Conservation & Green Economy

Chattanooga VW Plant Is Benchmark for Environmental Efficiency

A top Volkswagen official said the automaker's Chattanooga plant will serve as the blueprint for new factories worldwide and has become a benchmark for environmental efficiency.

Kentucky Coal Jobs Lowest Since 1927

The number of coal jobs in Kentucky continued falling in the second quarter, hitting the lowest level since the state began tracking that figure, according to a new state report.

Climate Change Already Taking Toll on California

California lakes are warming, sea levels are rising, wildfires are spreading, and plants and animals are migrating to higher ground as climate changes take hold throughout the state, a new report says.

Natural Gas Export Project OK'd

A third company has been licensed to sell U.S. natural gas overseas, renewing fears that widespread exports could mean price speaks at home.

Lawyers Try to Shut Down High-speed Rail Project

Attorneys fighting California's high-speed train project in the San Joaquin Valley offered a look at the legal intricacies of the system Tuesday.

California Sued Over Nuclear Waste Dumping

A consumer group Tuesday sued the state of California over allegations that it is allowing Boeing to demolish radiation-contaminated structures and dispose of the debris at sites not licensed to receive radioactive waste.

EPA Eases Long-criticized Biofuel Rule

The Obama administration on Tuesday told refiners to blend 16.55 billion gallons of renewable fuels into the nation's gasoline supply this year, while paring a specialized ethanol requirement that the oil industry had criticized as too ambitious.

Wind Power Blows Closer to Home

Americans are installing more wind turbines near homes, farms and businesses to generate their own electricity, a Department of Energy lab is reporting.

Renewable Energy Project Could Mean Jobs

A Connecticut town hopes to create hundreds of jobs if a bid for a $100 million renewable energy project is approved by the by state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection.

California Fishing Groups Sue to Stop Sea Otters

Shellfish harvesters in California have filed suit saying the state's "otter-free" zone wasn't properly terminated.

Moniz Offers Olive Branch to Coal Industry

If the Obama administration is indeed waging a "war on coal," as its critics contend, then Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is trying to bridge the opposing camps.

Fat Plants Could Boost Biofuel Production

Researchers at Michigan State have successfully engineered a plant that stores oil in its leaves as well as its seeds, which could be a boon for biofuel production.

House Blocks Environmental Fixes

The House threw a wrench in President Obama's climate change initiative by voting to limit the government's ability to enact environmental regulations.

High-speed Rail Board to Keep Costs in Check

The California High-Speed Rail Authority on Thursday approved a policy aimed at keeping construction costs in check amid fears of cost overruns.

Ford F-150 Now Has Natural Gas Option

A version of Ford Motor Co.'s popular F-150 pickup truck can be prepped to run on natural gas as well as gasoline for the 2014 model year, a move the automaker says it's making in response to customer demand.

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