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Labor, green groups team up to push for clean energy in NY

clean energy

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A coalition of labor union members and environmental groups is coming to Albany to push state leaders to adopt a more aggressive response to climate change. The group said Wednesday’s rally is in support of stronger, enforceable energy standards to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy sources. Hector Figueroa, president of 32BJ Service Employees International ...

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Judge again dismisses lawsuit against fracking opponents

fracking

BUTLER, Pa. (AP) — A judge has again dismissed a lawsuit that landowners filed against people and groups who oppose fracking in a western Pennsylvania township. Natural gas drilling has been delayed in Middlesex, Butler County while some of the rural community’s 800 residents challenge a zoning ordinance that would allow drilling in 90 percent of the rural township. Dewey ...

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Hearing set in Mandan on proposed $153 million wind farm

Mandan, wind farm

MANDAN, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota’s Public Service Commission is holding a public hearing in Mandan on a proposed $153 million wind farm and associated electric transmission line in Oliver and Morton counties. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources is planning a wind farm of up to 48 turbines and associated facilities on about 34 square miles in northeastern Morton ...

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Burgum’s business background promises prosperity for North Dakota

Doug Burgum

Doug Burgum’s commitment to community is moving statewide. The Fargo-based entrepreneur and philanthropist is running for North Dakota governor and promises to create an environment that’s welcoming to business. One area he will focus on is the energy industry. “Growing up, I was told we were going to run out of oil,” Burgum said. “There was an oil crisis shortly ...

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Oil prices set for fourth-straight monthly gain

oi prices

The price of oil is on track to set its longest run of monthly gains in five years. Futures were up Tuesday morning in New York, paving the way for a fourth-straight monthly advance. Oil production has been disrupted in several different countries in recent months. Nigeria’s oil production is down 50 percent after a series of militant attacks. In ...

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UK council approves fracking; environmentalists vow to fight

fracking

LONDON (AP) — A council has granted the first fracking license to be issued in England for five years, but environmental groups are vowing to fight on against the use of the technology. Fracking was approved near the village of Kirby Misperton, 250 miles (400 kilometers) north of London, despite opposition to the controversial gas extraction technique. Groups including Friends ...

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