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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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Job Service North Dakota cutting jobs, services statewide

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota’s employment agency announced Thursday it will cut 60 jobs and shutter seven of its 16 offices in the state to make up for a $4.1 million shortfall in federal funding. The cuts come amid weekly unemployment insurance claims that have jumped to record levels due to layoffs of seasonal workers and those who are losing ...

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Powerful replacement in works for climate-modeling supercomputer

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — One of the most powerful computers in the world dedicated to climate change, weather and other earth science research will be replaced in 2017 by an even faster machine, officials announced Monday. The Yellowstone supercomputer in Wyoming currently ranks among the 60 fastest in the world. The new supercomputer, to be named Cheyenne, will be at least ...

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Stopping natural gas leak near Los Angeles is a complex fix

In this Nov. 3, 2015, file photo, provided by Southern California Gas Co. shows equipment being used as SoCalGas crews and technical experts try to stop the flow of natural gas leaking from a storage well at the utility's Aliso Canyon facility near the Northridge section of Los Angeles. Residents who say the uncontrolled leak from a massive natural gas storage field is making them sick plan to speak at a Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors meeting Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, and demand a full investigation of the leak, its causes and possible solutions. (Javier Mendoza/SoCalGas via AP, File)

LOS ANGELES — A tricky fix is in the works to plug a massive gas leak from an underground storage well that has sickened residents of a Los Angeles neighborhood for 11 weeks. Gas company workers are drilling a relief well to intercept a leaking pipe from a natural gas storage field a mile and a half underground. The work ...

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Huge natural gas leak in Los Angeles still months from fix

FILE - In this Dec. 9, 2015 file photo, crews work on a relief well at the Aliso Canyon facility above the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. The escape of tons of natural gas from under a Los Angeles neighborhood is taking months to stop because of pressure from the leak. The leak at Porter Ranch started in October, and likely won’t be fixed for at least two more months. Officials have relocated several thousand residents who said the stench made them sick. (Dean Musgrove/Los Angeles Daily News via AP, Pool, File)

LOS ANGELES — The escape of tons of natural gas from storage under a Los Angeles neighborhood is not likely to be fixed for at least another two months because of the specific dynamics of the leak, according to officials. The leak at Porter Ranch, already several months old, has forced the relocation of several thousand residents who said the ...

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GOP presidential candidates go their own way on climate change

Presidential candidates go their own way on climate change

A tale of environmental suspense unfolded throughout 2015: Would nations finally reach a global agreement to fight climate change? Record drought and heat, wildfires, Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, President Obama’s Clean Power Plan and his photogenic trip to Arctic Alaska — all became plot points in the developing narrative. Then, on cue in the second week of December, ...

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Upside-down weather pattern across US linked to El Nino

Skiers and snowboarders ride a lift up a mountain on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at Snoqualmie Pass, Wash. A weather pattern that could be associated with El Nino has turned winter upside-down across the U.S. during a week of heavy holiday travel, bringing spring-like warmth to the Northeast, a risk of tornadoes in the South and so much snow in parts of the West that there are concerns about avalanches. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE — Astrid Rau just baked 16 kinds of Christmas cookies, including a batch in the shape of snowflakes. But she’s nevertheless having trouble getting in the holiday spirit, thanks to forecasts that have the temperature in her hometown of Perkasie, Pennsylvania, hitting 72 degrees on Thursday. “I associate cold with Christmas,” the 55-year-old says. “And if it’s warm it ...

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Britain follows Paris deal with cuts to green subsidies

Construction work is seen being undertaken at a field of solar panels near Andover in southern England May 3, 2013. REUTERS/Toby Melville

LONDON – Britain cut more renewable energy subsidies on Thursday, putting jobs at risk and drawing criticism for losing credibility in tackling climate change, a week after the landmark deal in Paris. Britain’s Conservative government has been reining in spending on all renewables subsidies since it took power in May, saying the cost of technology has come down sharply and ...

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ConocoPhillips capital budget cuts for 2016 largely spare Alaska

ConocoPhillips is one of the oil companies operating in Alaska, and a partner with the state in a planned natural gas pipeline

ConocoPhillips has laid out its global plans for the next year, with its base capital spending levels in Alaska falling — but its overall investment in-state remaining static due to a series of projects. In its 2016 operating plan unveiled Thursday, the firm — one of the “Big Three” oil companies operating in Alaska, and a partner with the state ...

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