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ND lawmakers react to Keystone XL Pipeline lawsuits

The Keystone Oil Pipeline is pictured under construction in North Dakota in this undated photograph released on January 18, 2012. TransCanada Corporation Handout Photo

Last week, the company that proposed the construction of the Keystone XL Pipeline, TransCanada, filed legal challenges to the United States’ rejection of the project. One of the lawsuits will seek more than $15 billion in damages. In November, President Obama vetoed the pipeline despite approval from both the House and the Senate. The administration claimed the project would undermine ...

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Kerry says Iran may be ‘days away’ from satisfying nuke deal

WASHINGTON — Secretary of State John Kerry said Thursday that Iran may be “days away” from complying with last summer’s nuclear deal, a step that would compel the U.S. and other Western nations to immediately suspend many sanctions on the Islamic republic. The landmark could usher in a new phase in the budding U.S.-Iranian rapprochement. Kerry told reporters he spoke ...

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Mining, water, carbon top Minnesota’s environmental agenda

MINNEAPOLIS — Major decisions on copper-nickel mining, a water quality summit and a push to reduce carbon emissions by Minnesota’s utilities will be among the top issues on Minnesota’s environmental agenda for 2016. Some of the debate will be very public, while much of the work on issues such as oil pipelines and wild rice will take place behind the ...

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Budget deal bill boosts oil exports, renewable energy

In this Sept. 5, 2015, photo, a pump jack pumps oil on a hill above Alexander, N.D, and the town's school. The U.S., seemingly awash in crude oil after an energy boom sent thousands of workers scurrying to the plains of Texas and North Dakota, will begin exporting oil for the first time since the 1973 oil embargo. (AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

WASHINGTON — Republicans are hailing the likely demise of a 40-year-old ban on crude oil exports, as well as spending limits imposed on the Environmental Protection Agency, a longtime GOP target. Democrats are cheering five-year extensions of tax credits for wind and solar energy producers and renewal of a land and water conservation fund that protects parks, public lands, historic ...

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Cheap gas spurs SUV sales and puts U.S. climate goals at risk

A car is filled with gasoline at a gas station pump in Carlsbad, California August 4, 2015. REUTERS/Mike Blake

WASHINGTON/DETROIT – Surging demand for trucks and SUVs fueled by cheap gasoline is holding back improvements in U.S. fuel economy and greenhouse gas emissions, a government report due out on Wednesday is expected to show. The disconnect between consumer demand for larger, less efficient vehicles and the Obama administration’s climate goals sets up a clash between the auto industry and ...

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White House sends Abbott assurances on Syrian refugees

DALLAS — Obama administration officials say their process for screening Syrian refugees is “extraordinarily thorough and comprehensive” in a letter sent to Gov. Greg Abbott after he said he opposed any settlement of refugees in Texas. The letter obtained by The Dallas Morning News lists the various steps of the screening and interview process for any refugees seeking to move to ...

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Kerry: US trying to speed up efforts to defeat Islamic State

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates — The United States is seeking new military, counterterrorism and diplomatic ideas to destroy the Islamic State group faster, Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday, acknowledging the difficulty in eliminating extremists who’ve exploited four years of chaos in the Middle East to become a global threat. He said greater military cooperation with Russia was ...

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