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Utah hearing on federal coal-leasing reform draws hundreds

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Coal miners and their supporters came out in force to a public hearing Thursday in Salt Lake City, blasting a moratorium on federal coal leases as the latest attack in a war on coal that unfairly blames fossil fuels for climate change and air quality problems. They also touted the industry’s vital economic contributions in Utah ...

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Full DC appeals court to decide on Obama carbon-cutting plan

WASHINGTON (AP) — The full appeals court in Washington will hear arguments in the legal fight over President Barack Obama’s plan to curtail greenhouse gas emissions, potentially accelerating the case’s path to the Supreme Court. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit issued an order Monday scheduling oral arguments on the legality of the Clean ...

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US proposes to cut methane emissions from oil, gas by nearly half

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration issued a final rule Thursday to cut methane emissions from U.S. oil and gas production by nearly half over the next decade as part of an ongoing push by President Barack Obama to curb climate change. The rule by the Environmental Protection Agency would reduce methane emissions from oil and gas drilling by 40 ...

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Kerry: US won’t block foreign business under nuclear deal

Kerry: US won't block foreign business under nuclear deal

NEW YORK (AP) — The Obama administration is trying to address Iranian complaints that U.S. financial regulations are denying Iran the sanctions relief it deserves under last year’s landmark nuclear deal. Meeting with Iran’s foreign minister on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry said the United States would not stand in the way of foreign banks or firms doing business ...

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AP source: Rule on offshore drilling aims to enhance safety

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is planning to issue a final rule designed to enhance the safety of offshore oil drilling equipment. The rule, expected to be announced Thursday, comes in response to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion, which killed 11 people and dumped millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. Federal investigators blamed a faulty ...

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Rising GOP star in West Virginia fight for coal against EPA

West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey is shown Thursday, March 3, 2016, outside the state Capitol in Charleston, W.Va. Morrisey's coal-dependent state is helping lead a lawsuit against President Barack Obama's new clean-power rules. In February the U.S. Supreme Court issued a stay of the rules until legal challenges are resolved. (AP Photo/John Raby)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — Patrick Morrisey, the West Virginia attorney general taking on President Obama’s clean power plan, is no stranger to the hot seat: He parlayed a love of tennis as a young adult into becoming a line judge at the U.S. Open and other tournaments, regularly standing up to second-guessing by irate players and fans. Fast forward to ...

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Lead US climate negotiator stepping down

Todd Stern, the Obama administration's Special Enjoy for Climate Change, addressed the challenges and the opportunities of working with China in the context of our broader climate and clean-energy policy. (Image: Center for American Progress via Flickr)

 WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration’s lead negotiator for last year’s global climate deal is stepping down. Todd Stern has been the State Department’s envoy for climate talks since 2009. His work culminated with last year’s Paris agreement designed to reduce carbon emissions and stem the effects of climate change. In a statement, Secretary of State John Kerry hailed Stern ...

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DHS using unpopular raids to curb border crossings

In this photo taken March 2, 2016, Dilsia Acosta holds her grandson Joshua in Durham, N.C. The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families. One of those unaccompanied children-turned-adults targeted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement is 19-year-old Wildin David Guillen Acosta. His mother, Dilsia Acosta, said her son came to the U.S. in June 2014 at the peak of a wave of immigrant children. His father, Hector Guillen, came to the United States illegally in 2005 and his mother followed in 2013. Wildin Acosta was arrested in January after a judge ruled that he should be deported. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration is openly stepping up efforts to find and deport immigrants who were part of the 2014 surge of illegal crossings by unaccompanied children and families. The politically fraught endeavor is a follow-through on a nearly 2-year-old warning that those immigrants who don’t win permission to stay in the United States would be sent packing. ...

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Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

Offshore plan closes door to new American energy opportunities

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent Petroleum Association of America (IPAA) President Barry Russell released the following statement on the next stage of the Obama Administration’s proposed five-year offshore oil and gas leasing program for 2017-2022: “Offshore energy production has and will continue to be integral to America’s energy future – for good-paying jobs, national energy security, and billions of dollars in ...

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In reversal, Obama administration to block Atlantic oil drilling

In reversal, Obama administration to block oil drilling in Atlantic

WASHINGTON (AP) — In a major reversal, the Obama administration said Tuesday it will bar oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a move cheered by environmentalists and consistent with the president’s aggressive steps to deal with climate change. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made the announcement on Twitter, declaring that the administration’s next five-year offshore drilling plan “protects the Atlantic for ...

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