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US involvement in Paris climate agreement in jeopardy after exec order

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President Trump delivered on a campaign promise today to roll back Obama-era climate change policy with a “much-anticipated” executive order. The order, called the “Energy Independence” executive order, directs the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to begin withdrawing Obama’s Clean Power Plan, which was intended to cut carbon emissions created by coal-fired power plants. The Clean Power Plan would have cut ...

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US appeals court hears arguments in Clean Power Plan case

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawyers for a coalition of states and businesses reliant on fossil fuels made their case Tuesday to a federal appeals court that President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail climate-warming greenhouse gases is an unconstitutional power grab. The Clean Power Plan, which aims to ratchet down carbon emissions from coal-burning power plants, has been challenged by more than ...

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Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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West Virginia officials: State law hinders carbon compliance

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia officials say a 2015 state law prohibits using the least harmful option to meet federal carbon pollution regulations at coal-fired power plants. In Thursday’s study, the Department of Environmental Protection said lawmakers should change the law to permit trading carbon allowances with other states and measuring emissions by mass, instead of by rate. A ...

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Hickenlooper: If Colorado doesn’t regulate its air, EPA might

The Milky Way seen from the crisp and clean air of Colorado state. (Image: Max and Dee Bernt via Flickr)

DENVER (AP) — Gov. John Hickenlooper warned Thursday that withholding funds for state air quality regulators could prompt the federal government to step in with a heavier hand. The Democratic governor’s comments came amid a dispute with Republican lawmakers over whether Colorado should continue developing rules to comply with the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan. In February, the U.S. Supreme Court ...

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McConnell: Obama climate plan hinges on next president

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A Supreme Court ruling that delays a key element of President Barack Obama’s strategy to fight climate change will likely push a final decision on the issue to the next president, the Senate’s Republican leader said Monday as he urged the nation’s 50 governors to continue a “wait-and-see” approach on Obama’s plan. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell ...

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Murray Energy idling West Virginia coal mine

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A large West Virginia underground coal mine owned by Murray Energy is halting production for nearly two weeks, and the rest of the company’s mines are running on part-time schedules due to reduced demand from electric utilities, the company’s chairman and CEO said Wednesday. The Marion County mine will be idled until at least March 7, ...

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Dalrymple to meet with EPA chief to discuss CO2 standards

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple plans to meet with EPA officials to discuss CO2 emissions. The EPA Clean Power Plan has been met with resistance and is considered unnecessary federal overreach.

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — Gov. Jack Dalrymple said he will meet with the head of the Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., on Sunday to discuss the agency’s proposed carbon emissions standards for existing coal-based power plants. Dalrymple is meeting with EPA administrator Gina McCarthy to encourage the agency to reconsider its approach to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions from ...

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