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  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The U.S. power sector's shift toward burning less coal and using more natural gas and renewable energy will not be derailed by the Supreme Court ruling against the Obama administration's limits on carbon emissions, state regulators and utilities said on Wednesday. The U.S. Supreme Court decided 5-4 on Tuesday to block the Environmental...

  • The challengers say the EPA has no authority under the 1970 Clean Air Act to expand its regulation of power plants outside the facilities themselves. Jeff Holmstead, a lawyer representing the coal industry in the legal challenge, said that the provision of the Clean Air Act the EPA is focusing on has only been used previously to set air pollution standards for...

  • CHICAGO, Feb 10- Bankrupt coal miner Arch Coal Inc has reached a deal with the state of Wyoming that will provide it with temporary relief from liability for millions of dollars in future cleanup costs for coal mines, according to court documents. Arch said in a court filing that the state of Wyoming and the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality have agreed...

  • NEW ORLEANS— Louisiana's U.S. senators and environmental groups are blasting the White House for proposing to help Alaska deal with rising seas by taking money away from similar efforts along the Gulf Coast. In its proposed budget for 2017, the White House said Tuesday that it wanted to repeal a 2006 provision that establishes a formula for sharing revenues...

  • CHEYENNE, Wyo.— Wyoming regulators have reached a deal with Arch Coal to accept up to $75 million in place of the company's $486 million in bonding obligations in the state while the company goes through Chapter 11 bankruptcy. Among Arch's two active mines in Wyoming is Black Thunder, one of the world's largest coal complexes. For years, an ongoing agreement...

  • LOS ANGELES— The Latest on a proposal by the powerful California Coastal Commission to fire its top executive. Hundreds of people packed a meeting Wednesday of the 12- member California Coastal Commission, which is considering whether to replace Executive Director Charles Lester. The 12- member California Coastal Commission is expected to consider the...

  • WASHINGTON— The Obama administration asserted Wednesday that a Supreme Court order delaying enforcement of its new clean-power rules will ultimately have little impact on meeting the nation's obligations under the recent Paris climate agreement. They are concerned that any significant pause in implementing mandated reductions in carbon dioxide...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The American Fuel& Petrochemical Manufacturers said on Wednesday it has filed a lawsuit challenging the U.S. environment regulator's biofuels policy, the latest industry body to join a legal battle over the controversial program. The organization, which represents oil companies, said the petition to the U.S. Court of Appeals is targeting the...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 10- The White House promised on Wednesday that it would be able to uphold U.S. commitments to an international climate change agreement, as a court ruling heightened concerns about the stability of the global carbon reduction pact reached last year. While the Clean Power Plan was expected to be the main tool for the United States to fulfill its...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to block federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions failed to give a sustained boost to shares of the long-battered coal sector on Wednesday. After initially trading higher, Consol Energy Inc stock slipped 2.3 percent, and Peabody Energy Corp fell 0.9 percent. The states, led by coal producer West...

  • ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE, Feb 10- The White House said on Wednesday it was confident it would be able to meet its obligations under the Paris climate change agreement, despite the Supreme Court's ruling temporarily blocking the administration's plan to curb carbon emissions from power plants.

  • President Barack Obama' s budget would raise $319 billion over 10 years from the phased introduction of an oil fee equivalent to $10.25 per barrel on crude oil, according to budget documents published on Tuesday. The Office of Management and Budget has not shared its revenue-modelling assumptions or proposal for how the fee would be administered.

  • LOS ANGELES— The powerful agency that manages development on California's coastline considered whether to fire its chief executive Wednesday as it faced a packed room of sign-holding supporters who want him kept on the job. Hundreds of people filled a meeting room to capacity, with scores more outside, in what amounted to a striking show of support for Charles...

  • NEW YORK, Feb 10- Long-battered shares of coal companies jumped on Wednesday after the U.S. Supreme Court put on hold federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions mainly from coal-fired power plants. The court's 5-4 ruling on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama, by blocking the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to...

  • Climate change could extend your flight.

    The effects of climate change could delay transatlantic flights, according to new research.

  • WASHINGTON— The administration of President Barack Obama is vowing to press ahead with efforts to curtail greenhouse gas emissions after a divided Supreme Court put his signature plan to address climate change on hold until after legal challenges are resolved. White House spokesman Josh Earnest said the administration's plan is based on a strong legal and...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. The states, led by coal producer West Virginia and oil producer Texas, and several major business...

  • WASHINGTON, Feb 9- The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama by blocking federal regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions from power plants, the centerpiece of his administration's strategy to combat climate change. On a 5-4 vote, the court granted a request made by 27 states and various companies and business groups...

  • Supreme Court puts Obama's Clean Power Plan on hold Tuesday, 9 Feb 2016 | 6:24 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— A divided Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to halt enforcement of President Barack Obama's sweeping plan to address climate change until after legal challenges are resolved. "We disagree with the Supreme Court's decision to stay the Clean Power Plan while litigation proceeds," White House spokesman Josh Earnest said in a statement.

  • FRESNO, Calif.— A new state report shows California farmers reaping record sales despite the epic drought, thriving even as city-dwellers have been forced to conserve water, household wells have run dry and fish have died. Experts cite two key reasons for California farms' strong showing even in dry times: a California almond boom fed by surging demand from China...