ton annual PRB...

West Virginia Senate passes solar bill with nods to coal

Feb. 14, 2020 2:11 PM EST

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Senate on Friday passed a bill encouraging power companies to use solar energy in a bid to lure businesses to the state. But they're making it clear that they don't want the coal industry to feel left out. The proposal, which would create a regulatory program for...

Ecologists hail freezing of funds for new Polish coal plant

Feb. 14, 2020 10:41 AM EST

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — A European group fighting climate change on Friday hailed the decision by two Polish energy companies to suspend financing for the construction of a new coal power plant. Climate Action network said suspension of funding for the Ostroleka C plant in eastern Poland should lead to the...