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  • MONTPELIER, Vt.— Vermont can breathe easy— it won't be required by new federal rules to lower power plant emissions. Vermont, Alaska and Hawaii are the only states exempted from rules the Environmental Protection Agency issued Monday that require other states to cut power plant emissions by 32 percent by 2030, said Chris Recchia, commissioner of the Public...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- Dreams that a cap-and-trade market could become a force for lowering carbon emissions died in the U.S. Senate in 2010, scuttled by politics and a bad economy. Northeast and California that already have carbon markets by giving them credit for their early actions. "To understate it, there has been a reticence to discuss cap and trade policies in...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- President Barack Obama challenged America and the world to step up efforts to fight global warming on Monday at the formal unveiling of his administration's controversial, ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from U.S. power plants. The Clean Power Plan is intended to be a key part of the president's legacy on global warming, which he pledged...

  • President Barack Obama delivers remarks on the Clean Power Plan at the White House in Washington August 3, 2015.

    President Obama unveiled his plan to tackle climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 3- President Barack Obama on Monday formally unveiled his administration's ramped-up plan to cut carbon emissions from power plants and declared climate change the greatest threat facing the world. Speaking to a friendly crowd at the White House a few months before international climate talks in Paris, Obama said the world may not be able to...

  • OBAMA SAYS IF WE DON'T GET CLIMATE CHANGE RIGHT, WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO REVERSE IT.

  • OBAMA SAYS NO CHALLENGE POSES A GREATER THREAT TO OUR FUTURE THAN CLIMATE CHANGE.

  • UNITED NATIONS, Aug 3- United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki- moon on Monday praised U.S. Obama's Clean Power Plan is a vital component of meeting a U.S. pledge on emissions cuts for the U.N. climate change summit in Paris in December. Obama's leadership on combating climate change was essential for encouraging other key countries to commit to securing a "...

  • Aug 3- Alpha Natural Resources Inc, one of the largest U.S. coal companies, became the latest in the hard-hit industry to seek bankruptcy on Monday. Walter Energy Inc and Patriot Coal Corp also filed for bankruptcy protection this year. Energy Future Holdings Corp, a power company that also has a large coal mining business, has been in bankruptcy since 2014..

  • Pollution power plant

    President Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than expected, here are the winners and losers.

  • DC's fight against climate change

    President Obama is unveiling the first-ever limits on power plant carbon emissions today. Brian Deese, White House senior advisor, discusses emission targets, and investments in cleaner sources of energy to fight climate change.

  • NEW YORK— Alpha Natural Resources Inc., one of the country's biggest coal producers, became the latest in a string of coal companies to seek bankruptcy protection amid an historic shift in the electric power sector brought on by cheap natural gas and stricter pollution regulations. Alpha operates about 60 coal mines, many in parts of Appalachia that have seen...

  • Pelosi said the pope's manifesto, which called for a bold cultural revolution, carried a moral authority with the power to directly shape public sentiment on the issue, and perhaps in turn influence members of Congress. The California Democrat and House minority leader made the comments as President Barack Obama prepared to unveil later in the day new...

  • FP&L is the state's largest electric utility, and NextEra operates in 26 other states and Canada. Now, NextEra is opening its own coffers to support Right to Rise, the super PAC formed to help Bush's bid for the presidency. Kristy Campbell, a Bush campaign spokeswoman, denied any conflict of interest in Bush's relationship with NextEra.

  • WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama is mandating even steeper greenhouse gas cuts from U.S. power plants than previously expected, while granting states more time and broader options to comply. The tweaks to Obama's unprecedented emissions limits on power plants, to be unveiled at the White House on Monday, aim to address a bevy of concerns raised by both...

  • To Cheryl Hendricks in parched California, it's simple: To put food on the table "we rely on agriculture." She and her husband are taking shorter showers and removing lawn in response to California's four-year drought, but for growers and ranchers "it's more important for them to have it. In California, for example, agriculture accounts for 80 percent of all water...

  • WASHINGTON, Aug 2- President Barack Obama will unveil on Monday the final version of his plan to tackle greenhouse gases from coal-fired power plants, kicking off what is expected to be a tumultuous legal battle between federal environmental regulators and coal industry supporters. The White House said its revised Clean Power Plan will increase the required...

  • METALS-Copper slips as China factory growth judders Sunday, 2 Aug 2015 | 8:31 PM ET

    MELBOURNE, Aug 3- London copper slipped on Monday on jitters over China's economic health, after factory growth stuttered in July and a central bank official said downward pressure on the economy would persist into the second half. *Growth at China's big manufacturing companies unexpectedly stalled in July as demand at home and abroad weakened, an official...

  • UNITED NATIONS, Aug 2- The United Nations 193- member states agreed on Sunday on an agenda for the world's sustainable development over the next 15 years that pledges to leave no-one behind and is now due to be formally adopted by world leaders at a summit in September. "The sheer size, the depth and the complexity of this agenda challenges all of us, challenges the...

  • CONCORD, N.H.— Plenty of raw electricity sloshes around in Quebec's rivers and reservoirs, promising relief for U.S. northeasterners, who pay the nation's highest power costs. But getting those electrons to smartphones and air conditioners in Boston, Hartford and New York City is another matter entirely. The six New England governors say reining in the costs is a...