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  • DES MOINES, Iowa— The Texas company planning a crude oil pipeline that will cut across Iowa received the final federal permit approvals Tuesday needed to proceed with construction. Documents posted by the Iowa Utilities Board show the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers approved 60 river crossings in Iowa for Dakota Access, a decision pipeline opponents hoped to stop.

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- The top state prosecutors in New York and Massachusetts said on Tuesday they will refuse to comply with a subpoena from U.S. congressmen for details on their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks. The moves by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura...

  • NEW YORK, July 26- Valero Energy Corp, the largest U.S. refiner, expects to get hit with a half-billion-dollar bill in the second half of the year thanks to the rising cost of meeting government mandates to blend biofuels. For the full year, the company's cost to blend renewable fuels like ethanol will swell to between $750 million to $850 million, mainly to pay for the...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- New York state's attorney general on Tuesday said his office will not comply with a subpoena issued by U.S. congressmen for details on its probe of whether Exxon Mobil misled investors on climate change risks, saying it interferes with the state's "sovereign" interests. Earlier this month, the U.S. House of Representatives committee on...

  • A father shows his son the awful smelling algae hugging the shoreline of the St. Lucie River on July 11, 2016 in Stuart, Florida.

    There are several massive harmful algae blooms in the news, raising the question of what is making them more common.

  • TransCanada is behind the Energy East Pipeline project, a 4,600- kilometer pipeline, or nearly 3,000 miles, that would carry crude oil from tar sands in Western Canada to the East Coast, where it would then be shipped to refineries along the Texas Gulf Coast. Plans call for converting a natural gas line for part of the route and then building a new pipeline to...

  • District Judge Charles Breyer in San Francisco set an Oct. 18 hearing for final approval. Volkswagen also plans to offer a new proposal to fix 85,000 polluting 3.0 liter vehicles after regulators rejected an earlier plan, a Justice Department lawyer said on Tuesday. At the hearing, Justice Department lawyer Joshua Van Eaton said the German automaker had been...

  • A federal judge in San Francisco has granted preliminary approval to a $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal. The terms call for the German carmaker to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000 Volkswagens and Audi vehicles with 2- liter diesel engines and paying their owners an additional $5,100 to...

  • ALBANY, N.Y.— The New York and Massachusetts attorneys general are refusing to comply with congressional subpoenas seeking records about their investigations into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. In an escalating political fight over global warming, the chairman of the House Science Committee is pursuing records from...

  • WASHINGTON, July 26- Volkswagen AG plans to offer a new proposal to fix 85,000 polluting 3.0 liter vehicles after regulators rejected an earlier plan, a Justice Department lawyer said Tuesday. Earlier this month, the California Air Resources Board rejected, as insufficient, a plan to fix the vehicles, VW and Audi luxury cars from model years 2009-2016. At a court...

  • Droughts, heat waves and other "climate disasters" enhance the risk of war and conflict in parts of the world with "high ethnic diversity," according to a new study.

  • Sustainable Energy takes a look at some of the ideas – and attitudes – that could help to transform the way we think about air travel.

  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The United Arab Emirates might not seem like an obvious spot to begin and end a globe-spanning flight promoting renewable energy. One way is by backing the Solar Impulse 2 solar plane, which ended its groundbreaking round-the-world flight on Tuesday in Abu Dhabi and counts Emirati renewable-energy company Masdar among its...

  • —$12,500 to $44, 000: Range of values for the affected Volkswagen diesels before the scandal became public on Sept. 18, 2015. Owners who sell their cars back to VW would get the clean trade-in value as determined by the National Automobile Dealers Association depending on the model, age, mileage and options on their car. —$5,100 to $10, 000: Amount of additional...

  • Solar Impulse 2 makes its final approach for landing at Al Batin Airport in Abu Dhabi on July 26, 2016.

    The Solar Impulse 2 has landed more than a year after its initial take off, completing the first round-the-world flight powered by solar energy.

  • SAN FRANCISCO— A nearly $15 billion settlement over Volkswagen's emissions cheating scandal cleared a key hurdle Tuesday, with a federal judge giving preliminary approval to the deal that includes an option for owners to have the carmaker buy back their vehicles. The German carmaker has agreed to spend up to $10 billion buying back or repairing about 475,000...

  • The Group of 20 meeting may have had the spotlight in Chengdu, China, but the city's perennial stars are its giant pandas.

  • ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates— The world's first round-the-world flight to be powered solely by the sun's energy made history Tuesday as it landed in Abu Dhabi, where it first took off on an epic 25,000- mile journey that began more than a year ago. After landing the plane, pilot Bertrand Piccard was greeted outside the cockpit by his Solar Impulse partner and...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Aiming to develop new export markets for a fuel source hit by declining domestic demand, Wyoming Gov. Mead said he expects a conference will take place in Wyoming, the nation's largest coal-producing state, within a year that would allow Japanese researchers to work on coal issues with researchers from the University of Wyoming School of Energy...

  • BOISE, Idaho— An Idaho environmental group is accusing a nationwide plastic bag producer of violating federal laws on reporting toxic waste. The Idaho Conservation League announced Monday that it has notified Novolex, which has a plant in Idaho, that it must begin filing information to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's toxic-release inventory...