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Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

Delay of clean power plan stokes worries about Paris treaty

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and big energy companies lost an important round Friday in their effort to block a climate change lawsuit by young plaintiffs who contend the U.S. is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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Company sues feds over funds for Gulf oil leak

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The company responsible for a continuing oil leak that began a decade ago in the Gulf of Mexico is suing the federal government to recover more than $400 million that the company set aside for work to end the leak. New Orleans-based Taylor Energy Company’s lawsuit, filed Monday in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, says the government violated a ...

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EDITORIAL: Maine and Vermont’s Yankee connection: Nuclear shutdown, natural gas, dry casks


After a 42-year run, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor stopped sending electricity into the region’s grid on Monday. The reactor’s shutdown has implications for Maine’s electric ratepayers since it accelerates New England’s growing dependence on a single source — natural gas — for electricity, a phenomenon that has meant higher electricity prices this winter. And as attention shifts to the ...

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$11M deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) — Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. The Interior Department said Thursday that local water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado ...

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West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

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Felicia Fonseca | Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday ...

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U.S. plan to explore for Atlantic oil assailed

James M. O’Neill | The Record (Hackensack, N.J.) The Obama administration took a big step Friday toward reopening the Atlantic coast to exploration for oil and gas _ a move that was attacked by environmentalists and political leaders in New Jersey. On Friday, the federal government approved the use of sonic cannons to discover deposits under the ocean floor by ...

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Editorial: LNG export permits need faster time-table

The Beaumont Enterprise Editorial Staff The ExxonMobil Corp. wants permission from the federal government to build an export plant at its Golden Pass facility for liquid natural gas, so the feds have asked it to submit the paperwork. So far, so good. A proposal like this should be thoroughly studied. But 18 months? That’s how long the permit process is ...

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Inventor pushes solar panels for roads, highways

Nicholas K. Geranios | Associated Press SPOKANE, Wash. — The solar panels that Idaho inventor Scott Brusaw has built aren’t meant for rooftops. They are meant for roads, driveways, parking lots, bike trails and, eventually, highways. Brusaw, an electrical engineer, says the hexagon-shaped panels can withstand the wear and tear that comes from inclement weather and vehicles, big and small, ...

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