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Report: Cheap natural gas leads to more plants and pollution

natural gas plant

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The nation’s boom in cheap natural gas — often viewed as a clean energy source — is spawning a wave of petrochemical plants that, if built, will emit massive amounts of greenhouse gases, an environmental watchdog group warned in a report Monday. The Washington-based Environmental Integrity Project said hydraulic fracturing of shale rock formations and other ...

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Washington considers nation’s first carbon emissions tax

The Centralia Power Plant "Big Hanaford" Is the sole remaining coal fired power plant in Washington State. Its twin coal boilers produce a combined 1340 MWe of power. (Image: Kid Clutch via Flickr)

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington could become the first state in the nation to impose a direct tax on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as coal, gasoline and natural gas. A ballot measure before the state Legislature would create a carbon tax of $25 per metric ton of fossil fuel emissions burned in Washington, while reducing taxes. Lawmakers have until ...

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New CO2 rules threaten North Dakota prosperity

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s “continued prosperity” is at stake and the state’s $4 billion lignite industry is in “mortal danger” due to new federal rules mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants, an industry official told lawmakers Tuesday. “The magnitude of this problem is greater than anything we’ve ever dealt with,” Lignite Energy Council President ...

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Ohio has big stake in energy debate

Ohio Statehouse

For two weeks in Paris, negotiators from more than 190 countries worked toward the historic agreement announced Saturday on commitments to lower greenhouse gases that scientists say are warming the planet and causing climate changes around the globe. In few places in the U.S. is this debate more relevant than in Ohio, which ranks fifth nationally in carbon dioxide emissions ...

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World climate accord hailed as turning point from fossil fuels

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius (C), President-designate of COP21, and Secretary of the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change, Christiana Figueres (L), attend the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) at Le Bourget, near Paris, France, December 9, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

PARIS – French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius presented a landmark global climate accord on Saturday, a “historic” measure for transforming the world’s fossil fuel-driven economy within decades and turning the tide on global warming. At the tail end of the hottest year on record and after four years of fraught U.N. talks often pitting the interests of rich nations against ...

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Sleepless, tense climate negotiators haggle over Paris deal

Oxfam activists wear masks of from left, U.S. President Barack Obama, Chinese President Xi Jinping, French President Francois Hollande, India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull as they stage a protest during the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference in Le Bourget, north of Paris, Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)

LE BOURGET, France — Sleep-deprived and increasingly tense, diplomats and climate negotiators outside Paris struggled Thursday to narrow down a 29-page draft of an unprecedented deal to tackle climate change— but countries remained at odds on critical issues a day before the organizers’ deadline for an agreement. Small island nations demanded firmer rich country promises to help cope with future ...

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UN officials warn of climate disaster if Paris pact fails

Representatives of Native American tribes pose for a picture duirng an event for media to draw attention on the indigenous lifestyle, in Paris, Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015. Negotiators adopted a draft climate agreement Saturday that was cluttered with brackets and competing options, leaving ministers with the job of untangling key sticking points in what is envisioned to become a lasting, universal pact to fight global warming. (AP Photo/Thibault Camus)

LE BOURGET, France — Talks on a universal climate pact shifted to a higher gear Monday with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon urging governments to set off an “energy revolution” to rein in heat-trapping carbon emissions and avert disastrous global warming. Foreign and environment ministers joined the talks outside Paris after lower-level negotiators who met last week delivered a draft agreement ...

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