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  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- U.S. Senate Democrats on Thursday failed to pass a measure to block oil and gas drilling in part of the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, losing to Republicans who believe production there would provide jobs and wealth. Established by Congress in 1980, it is home to tribes and a habitat for sensitive wildlife including caribou, polar bears and...

  • THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Oct 19- The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will cut response times to permit requests to within six months by the end of 2018, part of the agency's goal to reduce regulations and delays, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday. The EPA has in some cases taken several years to review some permit requests. Environmentalists have...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 19- The U.S. Senate on Thursday geared up to vote on an amendment that would block drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Reserve, with opponents of the measure saying development would lead to jobs and wealth creation. Conservationists covet the reserve, also known as ANWR, in northern Alaska, home to tribes that hunt and fish and also a habitat...

  • *Merkel was weakened by far right in Sept. 24 election. BERLIN, Oct 19- There is a long way to go in talks on forming a new German coalition led by Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, a senior member of the pro-business Free Democrats said after meeting the environmentalist Greens on Thursday. Merkel, weakened by a surging far right in a Sept. 24 national...

  • Backers of the Vancouver Energy project have given $370,000 in cash to support Kris Greene, who has expressed support for the terminal proposed at the Port of Vancouver, according to filings with the Washington Public Disclosure Commission. That represents the bulk of the cash he has raised in the Vancouver port commissioner's race. Tesoro Corp. and Savage...

  • OSLO, Oct 19- Governments should extend the protection of nature far beyond iconic creatures such as tigers and elephants to species including worms and beetles that are vital to human prosperity, the chair of a global scientific project said on Thursday. "We are trying to... put biodiversity and ecosystems on the same level- as an environmental, economic, social,...

  • In a still from a video, Jeff Bezos christening Amazon's new wind farm.

    Amazon has announced that its biggest wind farm to date is operational.

  • LONDON— Energy firm BP announced Thursday that Carl-Henric Svanberg, the chairman who presided over the company during the Deepwater Horizon spill, has decided to retire. Svanberg took the post in April 2010— just months before the disaster, which killed 11 people and led to an environmental catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico. BP's current CEO, Bob Dudley, credited...

  • FRANKFURT, Oct 19- Siemens may cut thousands of jobs as part of plans to overhaul its power turbine business, where growth in renewable energy is dampening demand for new coal and gas power stations, a person familiar with the matter said. Separately, Bloomberg cited sources as saying that Siemens also planned to restructure its Process Industries and Drives...

  • ANCHORAGE, Alaska— America within a few years could be extracting oil from federal waters in the Arctic Ocean, but it won't be from a remote drilling platform. Federal regulators are taking comments on a draft environmental statement for the Liberty Project, a proposal by a subsidiary of Houston- based Hilcorp to create an artificial gravel island that would...

  • *New wave of firms pioneer discovered-in- China medicines. "It's almost a coming out party for China biotech," said Christian Hogg, chief executive of Hutchison China MediTech or Chi-Med, which presented promising data at a global medical congress this week on a lung cancer drug it discovered in China and is developing with AstraZeneca. "China is in vogue because of...

  • SHANGHAI/ MANILA, Oct 19- China's steel output dropped in September from a record high the previous month as mills in the world's top producer cut production in line with Beijing's campaign for clearer skies, pointing to further drops as winter curbs set in. Mills in the northern part of China are expected to cut output during the winter season- four months from...

  • CALGARY, Alberta, Oct 18- Kinder Morgan Canada Ltd's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion has seen construction delays and its December 2019 operational start date could be pushed back, the company said on Wednesday as it released earnings that slightly missed analyst forecasts. The newly elected government of the British Columbia province, through which...

  • Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said she held separate calls with Trump and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt on Wednesday, in which she urged them not to make that change. However, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said the administration "didn't make any assurances" on renewable fuel standard levels. The biofuels industry has...

  • DES MOINES, Iowa— Iowa's Republican governor on Wednesday called on President Donald Trump and his administration to preserve a federal program mandating that biofuels such as corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline and diesel following a proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency to lower production targets for renewable fuels.

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 18- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds said U.S. The Trump administration is considering lowering the mandatory level, a worry for corn-growing states like Iowa. The biofuels industry has been ratcheting up pressure in Washington in response to actions from the Environmental Protection Agency it sees as threatening the more than decade-old program,...

  • BISMARCK, N.D.— A federal judge in Washington, D.C., will accept arguments over the next month on whether the developer of the Dakota Access pipeline must stage equipment near an American Indian reservation in southern North Dakota to respond to any oil spill under the Missouri River. Boasberg ruled on Oct. 11 that oil could keep flowing from western North Dakota...

  • HARRISBURG, Pa.— The potential for a tax on Marcellus Shale natural gas production gained new life Wednesday, as a bill emerged from a state House committee and Democratic Gov. Pennsylvania, the nation's No. 2 gas state thanks to the prolific Marcellus Shale, is the only major natural gas producer that does not tax production. Wolf and other supporters of the tax say...

  • Oct 18- Caisse de depot et Placement du Quebec, Canada's second-largest public pension plan, said it would increase investments in low carbon assets by more than C $8 billion over the next three years. CDPQ also set a medium-term target to reduce its carbon footprint by 25 percent per dollar invested. "From now on, climate change will factor in each and every...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 18- Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds had a "very positive" call with U.S. Reynolds had a "very positive and productive call" that discussed the "importance of renewable fuels to the Iowa economy," said Brenna Smith, a Reynolds spokeswoman. In a statement sent to the press after the meeting, Iowa Republican Senator Joni Ernst said she had expressed "significant...