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Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

Climate change lawsuit by 21 youths takes big step forward

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The federal government and big energy companies lost an important round Friday in their effort to block a climate change lawsuit by young plaintiffs who contend the U.S. is failing to protect them from the harmful effects of greenhouse gas emissions. U.S. Magistrate Judge Thomas Coffin in Eugene rejected motions by the U.S. government and trade ...

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Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West’s changing climate

Study: Farms, hydropower at risk in West's changing climate

DENVER (AP) — Climate change could upset the complex interplay of rain, snow and temperature in the West, hurting food production, the environment and electrical generation at dams, the federal government warned Tuesday. Some areas could get more rain and less snow, reducing the snowmelt flowing into reservoirs in the summer when farmers need it to irrigate, the U.S. Bureau ...

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Oil lease sale Wednesday for tracts off of Texas

NEW ORLEANS — The federal government on Wednesday will offer 21.9 million acres off the Texas coast to oil and gas developers, though low oil prices are likely to limit interest. The last two comparable lease sales in the western Gulf of Mexico brought $109.1 million last year and $100.1 million in 2012. A March 18 sale in the far ...

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NM rakes in $33 billion

The state of New Mexico scored a hefty chunk of change following U.S. Bureau of Land Management’s recent oil and gas lease sale. The sale include 69 federal leases throughout Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico, the Albuquerque Business Journal reports. Of the more than $70 million in BLM revenues, New Mexico is entitled to about $33.4 million from its 53 ...

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EDITORIAL: Maine and Vermont’s Yankee connection: Nuclear shutdown, natural gas, dry casks

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After a 42-year run, the Vermont Yankee nuclear reactor stopped sending electricity into the region’s grid on Monday. The reactor’s shutdown has implications for Maine’s electric ratepayers since it accelerates New England’s growing dependence on a single source — natural gas — for electricity, a phenomenon that has meant higher electricity prices this winter. And as attention shifts to the ...

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Federal government limits drilling in national forest

DENVER — The federal government is prohibiting energy exploration in most of the White River National Forest. A new document from the Forest Service limits exploration to less than one-tenth of the 2.2 million acre forest. The government says more than 1 million acres are not suitable for energy exploration anyway. The remaining million acres are being protected. That’s a ...

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Federal judge orders U.S. gov’t to pay over $800k in BP trial costs

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media A federal judge in New Orleans has ruled that the federal government pay $839,581 in court fees for the civil trial against BP following the Deepwater Horizon disaster in 2010. The ruling, issued Monday by U.S. Magistrate Judge Sally Shushan, mandated these fees be paid because of the government’s participation during the first and ...

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US budget deficit running 24.2 percent below 2013

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Martin Crutsinger | Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — The federal government ran a lower deficit this July than a year ago, keeping it on course to record the lowest deficit in six years. The July deficit was $94.6 billion, an improvement of 3.1 percent from a year ago, the Treasury Department reported Tuesday in its monthly budget statement. For the ...

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$11M deal struck to conserve Colorado River basin

DENVER (AP) — Water providers from four western states and the federal government announced an $11 million agreement Thursday to fund projects meant to counteract critically low water levels in the Colorado River basin, which supplies water to about 40 million people in seven states. The Interior Department said Thursday that local water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado ...

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West’s largest coal-fired plant on track to close

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FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — The largest coal-fired power plant in the West will produce one-third less energy by 2020 and is on track to cease operations in 2044 under a proposal that the federal government adopted to cut haze-causing emissions of nitrogen oxide at places like the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced Monday that the owners of the ...

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