Louisiana. Gov. Bobby Jindal and oil industry leaders condemned the suit as an attack on a vital industry. (AP Photo/ Richard Shiro)

Jindal signs bill to scuttle levee board oil suit

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The suit says drilling and dredging by oil, gas and pipeline companies are partially to blame for the degradation of coastal wetlands that serve as a natural hurricane buffer for New Orleans.
A panoramica view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky., shows in the foreground across lake the clearing for the new natural gas burning plant.  The new $1 billion facility will replace two coal burning units at the plant beginning in 2017. (Associated Press photo)

Kentucky plant emblematic of nationwide move from coal to gas

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Across the U.S., utilities are making changes to try to meet stiffer carbon emissions rules the Obama administration announced this week.
(Luke Sharrett/Getty Images)

Obama officials seek Democratic support for EPA coal rule

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Top advisers to President Barack Obama are trying to sell fellow Democrats in theU.S. Senate on the administration’s plan to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants.
In this July 29, 2010, photo, oil and water flow down Ceresco Dam as oil spill clean up continues along the Kalamazoo River near Ceresco, Mich. (AP Photo/Detroit Frtee Press, Andre J. Jackson)

Agency says no long-term health risk from spill

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Michigan’s health agency says there’s no long-term risk from swimming and fishing in the Kalamazoo River, the site of a 2010 oil spill.
U.S. Geological Survey employees Brent Mason, far right, Andrew Berg and Jared Trost discuss an ongoing project at the oil spill research site near Bemidji , Minn., on May 13, 2014. (AP Photo/Minnesota Public Radio, Dan Gunderson )

Minnesota oil spill of 1979 still aids in research

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Today, the site attracts scientists from around the world who are collecting data from sensors that sample soil, water and air.
(AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File)

NRG affiliate buys country’s largest wind farm

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A company affiliated with NRG Energy Inc. will spend $870 million to buy the country’s largest wind farm, it announced Wednesday.
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This photo from Friday, May 2, 2014, shows a display of two stuffed lesser prairie chickens at the Kansas Statehouse, in Topeka, Kan. Kansas is taking new steps to push back against the federal government's listing of the bird as a threatened species. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

Kansas pushes back on lesser prairie chicken

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback announced Tuesday that he is pushing the federal government to assume some costs for protecting the lesser prairie chicken by expanding incentives for farmers to enroll their land in a longstanding conservation program.

Let the complaints begin…

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A day after the roll out of the EPA’s proposed greenhouse gas control rule for existing power plants under the CAA, section 111(d), we have the usual complaints from the usual quarters that meeting the requirements will cause wide economic disruption, and that the proposal is not legally consistent with the 111(d) provisions of the […]
In this Jan. 17, 2013 file photo, smoke is emitted from chimneys of a cement plant in Binzhou city, in eastern China's Shandong province. (AP Photo/File)

Obama plan might help boost climate talks

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President Barack Obama’s proposal to curb U.S. greenhouse gas emissions might improve the chances of completing a global climate treaty but is unlikely to defuse demands by China, India and others for Americans to do more.

And the Winner is….Cap and Trade

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Today the EPA released its rules requiring reductions in greenhouse gases from existing fossil fuel fired electricity generating units (EGUs).  Nominally, the rules call for an overall 30% reduction in these emissions from 2005 by 2030.  The hallmark of the rule is “flexibility” as the EPA looked at the most promising tools for reducing GHGs […]