Energy and the environment

Lava erupts from a fissure in Kapoho, Hawaii Monday, May 21, 2018. The eruption of Kilauea volcano in Hawaii sparked new safety warnings about toxic gas on the Big Island's southern coastline after lava began flowing into the ocean and setting off a chemical reaction. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 22, 2018 - 8:44 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — Authorities were racing Tuesday to close off production wells at a geothermal plant threatened by a lava flow from Kilauea volcano on Hawaii's Big Island. Workers were capping the 11th and last well at the plant to prevent toxic gases from wafting out after lava entered, then...
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FILE - In this May 8, 2017 photo steel pipes for the North Stream 2 pipeline are stacked in Mukran harbour in Sassnitz, Germany. American officials say a pipeline project between Russia and Germany risks triggering U.S. sanctions because of security concerns. Senior State Department diplomat Sandra Oudkirk says the United States opposes the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline because it could increase Russia's "malign influence" in Europe. (Stefan Sauer/dpa via AP, file)
May 17, 2018 - 9:57 am
MUKRAN, Germany (AP) — Sparks fly and machines whir as workers busily prepare thousands of steel pipes that will become part of a vast undersea pipeline bringing gas from Russia to Germany's northeastern Baltic coast. The Nord Stream 2 project will double the amount of natural gas Russia can funnel...
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A woman walks with her child at the fishermen's village of Kbal Chroy on the Mekong River bank near Phnom Penh, Cambodia, Thursday, May 17, 2018. A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian government. (AP Photo/Heng Sinith)
May 17, 2018 - 5:37 am
BANGKOK (AP) — A Chinese-backed plan for Cambodia to build the Mekong River's biggest dam would destroy fisheries that feed millions and worsen tensions with Vietnam, the downstream country with most to lose from dams on the waterway, according to a three-year study commissioned by the Cambodian...
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May 15, 2018 - 11:34 am
AIKEN, S.C. (AP) — In a story May 12 about the proposed production of pits at the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, The Associated Press reported erroneously that pits were planned to store plutonium that would have gone into the production of commercial nuclear fuel at a now-cancelled...
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Ford CEO James Hackett listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with automotive executives in the Rosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, May 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 12, 2018 - 6:25 am
WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a key concern for manufacturers, President Donald Trump has instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation during a meeting with auto industry executives. The president met with top auto...
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Ford CEO James Hackett listens as President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with automotive executives in the Rosevelt Room of the White House, Friday, May 11, 2018, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
May 11, 2018 - 6:37 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — Addressing a key concern for manufacturers, President Donald Trump instructed his administration to explore negotiations with California on achieving a single fuel economy standard for the nation during a meeting with auto industry executives Friday. The president met with top...
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May 11, 2018 - 12:14 pm
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on President Donald Trump's meeting with automakers (all times local): 12:10 p.m. President Donald Trump is telling automakers he wants more cars built in the U.S. He's talking with CEOs about environmental controls, fuel economy standards and manufacturing. The...
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Sgt. 1st Class Carl Satterwaite, of the U.S. National Guard, tests air quality near cracks emitting volcanic gases from a lava flow in the Leilani Estates subdivision near Pahoa, Hawaii Thursday, May 10, 2018. Kilauea has destroyed more than 35 structures since it began releasing lava from vents about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of the summit crater. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
May 10, 2018 - 8:05 pm
PAHOA, Hawaii (AP) — If Hawaii's Kilauea volcano blows its top in the coming days or weeks, as experts fear, it could hurl ash and boulders the size of refrigerators miles into the air, shutting down airline traffic and endangering lives in all directions, scientists said Thursday. "If it goes up,...
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FILE-- In this Oct. 16, 2015 file photo a solar panel is installed on the roof of the Old Governor's Mansion State Historic Park in Sacramento, Calif. After extensive renovations, Gov. Jerry Brown and his wife, Anne Gust Brown moved into the mansion in late 2015, becoming the first chief executive to live in the home since Ronald Reagan in 1967. The California Energy Commission will take up a proposal, Wednesday, May 9, 2018 , to require solar panels on new residential homes and low-rise apartment buildings up to three starting in 2020. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)
May 09, 2018 - 5:12 pm
SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jumping out ahead of the rest of the country, California on Wednesday moved to require solar panels on all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings starting in 2020. The new building standard — unanimously approved by the five-member California Energy Commission — would...
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FILE - In this Sept. 15, 2015 file photograph, a portion of the Stafford Hill solar power project gathers energy from the sun in Rutland, Vt. Vermont regulators are reducing the financial incentives for electric customers who install renewable energy systems such as solar panels and get a credit on their bills for providing power to the grid. (AP Photo/Wilson Ring)
May 04, 2018 - 4:05 pm
MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont regulators are reducing the financial incentives for electric customers who install renewable energy systems such as solar panels and get a credit on their electric bills for providing power to the grid. The Vermont Public Utility Commission said in a report Tuesday...
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