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Senate candidate McGinty’s role in energy industry is questioned

Democrat Katie McGinty’s bid for U.S. Senate is being powered by a longtime commitment to clean energy and natural gas. But skeptics say the way she’s moved between the public and private sector puts her resume under a cloud. Ms. McGinty’s environmental credentials include advising former Sen. Al Gore and heading the Council on Environmental Quality during the Clinton Administration. ...

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Maine offshore wind project still faces money hurdles, despite federal grant

The $3.7 million federal award announced Monday to finish design work on Maine’s experimental offshore wind project will keep the state in the running for a new clean-energy industry, but obstacles remain to actually building a floating, deep-water wind farm. The biggest hurdle is for the state to win a full $47 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy, ...

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Higher oil supplies drive Ohio gas prices down

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COLUMBUS, Ohio — Good news for Ohio motorists as the holiday season gears up: Gas prices are hovering around the $2 mark. The state average was about $2.01 for a gallon of regular gas in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. That’s 19 cents cheaper than the average last Monday and 36 ...

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Wolf: December budget ‘more realistic’

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HARRISBURG — Al though the monthslong impasse over a state budget seems poised to end, a final spending plan probably won’t be enacted until December, Gov. Wolf said Monday. In a radio interview, the governor said he had hoped the deal would be complete by Thanksgiving — as he and legislative leaders said last week — but called “more realistic” ...

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Obama climate plan puts squeeze on coal state governor

HELENA, Mont. — Democratic governors are being squeezed by the mandate in President Barack Obama’s climate change plan to cut carbon-dioxide emissions — perhaps none more than Montana’s Steve Bullock, the one governor in a coal-producing state who faces re-election next year. The Obama plan puts a big target on Bullock’s back as he tries to avoid the fate of ...

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Water Gap man sentenced in $1 billion oil scam

A Delaware Water Gap man was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being convicted on federal fraud charges, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. Richard J. Harley, 71, was found guilty after a two-week jury trial in December 2014 on 23 counts of wire fraud, bank fraud, bankruptcy fraud and making false statements ...

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Environmentalists urge feds to enforce rules on power plant emissions cuts

Environmental advocates from as far away as Detroit gathered Thursday in Pittsburgh to urge federal regulators to enforce stringent rules on states that fail to write their own plans to meet requirements for reducing carbon emissions from power plants. Climate change driven by pollution from fossil fuel-burning plants will harm the planet if the Environmental Protection Agency does not curb ...

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IEA sees bear oil market as stocks balloon

LONDON – The world is awash with oil having built record stockpiles in recent months and slowing demand growth combined with resilient non-OPEC supply could worsen the glut well into next year, the International Energy Agency (IEA) said on Friday. “Stockpiles of oil at a record 3 billion barrels are providing world markets with a degree of comfort,” the IEA ...

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