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Paris Climate Change agreement passes key threshold

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — Thirty-one countries formally joined the Paris climate change pact Wednesday, bringing the total number of countries ratifying the treaty to 60 and raising hopes that it will enter into effect by the end of the year. The number is higher than the 55-country threshold needed for the treaty to enter into force. But because together those ...

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Scientists turn carbon dioxide into harmless stone

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WASHINGTON (AP) — Scientists have a found a quick way — but not a cheap one — to turn heat-trapping carbon dioxide gas into harmless rock. Experts say the results of a two-year, $10 million experiment called CarbFix , conducted about one-third of a mile (540 meters) deep in the rocks of Iceland, offer new hope for an effective weapon ...

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Hurdles exist using CO2 to boost oil output in North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) — A Houston research firm says significant barriers exist in using carbon dioxide to enhance oil recovery in North Dakota. But HIS Inc. geologist Curtis Smith told the North Dakota Legislature’s interim Taxation Committee on Wednesday that the “long-term prize” for the state could be billions of extra barrels of oil. The interim legislative committee is considering ...

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Purchase agreements in place for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

Purchase agreements in place for Atlantic Coast Pipeline

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Purchase agreements have been signed for virtually all of the natural gas that would be delivered to the Southeast by the proposed Atlantic Coast Pipeline, the lead energy company behind the $5 billion project said Tuesday. Diane Leopold, president of Dominion Energy Inc., said the utility agreements reflect the need for the nearly 600-mile energy project ...

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Natural gas power plant breaks ground in La Porte

Natural gas power plant breaks ground in La Porte

Construction began on a one-of-a-kind natural gas power plant Wednesday in La Porte, Texas. The 50-megawatt demonstration project is unique in that it produces zero emissions. New technology will send carbon dioxide it creates into a sequestration pipeline. The carbon emissions can then be stored for industrial use or enhanced oil recovery. Net Power is developing the plant, which will connect to ...

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Japan’s coal power plants face headwinds over CO2

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TOKYO — Power companies’ plans to construct coal power plants to secure low-cost electricity are facing headwinds in Japan, as the Environment Ministry has raised objections from the viewpoint of preventing global warming. On November 13, Environment Minister Tamayo Marukawa said the ministry cannot approve a coal-fired power plant that Kansai Electric Power Co. and TonenGeneral Sekiyu K.K. plan to ...

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Landfill gases turned to compressed natural gas

In Grand Junction, Colorado, buses, garbage trucks and street sweepers run on compressed natural gas produced from a wastewater treatment plant. In Riverview, Michigan, excess gases from a landfill are being converted to CNG to power seven city vehicles. Plans are in the works to convert police cruisers to CNG, which costs about $1 per gallon. And in Louisiana, St. ...

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16 states get extension on plan to meet new carbon dioxide emissions standards

BISMARCK, N.D. — The federal agency mandating a significant reduction in carbon dioxide emissions from coal-fueled power plants in North Dakota is giving the state more time to submit an implementation plan. Environmental Protection Agency officials have agreed to move the deadline from September 2016 to the fall of 2018, North Dakota’s congressional delegation said in a joint statement after ...

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EDITORIAL: Changes to help save energy

IN THE POWER industry, much of the energy focuses on the big and new: technologies, fuels, even delivery. But the biggest difference — for the planet, the population and the power companies — is likely to come from efforts to use less. The whizbang electric cars from Tesla, for example, generate a mountain of headlines, and tremendous amounts of money ...

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States’ targets shift in final Obama climate change plan

HELENA, Mont.— Sixteen states will have tougher carbon dioxide reduction targets than they originally planned now that President Barack Obama has presented his final plan to cut emissions from U.S. power plants. Obama’s plan, which would reduce emissions 32 percent below 2005 levels by 2030, was met with dismay by leaders in some of those states who had supported the ...

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