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Solar projects can’t save the forest for the trees?

solar vs. trees

WADING RIVER, N.Y. (AP) — A green energy project has some environmentalists seeing red. Solar energy ordinarily wins praise from groups that want to cut greenhouse gases, but a proposed solar project at a defunct Long Island nuclear power plant has stirred outrage because it requires demolishing 350 acres of woodlands. “Choosing solar over forests anywhere in the world is ...

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Lawmakers forge gas tax plan; panned by Christie’s office

Vintage gas pumps

NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — The state’s Democratic legislative leaders announced Friday they have agreed on a new plan to fund transportation projects by boosting the state’s gas tax and cutting other taxes, a proposal immediately criticized by Republican Gov. Chris Christie’s office as containing only “vague generalities.” Senate President Steve Sweeney and Assembly Speaker Vincent Prieto announced the proposal a ...

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Feds order Spectra to conduct tests on pipelines after blast

Spectra Energy pipeline explosion

GREENSBURG, Pa (AP) — A federal agency has ordered a natural gas pipeline company to conduct additional assessments on three lines buried in western Pennsylvania, including one that has corrosion similar to a fourth line that blew up in April, scorching some 40 acres. The Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration says the other lines in Salem Township, Westmoreland County ...

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House GOP subpoenas NY, Mass. AGs on climate change probe

CLIMATE CHANGE

WASHINGTON (AP) — Escalating a political fight over global warming, a Republican House chairman issued subpoenas Wednesday to two Democratic state attorneys general, seeking records about their investigation into whether Exxon Mobil misled investors about man-made climate change. Texas Rep. Lamar Smith, chairman of the House Science Committee, is pursuing records from New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and Massachusetts ...

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California seeks to extend landmark climate-change effort

California, climate change, cap-and-trade

California’s landmark cap-and-trade program to fight climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels would survive long past Gov. Jerry Brown’s time in office under a state proposal Tuesday. The initiative from the state’s Air Resources Board is part of a push by Brown’s administration to ensure that some of his programs to curb carbon emissions continue after Brown, a prominent figure globally ...

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Gov. Raimondo to sign renewable energy legislation

solar panels, renewable energy

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Gov. Gina Raimondo is planning to sign into law several energy measures designed to get more Rhode Islanders tapping into solar power and other renewable resources. The Democrat is scheduled to attend a Thursday signing ceremony at Newport Vineyards in Middletown. The legislation includes a “community solar” program that allows people to join together to finance ...

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Western Maryland town bans fracking within its borders

natural gas drilling rig, fracking

FRIENDSVILLE, Md. (AP) — The western Maryland town of Friendsville is banning hydraulic fracturing for natural gas within its borders. The Town Council approved the ban on a 5-1 vote Tuesday. The town is in Garrett County, which overlies part of the gas-rich Marcellus shale rock formation. State environmental regulators are developing rules to allow companies to use the technique ...

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