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EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

EPA drops proposed emissions limits affecting auto racing

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency has dropped proposed language from new vehicle emissions restrictions following concerns raised by auto racing. The new standards limiting climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions from medium- and heavy-duty engines had included pollution controls on vehicles modified for racing. Both auto racers and members of Congress objected to the proposed language, saying that complying would ...

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US wind energy output hit record in ’15, industry group says

US wind energy output hit record in '15, industry group says

BRIGHTON, Colo. (AP) — An industry group says wind energy generated a record 191 megawatt-hours of electricity last year, enough for 17.5 million homes. The American Wind Energy Association said Tuesday that wind produced 4.7 percent of the nation’s electricity in 2015. It says coal generated 33 percent and natural gas slightly less than that. The association released the statistics ...

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States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress, a spokesman for dam owner PacifiCorp said Monday. The dam removal is part of an announcement planned Wednesday in Klamath, California, by the governors of both ...

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US Congress backs court challenge to Obama’s climate plan

US Congress backs court challenge to Obama's climate plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than 200 members of the U.S. Congress are backing a court challenge to President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions. A brief filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington argues that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency overstepped its legal authority and defied the will of Congress by regulating carbon dioxide emissions. ...

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Lifting oil export ban part of spending bill

Lifting oil export ban part of spending bill

CARLSBAD — Among many policies and provisions in the 2016 spending “Omnibus” bill in Congress is a policy that would lift the ban on exporting oil, according to a news release and national reports. Lifting the ban on exporting oil would repeal restrictions on exports of products such as coal, petroleum products and natural gas. This would essentially allow producers ...

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John Boehner, behind the tears

WASHINGTON — The “regular guy with a big job” has seemed at the center of palace intrigue forever, a man to shake things up in the old days, to be plotted against on and off ever since. There was nothing regular about John Boehner’s rise and fall and rise and fall in the House, nothing constant except that tan and ...

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At L.A. summit, Biden says it’s time to ‘end debate’ on climate change

Vice President Joe Biden highlighted the importance of concerted government efforts to fight global warming during a swing through Southern California on Wednesday, championing investment in solar power and other renewable energy sources as a path to economic revival. Biden’s remarks, made at a solar-industry conference in Anaheim and a climate-change summit in Los Angeles, put a focus on what ...

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Report says ending ban wouldn’t hurt consumers at pump

WASHINGTON — A new government report concludes that removing restrictions on crude oil exports wouldn’t hurt consumers at the gasoline pump, and may even help them. The finding is providing ammunition to lawmakers seeking to pass legislation this year to end the restrictions. A Senate panel passed such a measure before Congress adjourned for its August recess. House Republicans are ...

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Democrats reintroduce ‘Frack Pack’ oil and gas regulations

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Four Democratic members of Congress are reintroducing bills to impose more stringent federal environmental regulations on the oil and gas industry. Colorado Rep. Diana DeGette’s FRAC Act would require public disclosure of chemicals used during hydraulic fracturing. A bill by Colorado Rep. Jared Polis would end exemptions to air pollution rules for the petroleum industry. Rep. Jan ...

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