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Obama, world leaders urge action on nuclear security, terror

President Barack Obama and other world leaders meet during the opening plenary session of the Nuclear Security Summit, Friday, April 1, 2016, in Washington. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

WASHINGTON (AP) — World leaders declared progress in safeguarding nuclear materials sought by terrorists and wayward nations, even as President Barack Obama acknowledged the task was far from finished. Closing out a nuclear security summit on Friday, Obama warned of a persistent and harrowing threat: terrorists getting their hands on a nuclear bomb. He urged fellow leaders not to be ...

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Obama says climate rule on ‘strong legal footing’

ATHERTON, Calif. (AP) — President Barack Obama says he is very confident his administration is on “strong legal footing” in its defense of a key piece of his climate-change agenda. Obama is telling political donors in California that the Supreme Court’s decision to freeze a new rule reducing power plant emissions is only a temporary setback. The power plant rule ...

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Oklahoma AG praises ruling to block Clean Power Plan

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is praising the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to temporarily block President Barack Obama’s plan to cut power plant emissions. Oklahoma is one of 27 states suing to halt implementation of the Clean Power Plan. The Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to block enforcement of the plan while the litigation is pending. Pruitt, ...

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National parks face $12 billion backlog for maintenance work

FILE - In this June 2, 2013 file photo, the Jefferson Memorial is seen from the Washington Monument in Washington. As the National Park Service celebrates its 100th anniversary, it faces billions of dollars in delayed maintenance for projects ranging from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn’t sink into the Tidal Basin. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, but the system faces a multibillion dollar maintenance backlog that officials say is no cause for rejoicing. Long-delayed projects range from replacing water works at the Grand Canyon to making sure the Jefferson Memorial doesn’t sink into the Tidal Basin to improving roads at Yosemite National ...

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Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

In his latest effort to fight climate change, the Obama Administration announced plans to tax oil companies $10 dollars for every barrel produced. (Image: Joe Crimmings via Flickr)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected to be dead on arrival for the Republicans who control Congress ...

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Editorial: Why the federal budget bill is (mostly) good for the environment

The massive spending bill passed by Congress earlier this month contains myriad provisions. One thing it, fortunately, does not contain is language to block the Clean Power Plan, President Barack Obama’s administration’s policy to combat climate change by reducing pollution from power plants. Overall, the spending package is a mixed bag for the environment. On the plus side — in ...

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Wind-energy credit gives industry stability

A recently passed federal omnibus spending bill has good news for some groups including those who work in the wind energy industry. When President Obama signed the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016 into law Dec. 18, he signed into law all the amendments and special provisions. Those provisions include an extension of wind and other renewable energy credits. This is ...

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Feds help competing LNG projects, but could now also help Alaska gas exports

Gas tanker LNG in Alaska

JUNEAU — The U.S. Congress has reauthorized the Export-Import Bank of the United States, in an effort to boost trade by helping finance operations of American companies overseas. Among the projects the bank has assisted with billions in loans and other financing are liquefied natural gas export efforts in Australia and Papua New Guinea, ventures that target Asian LNG markets ...

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Oil export ban in play in final-stage talks on budget deal

FILE - In this May 9, 2012 file photo, a drilling rig is seen near Kennedy, Texas. The four-decade-old ban on exporting crude oil may end up getting lifted in a must-pass year-end spending bill lawmakers are scrambling to complete. Lifting the ban is a top ask for GOP negotiators working on the sprawling legislation. In return, Democrats are seeking various environmental priorities, including making permanent tax credits for solar and wind energy production. (AP Photo/Eric Gay, File)

WASHINGTON — Congressional negotiators and the White House closed in on a deal late Monday on a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill to stave off a shutdown, and a tax package extending dozens of breaks. In a Monday evening conference call among House Republicans, Speaker Paul Ryan said bargainers were close to agreements on the spending and tax measures that he ...

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