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Albany joins New York communities opposing Bakken oil pipeline

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Albany has joined 25 other communities officially opposing the Pilgrim Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Albany to New Jersey refineries and return it as fuel products. The Common Council passed a resolution Monday night denouncing the proposed 178-mile pipeline as an environmental risk and public health danger. The measure isn’t legally binding. The line ...

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Showdown over federal coal leasing reform at Casper hearing

CASPER, Wyo. (AP) — Emotions ran high in a showdown Tuesday between environmentalists and the mining industry over coal-leasing reform and whether the federal government should increase how much it charges corporations to mine federal reserves. On one side, landowner advocates and environmentalists told a U.S. Bureau of Land Management public hearing that change is overdue — up to and ...

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Ohio gas prices up from a week ago

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — Gas prices around Ohio have increased from the same time last week. The state average was $2.25 in Monday’s survey from auto club AAA, the Oil Price Information Service and WEX Inc. The average price in Ohio this time last week was $2.16. Ohio’s price to start the week was slightly above the national average price ...

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Koch group puts another $2.2 million into Ohio’s Senate race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Political groups backed by billionaires Charles and David Koch are spending $7.7 million on television and online advertising in the Ohio Senate race — part of a broader plan to focus on the Republican-led Senate instead of the presidential race. The latest wave of ads in the matchup between incumbent Republican Sen. Rob Portman and Democratic former Gov. ...

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

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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NY utility workers want deterrent from attacks

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Utilities and their labor unions are asking New York lawmakers to make it a felony when anyone attacks utility workers. They say the legislation is necessary as a deterrent particularly for those in the field restoring lost power, who are at high risk of violence. Advocates say similar laws have been enacted in New Jersey, Massachusetts ...

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Albuquerque weighs getting more power from solar sources

Albuquerque, New Mexico, solar

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico’s largest city could be joining dozens of other communities around the nation that have set goals to get more of their electricity from renewable resources. Albuquerque city councilors on Monday are scheduled to take up a resolution that calls for getting at least 25 percent of the electricity used by city facilities from solar ...

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