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Keystone XL developer seeks different approval for route

Former Gov. Dave Heineman approved the Nebraska route in 2013 under a state law that allowed TransCanada to use eminent domain against holdout landowners, but opponents sued and the project has been mired in state courts ever since.
EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy testifies before the House Subcommittee on Energy and Power on Capitol Hill, in Washington.  (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

EPA set to tighten smog limits as business gears for fight

The move fulfills a long-delayed campaign promise by President Barack Obama, but sets up a fresh confrontation with Republicans already angry about the administration’s plans to curb carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants and to regulate small streams and wetlands.

President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping, right, walk from the West Wing of the White House in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, for a private dinner at the Blair House, across the street from the White House. Xi arrived in Washington late Thursday for a State Visit. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

China plans to launch national cap-and-trade system

Beijing plans to put a cap-and-trade system in place in 2017 as part of measures aimed to address climate change in cooperation with the U.S. and others.
US President Barack Obama speaks with Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 23, 2015. More than 15,000 people packed the South Lawn for a full ceremonial welcome on Pope Francis' historic maiden visit to the United States. AFP PHOTO / JIM WATSONJIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images

At White House, Pope Francis makes plea for climate action

Pope Francis praised the Obama administration’s plan for curbing greenhouse gas emissions from power plants, an EPA initiative that has drawn scorn (and lawsuits).
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2013 file photo, House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Rep. Fred Upton, R-Mich. speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congressional Republicans are waging war against a hapless Web Site and hoping it leads to the destruction of Obamacare, the health care program they loathe yet can’t stop talking about it. As a tactic, it’s no more likely to succeed than this autumn’s self-wounding decision by Republicans to force a partial government shutdown and flirt with default on the national debt. Or their specious, long-ago claim that the program included death panels. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci, File)

House panel votes to lift 40-year-old US ban on oil exports

The House Energy and Commerce Committee approved the legislation, 31-19, with three Democrats joining 28 Republicans to back the bill.
US President Barack Obama delivers remarks at a Clean Power Plan event at the White House in Washington, DC, August 3, 2015. (JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Obama pushing for more clean energy choices for consumers

The president, in a speech at a clean energy conference in Las Vegas on Monday night, planned to announce new executive actions and other efforts aimed at making it easier for homeowners and businesses to invest in green energy improvements that in the past may have been impractical or unaffordable.
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16 states ask Obama admin to put power plant rules on hold

The 16 states and a handful of others are preparing to sue the Obama administration to block the rules permanently by arguing they exceed Obama’s authority. Bolstered by a recent Supreme Court ruling against the administration’s mercury limits, opponents argued that states shouldn’t have to start preparing to comply with a rule that may eventually get thrown out by the courts.
In this March 31, 2015 photo, the wake of a supply vessel heading towards a working platform crosses over an oil sheen drifting from the site of the former Taylor Energy oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, off the coast of Louisiana. Down to just one full-time employee, Taylor Energy Company exists for only one reason: to fight a Gulf of Mexico oil leak that has gone largely unnoticed, despite creating miles-long slicks for more than a decade. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

Lawmakers back company responsible for decade-old Gulf leak

The leak dates to Hurricane Ivan in 2004, when storm-whipped waves in the Gulf triggered an underwater mudslide that toppled a Taylor Energy-owned oil platform and buried a cluster of its wells under mounds of sediment. Oil is still leaking at the site more than a decade later.
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Oregon senator hopes Obama’s potential Arctic visit could spur White House to block drilling

Shell’s work in the Arctic is far from guaranteed. The company is still seeking required drilling permits and repairs for a contracted icebreaker that is supposed to help safeguard operations this summer.
An Iranian man walks past a mural displaying the Iranian map adorned in the colours of the country's national flag, on June 29, 2015 in Tehran. Despite agreeing the outlines of a nuclear agreement on April 2, the final talks between Iran and six powers led by the United States on turning it into a binding accord have hit difficulties on reaching a deal which would lift sanctions, paving the way for foreign investment to flow back, in exchange for curbs on Iran's nuclear activities. AFP PHOTO/BEHROUZ MEHRIBEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/Getty Images

Iran takes hard line on inspections, sanctions at nuke talks

Speaking to reporters in Vienna, where diplomats are trying to clinch a comprehensive nuclear pact, a senior Iranian negotiator said the U.N. nuclear agency’s standard rules governing access to government information, sites of interest and scientists should be sufficient to ensure that Iran’s program is solely for peaceful purposes.