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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

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California’s landmark cap-and-trade program to fight climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels would survive long past Gov. Jerry Brown’s time in office under a state proposal Tuesday. The initiative from the state’s Air Resources Board is part of a push by Brown’s administration to ensure that some of his programs to curb carbon emissions continue after Brown, a prominent figure globally ...

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Negotiators aim for sale to keep FitzPatrick nuke plant open

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ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Negotiations to save the FitzPatrick nuclear power plant from closure by selling it to the operators of a nearby nuclear plant on Lake Ontario are underway. Exelon said Wednesday it was in discussions to purchase Entergy Corp.’s FitzPatrick plant in Scriba, New York, which employs more than 600 people and produces enough electricity to power more ...

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Oil slump got you down? That light at the end of the tunnel just might be a Profoam truck

Profoam, spray foam insulation

It seems that every week we’re reading about another round of layoffs in the oil and gas industry. According to Houston-based Graves & Co., over 350,000 industry workers had lost their jobs since mid-2014. Some chose to retire, some entered other fields, and some, with an entrepreneurial spirit and a wealth of knowledge and experience in oil and gas, chose ...

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Dalrymple to decide how to deal with depressed budget

North Dakota budget, Dalrymple

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple is slated to decide Wednesday whether to call a special session of the Legislature to address the state’s ailing treasury in the wake of depressed oil and farm commodity prices. The Republican governor announced Tuesday in a statement that he would “outline options to resolve the shortfall” at a news conference ...

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The Latest: Large Montana coal plant to close 2 units

coal plant closure Montana

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — The Latest on an agreement to close two units at Montana’s Colstrip coal plant, which provides electricity to customers across the Pacific Northwest (all times local): 1:55 p.m. A large Montana coal plant serving utility customers across the Pacific Northwest has agreed to shut down two of its four units and limit how much it pollutes ...

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Duke Energy: $1.5M to electric-vehicle sites in lawsuit deal

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy is ready to spend $1.5 million to expand the number of electric-vehicle charging stations around North Carolina as part of a deal settling claims of illicit smokestack pollution. The country’s largest electric company is announcing Tuesday that it will make $1 million available to cities and towns wanting to install public charging stations for ...

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Thousands of Venezuelans stream over border to Colombia

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) — Tens of thousands of Venezuelans streamed across bridges into Colombia over the weekend after Venezuela briefly lifted a year-old border closure to allow people to buy food and medicine. Colombian authorities said 35,000 Venezuelans made the trip Sunday during the 12-hour border opening. The dramatic scenes of the elderly and mothers storming Colombian supermarkets were a ...

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