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FILE - In this Oct. 10, 2016 file photo, law enforcement officers, left, drag a person from a protest against the Dakota Access pipeline near the town of St. Anthony, N.D. Industry officials say protests like the one involving the disputed pipeline may be commonplace in the future. The opposition by American Indian tribes and others to the recently completed $3.8 billion pipeline was discussed Wednesday, July 19, 2017, at an annual oil industry conference in Bismarck. A panel dissected what was learned from the nearly yearlong protest. (Tom Stromme/The Bismarck Tribune via AP, File)

Judge allows Dakota Access pipeline to keep running

- Associated Press

A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Dakota Access oil pipeline can continue operating while a study is completed to assess its environmental impact on an American Indian tribe.

The federal government has a standing commitment to cover health care and pensions for retired miners. (Associated Press/File)

American Miners Pension Act sparks regional divide in Congress

- The Washington Times

The latest attempt to secure benefits for tens of thousands of retired coal miners pits Appalachia against the West, with battle lines drawn by region and not by party as Congress seeks to solve a looming crisis by pumping federal loans into failing pension plans.

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Brazil may place tariff on U.S. ethanol

- The Washington Times

U.S. ethanol champions are bracing for the possibility that Brazil, the largest economy in Latin America, could soon land a devastating blow in what increasingly looks like an all-out global trade war over alternative fuels.

In this July 29, 2017, photo, corn farmer Jim Carlson of Silver Creek, Nebraska, waits to be interviewed by a television reporter while standing in front of solar panels he is building on his land in the proposed path of the Keystone XL pipeline. Despite new uncertainty over whether TransCanada, the builder of the Keystone XL pipeline will continue the project, longtime opponents in Nebraska aren't letting their guard down and neither are law enforcement officials who may have to react to protests if it wins approval. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Keystone XL survived politics but economics could kill it

- Associated Press

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline survived nine years of protests, lawsuits and political wrangling that saw the Obama administration reject it and President Donald Trump revive it, but now the project faces the possibility of death by economics.

Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt hasn't said one way or the other whether he plans to pursue the endangerment finding, which provided the legal underpinning for much of the Obama administration's agenda inside the agency. (Associated Press/File)

EPA may lack oxygen to challenge Obama's greenhouse-gas endangerment finding

- The Washington Times

After dismantling a host of Obama-era regulations in its first six months, President Trump's Environmental Protection Agency has yet to begin what would be its toughest fight: reversing the agency's 2009 endangerment finding on greenhouse gases, a game-changing document that laid the foundation for many of the environmental and climate change regulations that followed.

Russian President Vladimir Putin holds an umbrella as he looks at an outdoor fitness equipment installed on the Onezhskaya Embankment in Petrozavodsk, Russia, Wednesday, July 26, 2017. (Mikhail Klimentyev, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Europeans concerned over U.S. sanctions on Russia

- The Washington Times

Proposed U.S. legislation to expand sanctions against Russia has sparked an angry reaction in Europe, where EU officials warned Wednesday the moves could undermine the sensitive energy security relationship between Moscow and Western Europe.

Ethanol bill defeated in Senate

- The Washington Times

In a major defeat for the ethanol industry, senators of both parties joined forces late last week to sink a controversial bill that would've allowed gasoline with 15 percent ethanol to be sold year-round.