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U.S. Democratic hopeful Inslee unveils second climate change plan

May 16 2019

WASHINGTON Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a 2020 Democratic presidential contender whose campaign is focused on climate change, unveiled a plan to invest $9 trillion in 10 years in modern manufacturing and green infrastructure to "revitalize America's economy for the 21st century."

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

May 15 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two long-mothballed leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, a key step in opening up the popular wilderness and recreation area to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups.

Trump administration opens up Minnesota wilderness area to copper mining

May 15 2019

WASHINGTON, May 15 The U.S. Interior Department on Wednesday renewed two mineral leases near the Boundary Waters Wilderness area in Minnesota, opening the popular wilderness and recreation area up to copper mining despite heavy opposition from local and national conservation groups.

Biden defends record on climate, says plan coming 'very shortly'

May 14 2019

WASHINGTON Former Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday defended his environmental record and said he would release the "totality" of his climate change plan "very shortly," after Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez accused him of not being aggressive enough on the issue.

Exclusive: Presidential hopeful Biden looking for ‘middle ground’ climate policy

May 10 2019

WASHINGTON Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters who elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach that will likely face heavy resistance from green activists.

EXCLUSIVE-Presidential hopeful Biden looking for ‘middle ground’ climate policy

May 10 2019

WASHINGTON, May 10 Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden is crafting a climate change policy he hopes will appeal to both environmentalists and the blue-collar voters that elected Donald Trump, according to two sources, carving out a middle ground approach that will likely face heavy resistance from green activists.

With $1 million donation, activists renew Green New Deal push in U.S. election

May 06 2019

WASHINGTON Young activists pressuring U.S. lawmakers to aggressively tackle climate change and reject fossil fuel company donations got their first major financial boost on Monday from a foundation that wants to "amplify" the Green New Deal movement ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

Democrat Inslee tries to separate from pack with campaign climate plan

May 03 2019

WASHINGTON Washington Governor Jay Inslee on Friday outlined a plan to achieve 100% clean electricity, zero-emission new vehicles and zero-carbon buildings and retire the U.S. coal power plant fleet by 2030, aiming to position himself as the most aggressive Democratic candidate on climate change.

Trump administration relaxes safety rules sparked by 2010 Gulf oil spill

May 02 2019

WASHINGTON The Trump administration unveiled on Thursday its final plan to roll back offshore drilling safety measures put in place by the Obama administration after the fatal 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst in U.S. history, raising concerns by some groups over potential risks to workers and the environment.

House backs Paris agreement in first climate bill in a decade

May 02 2019

WASHINGTON The U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday passed its first climate-change bill in a decade, voting 231-190 to require that Trump administration keep the United States as a party to the Paris Climate Agreement.

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