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  • LOS ANGELES, Sept 19- The University of California voted on Friday to maintain its investments in fossil fuels, frustrating a student-led effort to divest its portfolio in oil, natural gas and coal.

  • Calif. teachers fund to boost clean energy bets Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:16 PM ET

    The California State Teachers' Retirement System says it plans to increase its investments in clean energy and technology to $3.7 billion, from $1.4 billion, over the next five years. CalSTRS CEO Jack Ehnes says the pension fund is seeing more opportunities in low-carbon projects and technologies.

  • Governor: Montana can cut carbon, keep jobs Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 1:07 PM ET

    Steve Bullock said Friday that Montana can meet the Obama administration's goal of reducing climate pollution while protecting energy-related jobs and avoiding the closure of coal plants that generate the bulk of the state's emissions.

  • PG&E emails may have violated rules, judge says Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 11:36 AM ET

    SAN FRANCISCO— California's largest utility may have violated state rules when it negotiated with state regulators to have a favorable judge appointed to hear one of the utility's rate cases, a judge with the state's public utilities commission says.

  • NYC Council announces climate-change legislation Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 10:23 AM ET

    NEW YORK— New York's City Council proposed a package of bills Friday to slash greenhouse gas emissions, shrink the carbon footprint of city operations and reduce the number of cars on the road. The legislation, which builds on environmental initiatives undertaken over the past decade, was announced ahead of next week's United Nations climate summit.

  • Alec Baldwin passionate about green energy Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 12:32 AM ET

    NEW YORK— Alec Baldwin says he is passionate about green energy and is hoping next week's U.N. climate summit brings home to Americans that the United States has fallen behind other countries in promoting wind and solar power.

  • Agency can look at rig owner's role in oil spill Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:55 PM ET

    Transocean owned the Deepwater Horizon rig that was drilling for BP PLC at its Macondo well, about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast when an explosion killed 11 workers and led to the nation's worst offshore oil spill. Transocean officials did not immediately respond to messages seeking comment.

  • Obama to tout U.S. climate plan at U.N. summit Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:52 PM ET

    WASHINGTON, Sept 18- President Barack Obama will highlight strides the United States has made on climate change when he addresses a major U.N. climate summit next week, senior administration officials said on Thursday.

  • At UN, Obama to urge nations to go big on climate Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 5:22 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— Having spent political capital fighting climate change at home, President Barack Obama will turn his sights overseas next week, urging fellow heads of state to be as ambitious as possible as they negotiate a make-or-break global treaty to be finalized in Paris next year.

  • Sept 18- Oil and gas producer Range Resources has been fined more than $4 million for environmental violations in Pennsylvania, state environmental authorities said on Thursday, the largest fine leveled against a shale gas operator in the state.

  • The headwinds faced by China's massive steel sector- falling profit margins and growing dependence on handouts- are shared by other key industrial and infrastructure-related sectors, including aluminium, cement and coal.

  • Range Resources to pay $4M drilling waste fine Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 3:10 PM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Energy company Range Resources said Thursday it has agreed to pay a $4.15 million fine for environmental violations at a western Pennsylvania site that handled natural gas drilling waste.

  • Oil executive in North Dakota dumping plea deal Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:44 PM ET

    BISMARCK, N.D.— An oil executive accused of dumping toxic drilling liquid and endangering drinking water for a county in southwest North Dakota has reached an undisclosed plea deal with federal prosecutors, authorities say. Executive Drilling LLC President Nathan Garber is slated to be sentenced Sept. 26 in Bismarck federal court.

  • Don't excise the Ex-Im Bank: Former US trade rep Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 12:30 PM ET
    Former U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk speaks during a reception in Washington in this Jan. 20, 2010 the photo.

    The Export-Import Bank is a key lifeline for the embattled U.S. nuclear sector, a former trade official told CNBC.

  • Pa. families struggle with gas drilling pollution Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 10:07 AM ET

    DONEGAL, Pa.— An elderly western Pennsylvania couple is struggling to cope after state officials say a natural gas drilling company's wastewater pond contaminated their drinking water.

  • Greens exit Finnish government over nuclear spat Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:14 AM ET

    HELSINKI— The environmentalist Green Party says it's dropping out of Finland's coalition government, which has endorsed the construction of a new nuclear power plant.

  • Chevron meets new, voluntary shale drilling rules Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 8:00 AM ET

    PITTSBURGH— Chevron has become the first energy company to meet a new set of voluntary shale gas drilling standards that aim to go beyond existing state laws in Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia, the Pittsburgh- based Center for Sustainable Shale announced Thursday.

  • Former factory site now on Superfund list Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:57 AM ET

    The removal of contaminated soil, wells, storage tanks and transformers at the 36- acre area known as the Jard site was finished in 2007. But the Bennington Banner reports the EPA has found that the pollution has spread, contaminating a pond and some home basements. The EPA has monitored wells and done work on the area.

  • Environmental cleanup OK'd for former RI shipyard Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 7:03 AM ET

    The Newport Daily News reports that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday it approved plans to clean up the former Robert E. Derecktor Shipyard site on Naval Station Newport property in Middletown. While EPA will oversee the remedies, the field work will be conducted and paid for by the Navy and its contractors.

  • US to train veterans to install solar panels Thursday, 18 Sep 2014 | 6:00 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— The U.S. is planning to train veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday.