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Editorial: Framework for clean power

The Clean Power Plan, unveiled by President Obama this week, seeks to alter the thinking of power companies. The president wants utilities, especially those more heavily reliant on coal-fired plants, to do a better job incorporating clean energy sources into their portfolios. In that way, the country would be in a stronger position to reduce its carbon emissions, the key ...

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Wyoming officials blast new power plant regulations

CHEYENNE – Wyoming leaders are vowing to block the White House’s new plan that seeks to combat climate change by requiring states to lower their carbon emissions. President Barack Obama announced the final version of the Clean Power Plan on Monday. The sweeping new regulations set a goal of reducing carbon emissions nationwide by 32 percent by 2030 as compared to ...

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ND delegation slams new power plant greenhouse gas limits

BISMARCK, N.D. — President Barack Obama’s effort to cut greenhouse gases from U.S. power plants is drawing sharp criticism from North Dakota’s congressional delegation. Sens. John Hoeven and Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Kevin Cramer say the new Environmental Protection Agency rules will drive up the cost of electricity at the expense of ratepayers and hurt the state’s economy. Hoeven says ...

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Canada PM not hopeful that Obama will approve Keystone pipeline

OTTAWA – Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper said on Wednesday he was not hopeful that the United States would approve the northern leg of TransCanada Corp’s controversial Keystone XL pipeline. Harper also told Bloomberg Television that if President Barack Obama did veto the project, which is currently under review, he was confident a future U.S. administration would grant approval. The ...

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Quiet on Keystone, Clinton faces sharper attacks from rivals

NASHUA, N.H. — Hillary Rodham Clinton dodged questions Tuesday about her positions on trade and the Keystone XL pipeline, telling a New Hampshire voter that if the future of the project opposed by environmentalists remains “undecided when I become president, I will answer your question.” Sensing an opportunity, Clinton’s rivals for the Democratic presidential nomination escalated their critique of the ...

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Proposed BLM regulations draw industry criticism

FARMINGTON — On July 10, the Bureau of Land Management announced proposed updates to its 25-year-old oil and gas regulations in an effort to help ensure states, tribes and taxpayers get fair royalty returns on resources taken from public lands. The proposed rule changes, announced Friday, will update the BLM’s “Onshore Oil and Gas Order Number 3 (Order 3),” which ...

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Nebraska lawsuit challenging oil pipeline to get hearing

OMAHA, Neb. — A hearing is scheduled Monday in the Nebraska lawsuit challenging a Canadian company’s efforts to build an oil pipeline across the Plains to the Gulf Coast. The landowners are challenging the validity of the state law that authorized TransCanada’s proposed route through the state for the Keystone XL pipeline. The proposed pipeline needs President Barack Obama’s approval ...

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