Environmental concerns

FILE - In this Dec. 3, 2018, file photo, a vehicle rests in front of a home leveled by the Camp Fire in Paradise, Calif. Two statewide officials want California to take out insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons. Insurance Commissioner Ricardo Lara and Treasurer Fiona Ma said Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019, that California should follow the lead of Oregon and the federal government, after outspending its emergency fund in seven of the last 10 years. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File)
February 14, 2019 - 3:51 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should get insurance to help cover taxpayers' costs in bad wildfire seasons, a solution that could help stem losses as climate change contributes to more destructive blazes, two state officials said Thursday. The most populous state should follow the lead of...
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FILE - This June 3, 2014, file photo shows a panoramic view of the Paradise Fossil Plant in Drakesboro Ky. President Donald Trump's vow to save the coal industry will be tested this week when a utility board he appoints weighs whether to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors. An environmental assessment by the Tennessee Valley Authority recommends shuttering the remaining coal-fired unit at the Paradise Fossil Plant in Muhlenberg County. The board could vote on Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. (AP Photo/Dylan Lovan, File)
February 14, 2019 - 3:07 pm
FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) — A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard. The Tennessee Valley Authority voted to...
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Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler speaks during a news conference in Philadelphia, Thursday, Feb. 14, 2019. Under strong pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday that it will move ahead this year with a process that could lead to setting a safety threshold for a group of highly toxic chemicals in drinking water. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
February 14, 2019 - 12:26 pm
Under pressure from Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday it would move toward setting safety limits for a class of highly toxic chemicals contaminating drinking water around the country. Environmentalists, congressional Democrats and state officials countered that the agency...
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February 14, 2019 - 8:33 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats in the Senate say they welcome Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's plan to force them into difficult votes on the Green New Deal. Sen. Chuck Schumer said Thursday that Republicans think they will embarrass Democrats, who are split on the climate change resolution from...
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February 14, 2019 - 2:22 am
MOSCOW (AP) — The Kremlin is looking into reports of alarmingly high pollution levels in a town in the Urals emanating from a decommissioned copper mine. Carbon dioxide levels in Sibay, about 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) east of Moscow, skyrocketed earlier this month and peaked over the weekend...
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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019, file photo, acting Environmental Protection administrator Andrew Wheeler arrives to testify at a Senate Environment and Public Works Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington. The EPA says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants, amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that it has not moved aggressively to regulate them. In an interview with ABC News Live, Wheeler calls the chemicals commonly referred to as PFAS, “a very important threat.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)
February 13, 2019 - 4:32 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Environmental Protection Agency says it is moving forward with a response to a class of long-lasting chemical contaminants amid criticism from members of Congress and environmentalists that the agency has not moved aggressively enough to regulate them. Acting EPA Administrator...
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., walks to the chamber on the morning after House and Senate negotiators worked out a border security compromise hoping to avoid another government shutdown, at the Capitol in in Washington, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
February 12, 2019 - 6:47 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate will vote on the Green New Deal, a moonshot plan by Democrats to combat climate change, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said Tuesday, announcing a move designed to force Senate Democrats — including a cast of presidential candidates — into a political bind. The...
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U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, smiles as he speaks with guests prior to an economic roundtable discussion at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., Friday, Feb. 8, 2019. Sen. Brown is weighing a run for in 2020 presidential race. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
February 12, 2019 - 9:38 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Sen. Sherrod Brown, a potential 2020 Democratic presidential contender, shrugged off arguments from liberals on Tuesday that signing onto the climate change plan known as the Green New Deal is essential to winning over the party's base. "I don't need to co-sponsor every bill that...
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February 12, 2019 - 8:59 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — A new study says the climate in New York City in a few decades could feel like how Arkansas is now. Chicago could seem like Kansas City and San Francisco could get a Southern California climate if global warming pollution continues at the current pace. In 2080, North Carolina's...
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American actor Harrison Ford speaks about ocean conservation at the World Government Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Ford offered an emphatic plea for protecting the world's oceans while calling out U.S. President Donald Trump and others who "deny or denigrate science." (AP Photo/Jon Gambrell)
February 12, 2019 - 4:05 am
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Harrison Ford offered an emphatic plea on Tuesday for protecting the world's oceans, calling out President Donald Trump and others who "deny or denigrate science." The 76-year-old actor, best known for his roles in "Star Wars" and "Indiana Jones," stressed the...
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