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Global energy leaders look to nitty gritty of climate accord

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Energy leaders from countries that pump out 75 percent of the world’s climate-changing emissions talked Thursday on the nitty-gritty of putting last year’s Paris climate accord into action, including funding the needed global technology overhaul. The annual gathering of energy leaders representing 23 countries and the European Commission was one of their first since December, when ...

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EPA: Coal-fired power plants need new pollution controls

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Federal regulators are requiring new pollution controls at Utah’s oldest coal-fired power plants to reduce haze near national parks. The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it would require new equipment to reduce nitrogen oxide emissions at Rocky Mountain Power’s Hunter and Huntington power plants in Emery County. Environmental and clean air groups cheered the EPA’s ...

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Washington limits carbon pollution from largest sources

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state regulators on Wednesday unveiled an updated plan to limit greenhouse gas emissions from large polluters, the latest attempt by Gov. Jay Inslee to push ahead with a binding cap on carbon emissions after struggling to win approval from legislators. Washington would join nearly a dozen states including California that have capped carbon pollution from industrial ...

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After an early wobble, US stocks close higher

U.S. stocks rebounded from an early slide Thursday, nudging the Standard & Poor’s 500 index and Nasdaq composite to their highest close of the year. Health care companies led the comeback. Energy stocks declined the most following a meeting of OPEC ministers that ended without an agreement on crude production cuts. A late-afternoon reversal delivered the second gain in two ...

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OPEC states fail to reach deal on production

VIENNA (AP) — OPEC countries failed Thursday to agree on measures to influence crude supplies and prices, in a missed opportunity to show the resolve that for decades let them set how much consumers and industries worldwide would pay for gasoline, heating and related necessities. At the same time, OPEC officials argued the cartel was alive and well, scoffing at ...

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Power blackout as French workers strike over labor bill

PARIS (AP) — Striking workers created blackouts by cutting power to a big electricity line in western France and occupied train tracks at a Paris railway hub Thursday as unions at nuclear plants and the national rail service protested the proposed abolition of some French labor protections. Workers have sector-specific demands, but are also tapping into months of widespread anger ...

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Global stocks, oil edge up as OPEC weighs output deal

MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Global stocks and the price of oil edged higher Thursday as OPEC countries discussed ways to control production and re-assert their influence over energy markets. Investors were also keeping an eye on the European Central Bank for hints on the economic outlook. KEEPING SCORE: Britain’s FTSE 100 was up 0.5 percent to 6,220 and France’s CAC ...

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Militants blow up Shell, Agip pipelines in Nigeria

WARRI, Nigeria (AP) — Militants blew up strategic gas and crude pipelines belonging to Shell and Agip on Saturday in an increasingly fierce campaign that has chopped Nigeria’s oil production in half, militants and residents said. A new militant group, calling itself the Niger Delta Avengers, reported in social media that they had dynamited the trunkline linking the Dutch-British Shell ...

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