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UN agency proposes greenhouse gas emissions rules for planes

WASHINGTON (AP) — A U.N. panel on Monday proposed long-sought greenhouse gas emissions standards for airliners and cargo planes, drawing praise from the White House and criticism from environmentalists who said they would be too weak to actually slow global warming. The International Civil Aviation Organization said the agreement reached by the agency’s environmental panel requires that new aircraft designs ...

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Timing is everything: Obama’s budget same day as NH primary

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The main thing to know about President Barack Obama’s final, $4 trillion budget is that it comes on the same day as the New Hampshire primary, ensuring it gets minimal attention with all the focus on the White House contenders. The timing cements the impression that Obama realizes a Republican-led Congress is unlikely to embrace his spending ...

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Obama seeks $10-per-barrel oil tax to fund clean transport

In his latest effort to fight climate change, the Obama Administration announced plans to tax oil companies $10 dollars for every barrel produced. (Image: Joe Crimmings via Flickr)

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama wants oil companies to pay a $10 fee for every barrel of oil to help fund investments in clean transportation that fight climate change. Obama will formalize the proposal Tuesday when he releases his final budget request to Congress. The $10-per-barrel fee is expected face solid opposition from Republicans who control Congress and oppose new ...

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States seek court delay in enforcement of Clean Power Plan

WASHINGTON — A coalition of 25 states opposing President Obama’s plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is asking the Supreme Court to stop the new regulations from taking effect until after their legal challenge is resolved. West Virginia and Texas are leading the group of largely Republican states that on Tuesday asked the high court to immediately bar the Environmental ...

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Global policymakers seek to reassure after market turbulence

Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund Christine Lagarde, left, gestures while Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne listens during a panel"The Global Economic Outlook"at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016. World leaders are holding a flurry of diplomatic meetings at the World Economic Forum and worried CEOs are debating about how to deal with this year's volatile markets and low oil prices.(AP Photo/Michel Euler)

DAVOS, Switzerland — At the end of another turbulent week in financial markets, leading global policymakers sought Saturday to ease concerns over the economic outlook for 2016 and insisted that the slowdown in China is a natural turn for an economy in transition. A high-level panel of finance officials held on the last day of the World Economic Forum in ...

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US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

US seeks to limit methane gas flaring at drilling sites

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Friday proposed new rules to clamp down on oil companies flaring natural gas on public land, arguing the effort will reduce waste and harmful methane emissions as part of President Barack Obama’s bid to curb climate change. Energy companies frequently “flare” or burn off vast supplies of natural gas at drilling sites because it does ...

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Lawmakers review jobs, projects in California energy measure

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — California officials have approved $1.1 billion in spending so far from a voter-approved initiative that closed a corporate tax loophole to generate billions of dollars for energy efficiency projects at California schools and community colleges, but most of the work is not completed, senators learned at a hearing Wednesday. The vast majority of spending from Proposition 39, ...

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Bill would prohibit Washington agency from setting carbon cap

SEATTLE — A new bill takes aim at Gov. Jay Inslee’s carbon policies by prohibiting state regulators from adopting rules that limit greenhouse gas emissions without legislative direction. The measure, sponsored by Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, targets the Democratic governor’s ability to take executive action on the issue. After failing to get legislation passed on his cap-and-trade plan last year, ...

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APNewsBreak: Coal lease suspension affects 30-plus mining projects

In this April 4, 2013 photo, coal is loaded onto hopper cars at the Spring Creek Mine near Decker, Mont. At least 30 applications from companies seeking to mine hundreds of millions of tons of coal face suspension as the government reviews its sales of the fuel from public lands, U.S. officials disclosed Friday, Jan. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

BILLINGS, Mont. — At least 30 applications from companies seeking to mine hundreds of millions of tons of coal face suspension as the government reviews its sales of the fuel from public lands, U.S. officials disclosed Friday. The coal leasing program is on hold for up to three years while the Interior Department reviews fees paid by mining companies and ...

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Western Energy Alliance Responds to Pres. Obama’s Address

DENVER – In his final State of the Union address, President Barack Obama reaffirmed his go-it-alone posture on key issues, including energy production and the environment. The president will continue side-stepping Congress by using executive actions to implement his climate change goals, which include rules targeting oil and natural gas producers across the West. Tim Wigley, president of Western Energy ...

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