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Obama makes public health pitch for carbon rules

File: President Obama speaks about climate change at Georgetown University in Washington, Tuesday, June 25, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Josh Lederman | The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As governors, businesses and environmentalists brace for new limits on power plant pollution, President Barack Obama is casting his unprecedented effort to curb greenhouse gases as essential to protect the health and wellbeing of children. “I refuse to condemn our children to a planet that’s beyond fixing,” Obama said in his weekly ...

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Greenpeace activists removed from Arctic oil rig

Greenpeace in Libya , 2007. Photo by Salvatore Barbera Via Wikimedia Commons

STOCKHOLM (AP) — Norwegian police have removed Greenpeace activists from an oil rig which they boarded two days ago in a protest against drilling in Arctic waters. Police said they removed the activists without incident early Thursday on a request from the Marshall Islands, the flag state of the Transocean Spitsbergen drilling rig. The platform, operated by Norway’s Statoil, was ...

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Space-based power stations on the horizon

This computer graphic depicts a solar-power system in orbit around Earth, beaming energy to receiving antennas on the ground. While hurdles remain before space-based power generation becomes feasible, it could be a future power source. (JAXA)

By Mizuho Aoki | The Japan Times Space-based solar power could eventually prove to be an alternative source of electricity for Japan, as the country struggles to find the best energy mix to lessen its dependence on thermal and nuclear power. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) has been conducting studies in the hopes of erecting huge solar panels in ...

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Obama will let states decide how to cut greenhouse gas emissions

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WASHINGTON –President Barack Obama is about to unveil the centerpiece of his agenda to fight climate change, a much anticipated rule to slash the emissions of planet-warming gases from power plants. The president will call for major reductions, according to sources familiar with the planning, with each state given its own greenhouse gas emissions reduction target and the power to ...

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Editorial: New emission rules: Opposition growing ahead of roll out

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Bluefield Daily Telegraph (Bluefield, W.Va.) Lawmakers serving the region are taking renewed and necessary steps to promote clean coal technology. At the same they are correctly voicing opposition to the new and unprecedented emission rules the Obama administration is expected to roll out early next month that will directly impact coal-fired power plants. In addition to killing good-paying jobs and ...

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Cleaner air could mean higher electric bills

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By Jonathan Fahey for the Associated Press NEW YORK (AP) — Electricity prices are probably on their way up across much of the U.S. as coal-fired plants, the dominant source of cheap power, shut down in response to environmental regulations and economic forces. New and tighter pollution rules and tough competition from cleaner sources such as natural gas, wind and ...

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Connecticut agency closes on $30 million ‘green’ project deal

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Luther Turnell, New Haven Register ROCKY HILL — The state agency charged with financing renewable energy projects has closed on a $30 million deal to sell a portfolio of Commercial Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) transactions to a California-based speciality financing firm. The deal with Clean Fund will sell off the Connecticut Energy Finance and Investment Authority’s PACE portfolio in ...

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Crashes involving airplanes and wind turbines rare

Birds Flying near a wind turbine in North Dakota

ABERDEEN, S.D. (AP) — Federal data indicate that wind turbines are not a major cause of airplane crashes, a conclusion that doesn’t surprise a leading wind energy company. A National Transportation Safety Board database lists only two crashes in which a plane struck a wind turbine — one in Palm Springs, California, in 2001, and one near the South Dakota ...

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Turning toward the deadline: Minnesota Power set to reach renewable-energy mandate 11 years early

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By Candace Renalls  DULUTH, Minn. — Talk about meeting a deadline early. This year, Minnesota Power will reach the state mandated-requirement of producing 25 percent of its electricity from renewable energy sources. That’s 11 years early. With substantial investments in wind energy in recent years, the Duluth-based utility will reach that 2025 mandate by the end of 2014, Al Hodnik, Allete’s ...

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U.S. solar experts say IRS tax proposal little help to big projects

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WASHINGTON, May 13 (Reuters) – An attempt by the Obama administration to use tax breaks to boost solar energy businesses falls short of expectations among industry officials who were hoping to lure more investors for their projects, analysts and tax lawyers said on Tuesday. They said the proposal released on Friday by the Internal Revenue Service would do little to increase ...

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