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  • 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 says President Donald Trump and the head of the Environmental Protection Agency told her they're committed to a federal program mandating that biofuels such as corn-based ethanol be blended into gasoline and diesel. The issue emerged after the EPA proposed a plan that could lower production targets for biofuels...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • LONDON, Oct 18- BP is targeting smaller and wider-ranging investments in renewable energy to avoid large losses in the sector like those it suffered earlier in the decade, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on Wednesday. BP made a number of large investments in solar power, wind farms in the United States, carbon-capturing technology and biofuels in the 2000 s under...

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct 18- It would be easy to dismiss the Australian government's discarding of a renewable energy target as a Donald Trump- like attempt to cling on to polluting fossil fuels in the face of the rise of cleaner alternatives. Certainly, the decision by the centre-right Liberal Party federal government to end subsidies for renewable energy...

  • LONDON, Oct 18- BP is focusing on smaller investments in renewable energy to avoid large losses in the sector like those it suffered earlier in the decade, Chief Executive Bob Dudley said on Wednesday. BP and peers including Royal Dutch Shell and Total have recognised the need to reduce carbon emissions in the fight against global warming. BP made a number of large...

  • Oct 18- The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission has charged mining company Rio Tinto and two of its former top executives with inflating the value of coal assets in Mozambique and concealing critical information while tapping the market for billions of dollars. The FCA also said on Tuesday it had reached a settlement with Rio Tinto under which the company...

  • Opening a critical Communist Party congress, Xi pledged to build a "modern socialist country" for a "new era" that will be proudly Chinese and steadfastly ruled by the party but open to the world. Although his wide-ranging address made clear there were no plans for political reform, Xi said China's development had entered a "new era", using the phrase 36 times in a...

  • Xi's wide-ranging address laid out a confident vision for a more prosperous China and its place in the international community, stressing the importance of wiping out corruption and curbing industrial overcapacity, income inequality and pollution. He made clear there were no plans for political reform, but said China's development had entered a "new era", a...

  • Hywind Scotland, the world's first floating wind farm, has started to send electricity to the Scottish grid.

  • LONDON, Oct 17- "The resiliency of the nation's electric grid is threatened by the premature retirements of power plants that can withstand major fuel supply disruptions caused by natural or man-made disasters," the U.S. Department of Energy warned last week. "Fuel-secure resources are indispensable for the reliability and resiliency of our electric grid," the...

  • SYDNEY, Oct 18- Fiji will issue a $50 million "green" bond in coming weeks to help combat the effects of global climate change, the first developing country to do so, its prime minister said on Wednesday. The bond will be the first to earmark the cash raised to address the issue, according to the World Bank. They will pay coupons of 4 percent and 6.3 percent, respectively,...

  • *China steel mills, traders adopting fixed-price deals. MANILA/ SHANGHAI, Oct 18- China's steel mills and traders are embracing more sophisticated ways to sell metal and buy raw materials to protect their bumper profits amid rising price volatility. Prices climbed on supply worries as China has shuttered steel mills for not complying with environmental rules.

  • China needs to balance reform with clean air

    Conrad Saldanha, senior portfolio manager for emerging market equities at Neuberger Berman, speaks about the Chinese economy.

  • LAUNCESTON, Australia, Oct 18- It would be easy to dismiss the Australian government's discarding of a renewable energy target as a Donald Trump- like attempt to cling on to polluting fossil fuels in the face of the rise of cleaner alternatives. Certainly, the decision by the centre-right Liberal Party federal government to end subsidies for renewable energy...

  • WASHINGTON, Oct 17- U.S. Senate Democrats vowed on Tuesday to fight a measure expected to be slipped into budget legislation that would open Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Reserve to oil and gas drilling, saying it would destroy one of earth's remaining paradises. A plan passed by the Senate budget committee late last month contains a directive for the...

  • NEW YORK, Oct 17- Jewel's rise in the music world from the Alaska frontier to first-name-only star is almost unbelievable: Girl endures an abusive environment, becomes homeless- and then not only survives, but reaches the pinnacle of her profession. Q: Who was passing along life lessons back in Alaska? In Alaska you are often parented by nature.