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  • Dec 16- California pension plans would divest all assets related to the coal industry under a measure the leader of the state senate said he will propose to reduce support for an industry that critics blame for contributing to climate change. He had just returned from United Nations talks in Lima, Peru on international efforts to fight climate change.

  • WASHINGTON, Dec 16- The new Republican-controlled Senate's first act in January will be approval of the Keystone XL pipeline, Republican leader Mitch McConnell said on Tuesday. McConnell told reporters that the bill would be based on a measure that failed in the Senate last month that was co-sponsored by North Dakota Republican John Hoeven and Louisiana...

  • Small natural gas leak reported at Mich. pipeline Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:20 PM ET

    TRAVERSE CITY, Mich.— A small volume of liquid natural gas seeped into the atmosphere this month from a "pinhole" opening in an Enbridge Energy Partners LP pipeline in the Upper Peninsula, officials said Tuesday. The Dec. 8 leak near Manistique was from a pipe known as Line 5, Enbridge spokesman Jason Manshum told The Associated Press. "This small leak is a wake-up call...

  • Boeing 737 factory to move to clean energy Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 1:09 PM ET

    RENTON, Wash.— Boeing said Tuesday it plans to buy renewable energy credits to replace fossil-fuel power at the factory in Washington state where it assembles its 737 commercial airplanes. Boeing Co. says it will offset electricity from coal and other fuels by paying a premium to buy wind power credits tied to the Bellevue- based utility's Wild Horse Wind and...

  • Black leaders speak against Missouri levee project Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 12:00 PM ET

    ST. LOUIS— A levee project in the Missouri Bootheel region would increase the flood risk in predominantly black communities in Illinois, several government and civic leaders of those communities said in a letter to President Barack Obama on Tuesday. The New Madrid Floodway project was first proposed in 1954 as a means of protecting an area of rich Missouri...

  • Study: Your all-electric car may not be so green Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:48 AM ET

    Ethanol isn't so green, either. "It's kind of hard to beat gasoline" for public and environmental health, said study co-author Julian Marshall, an engineering professor at the University of Minnesota. "Unfortunately, when a wire is connected to an electric vehicle at one end and a coal-fired power plant at the other end, the environmental consequences are worse...

  • COLUMN-Oil prices are now unsustainably low: Kemp Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 6:46 AM ET

    LONDON, Dec 16- Oil prices have now fallen to an unsustainable low level. Futures contracts for Brent and WTI have fallen below $60 and $55 per barrel respectively but many crude producers are receiving much lower prices. Plains Marketing, for example, is now offering just $39.69 per barrel for Williston Basin Sweet crude and less than $50 for a wide range of other...

  • Defense, tourism among winners in spending bill Tuesday, 16 Dec 2014 | 2:04 AM ET

    WASHINGTON— A Michigan boot-maker, potato farmers and more than 1,200 contractors that supply parts for a next-generation fighter plane are among the many winners in the $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill passed by Congress. The travel and tourism industry won a six-year renewal of the Corporation for Travel Promotion, or Brand USA, to promote tourism in the...

  • After "Hoovergate", EU torn over power-saving rules Monday, 15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 AM ET

    Now, fear of fuelling rage at Brussels bureaucracy, especially in Britain where critics branded the "Hoover ban" a foreign attack on consumer freedoms, is pushing new EU leaders to axe a host of planned regulations in proposals expected on Tuesday. Yet Jean-Claude Juncker's European Commission is also under pressure to keep rolling out more laws on the "...

  • LIMA, Dec 15- U.N. climate negotiations wrapped up in Lima on Sunday with a modest agreement about the building blocks of a deal due to be agreed on in Paris in a year's time. All nations will be asked to submit plans for curbing greenhouse gas emissions, known as "Intended Nationally Determined Contributions," or INDCs, to the United Nations by an informal deadline of...

  • The $1.1T bill: School lunches, light bulbs, pot Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 11:00 AM ET

    School kids, truckers, marijuana smokers and fans of old-fashioned light bulbs are among the millions of people who had something extra riding on the big spending bill passed by Congress to keep the government running. The $1.1 trillion measure approved by the Senate on Saturday night and sent to President Barack Obama is mostly about spending choices, such as...

  • Under the Lima deal, governments will submit national plans for reining in greenhouse gas emissions by an informal deadline of March 31, 2015 to form the basis of a global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year's time. The texts, breaking deadlock among weary delegates almost two days into overtime after two weeks of talks, appeased developing countries led...

  • After marathon talks lasting two days into overtime, the four-page document asks countries to submit national plans to tackle global warming early next year to form the basis of a new global agreement due at a summit in Paris in a year's time. Climate Change Secretariat has said that the combined pledges by all nations in Paris will be too weak to achieve a goal of...

  • The Lima deal lays out a wide range of options for a global deal to be reached in Paris, due in December 2015, and also lays out how each nation will submit its own plans for curbing warming in the first half of 2015..

  • At UN climate talks, a crack in rich-poor barrier Sunday, 14 Dec 2014 | 12:40 AM ET

    LIMA, Peru— A compromise deal salvaged by climate negotiators in Lima early Sunday sets the stage for a global pact in Paris next year, but a consensus could not be reached on nations submitting to a rigorous review of their plans for greenhouse gas emissions limits. In the agreement, reached more than 30 hours after talks were supposed to end, more than 190...

  • Greenpeace carbon stunt draws ire of Peruvians Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 4:36 PM ET

    Peruvian authorities said activists from Greenpeace damaged a patch of an ancient site when they placed a large sign that promoted renewable energy.

  • Fish farming finds its way to land-locked Midwest Saturday, 13 Dec 2014 | 10:22 AM ET

    OMAHA, Neb.— The latest of five generations who have worked the same ground in northeastern Nebraska, 52- year-old Scott Garwood, isn't growing corn or cattle— it's fish. And such tank systems can be placed almost anywhere— from Minnesota to Florida— because temperature and water quality can be controlled. Globally, aquaculture supplies more than 50 percent of all...

  • *Lima deal could point to aspirations for Paris summit in 2015. LIMA, Dec 12- About 190 nations faced a crossroads Friday on how boldly to fight global warming as United Nations talks in Lima went into overtime amid concerns that watered-down goals could undermine a U.N. climate summit in Paris next year. Emerging nations such as China and India want the Lima...

  • Obama-Democratic split - a function of compromise Friday, 12 Dec 2014 | 5:27 PM ET

    WASHINGTON— The drama surrounding passage of a massive spending bill exposed internal party tensions that had once only bedeviled Republican House Speaker John Boehner. In the end, President Barack Obama peeled off enough Democrats to get his way, but the spectacle surrounding the House vote on the $1.1 trillion package demonstrated that cutting deals with...

  • LIMA, Dec 12- Latin American countries, participating in crucial global climate talks being hosted in the region this week, came under criticism for their plans to drastically increase oil production. Ecuador, Colombia and Peru all have similar plans in place. At the same time that they approved an ambitious climate change law, they reformed the energy...