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Green-trigue: N.Y. legal memo may give Obama path to make U.N. climate deal binding

By Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times

Two years ago, the New York attorney general's office prepared a legal brief laying out a potential case for asking courts to make the U.S. cut greenhouse gas emissions based on international treaties, according to documents reviewed by The Washington Times. Published August 28, 2014

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FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The energy boom is scrambling national politics. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups. Some deeply-conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the technique largely responsible for the surge.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

State agency issues long-awaited 'fracking' rules

- Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources has released a long-awaited set of proposed rules for high-volume oil and gas drilling that supporters hope could bring an economic boost to southern Illinois.

FILE - In this Feb. 14, 2012 file photo, Duke Energy employees work on power lines in Charlotte, N.C. Duke Energy Corp. reports quarterly earnings on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton, File)

Duke halting coal burning at Ohio plant

Associated Press

A utility says it will stop burning coal at a southwest Ohio power plant that was the site of a recent oil spill into the Ohio River.

Officials: Drilling wastewater tainted Pa. water

- Associated Press

The state Department of Environmental Protection has officially determined that drinking water at a third residence is contaminated by WPX Appalachia LLC's leaky Marcellus Shale gas drilling wastewater impoundment near Stahlstown, Westmoreland County.

FILE- In this Nov. 3, 2010 file photo, marchers concerned with water pollution protest against hydraulic fracturing and gas well drilling as they cross the Rachel Carson Bridge on their way through town to the Developing Unconventional Gas (DUG) East convention and exhibition being held in Pittsburgh. Pennsylvania officials say there have been 370 complaints so far in 2013 alleging that oil or natural gas drilling polluted or diminished the flow of water to private water wells. But The Associated Press found that a lack of detail in the data make it almost impossible to judge whether the drilling boom is harming more individuals than in the past, or less. (AP Photo/Keith Srakocic, File)

Pa. releases list of wells impacted by drilling

- Associated Press

After years of delays and confusion Pennsylvania is releasing details of 243 cases where regulators determined that oil or natural gas drilling or related activities ruined private drinking water wells.

** FILE ** This March 25, 2014, file photo shows heat from machinery distorts the air as a worker watches over a hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. gas well near Mead, Colo. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

IDNR set to release fracking rules Friday

Associated Press

The Illinois Department of Natural Resources is expected to release proposed rules for high powered oil drilling to a legislative panel.

In this Sunday, June 1, 2014 photo, the Millstone Power Station nuclear power complex in Waterford, Conn., is seen from the shore in East Lyme, Conn. Federal regulators began inspecting the plant on Monday, June 2, 2014, more than a week after a power failure forced both units to shut down and water was found to be slightly radioactive. (AP Photo/Dave Collins)

US regulators rap faulty water pump at Millstone

Associated Press

Federal regulators say they could impose more inspections and greater oversight of Connecticut's nuclear power plant due to repeated problems with a critical water pump.

BP explosion causes sulfur dioxide release

Associated Press

BP officials have notified the state of Indiana that more than 500 pounds of sulfur dioxide were released into the air following an explosion at refinery in northwestern Indiana.

FILE - This March 25, 2014 file photo shows perforating tools, used to create fractures in the rock, lowered into one of six wells during a roughly two-week hydraulic fracturing operation at an Encana Corp. well pad near Mead, Colo. The energy boom is scrambling national politics. Democrats are split between environmentalists and business and labor groups. Some deeply-conservative areas are allying with conservationists against fracking, the technique largely responsible for the surge.  (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

W. Pa. township sued over gas drilling

Associated Press

A western Pennsylvania couple is suing their township, claiming that supervisors improperly approved natural gas drilling in a residential area.

Costs of NM coal power plant proposal challenged

- Associated Press

The state's largest electric utility is underestimating the costs that will be passed on to customers under a proposal to shut down part of an aging coal-fired power plant in northwestern New Mexico, according to a regulatory filing made Friday by renewable energy advocates.

Cars drive under a grid of power lines crossing the 5 Highway Friday, March 27, 1998, in Los Angeles. California will try a second time to launch a deregulated, $23 billion electricity market designed to lower rates and improve efficiency through competition. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

Duke proposes $1.9 billion Indiana grid upgrade

- Associated Press

Duke Energy is proposing a nearly $2 billion upgrade of its electric grid that would include adding technology that Indiana's largest utility says would help reduce power outages.

Recent Opinion Columns

A mosquito on human skin. (AP Photo/USDA, File)

Infectious disease: the invisible danger of climate change

Malaria is spreading to the highlands in Africa from its prior predominant lowland distribution. A northward sweep of West Nile virus in the United States has been linked to the changing distribution of disease carrying mosquitoes. Climate change has been implicated in both these instances.

EPA Destroys Coal Industry Illustration by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

Pummeling coal country

Global temperatures haven't risen in 18 years. The nine years since a Category 3 hurricane or stronger hit the United States is the longest period since 1900.

Leonardo DiCaprio hugs Secretary of State John Kerry after Kerry introduced him at the second day of the State Department's 'Our Ocean' conference at the State Department in Washington, Tuesday, June 17, 2014.  President Barack Obama is looking to create the largest marine preserve in the world by protecting a massive stretch of the Pacific Ocean from drilling, fishing and other actions that could threaten wildlife, the White House said. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Climate change cools off

Al Gore goofed. Instead of talking up "climate extremes," he should have spoken about the dangers of an increasingly mild climate. Washington is likely to wrap up the month (and the summer) with the mercury having topped 90 degrees only once or twice.

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