DETROIT (AP) — Owners of 482,000 diesel Volkswagens and Audis in the U.S. are eligible for $1,000 in gift cards and vouchers as the automaker strives to placate customers dismayed by an emissions-rigging scandal.
VW announced the offer Monday. The car owners have been in limbo since mid-September, when VW admitted the cars are equipped with software that turns on pollution controls during government tests and turns them off while on the road.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — This year is on track to be a record 1 degree Celsius (1.8 degrees Fahrenheit) hotter than the 19th-century average, hitting a symbolic milestone in the temperature rise that scientists blame mostly on human activities, Britain's weather service said Monday.
To measure global warming, scientists compare today's temperature level with that of the latter part of the 19th century, when record keeping began and before humans started burning fossil fuels on a large scale, releasing heat-trapping carbon dioxide into the air.
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — Peabody Energy, the world's biggest private-sector coal company, violated New York laws with misleading statements to investors and the public about the financial risks from climate change and potential regulatory responses, New York's attorney general said Monday.
St. Louis-based Peabody didn't admit or deny those findings in an agreement signed Sunday, but it did agree to revise its shareholder disclosures with the Securities and Exchange Commission to describe possible future reductions in projected demand for coal. The agreement doesn't require the company to pay fines or reimburse New York for the cost of the investigation.
Environmental groups, Democratic presidential candidates and Democratic lawmakers are asking that the Justice Department and the Securities and Exchange Commission investigate Exxon Mobil over allegations the company was misleading about climate change, The Hill reports.
Legal experts have told The New York Times that it's significant that Exxon did publish peer reviewed climate research, in contrast to tobacco companies in the late 1990s, who tried to hide evidence of its addictiveness and potential damage.
An “out-of-control” Justice Department didn’t want facts, but a conviction to pin blame on someone related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, former BP engineer Kurt Mix wrote in an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, after agreeing to a plea bargain to end the legal case against him.
TORONTO (AP) — Following the Obama administration's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline, the oil industry faces the tricky task of making sure the crude oil targeted for the pipeline still gets where it needs to go.
The pipeline, first proposed by TransCanada Corp. in 2008, was projected to carry 800,000 barrels a day of crude from Canada and North Dakota down to Nebraska, where existing pipelines would bring it to refineries on the Gulf Coast.
STOCKHOLM (AP) — Levels of carbon dioxide and methane, the two most important greenhouse gases, reached record highs last year, continuing the warming effect on the world's climate, the U.N. weather agency said Monday.
CO2 levels rose to nearly 398 parts per million, from 396 ppm in 2013, the World Meteorological Organization said.
CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Just back from a trade mission that took him to Japan and India, Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead said he expects ports in the Northwest will eventually allow coal exports from the Powder River Basin to Asia — but he doesn't know when.
Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producing state, is scrambling to find new markets to make up for slipping domestic demand.
LONG BEACH, N.Y. (AP) — Environmentalists and some residents of coastal communities are fighting a proposed liquefied natural gas transfer point in the waters off New York and New Jersey, saying it could endanger the environment and be a tempting target for terrorists.
But Canada-based Liberty Natural Gas LLC says the proposal to develop the deep-water docking station known as Port Ambrose will help bring in more supplies of clean energy and lower some of the most expensive home heating bills in the nation.
Pioneer Natural Resources is the second U.S. firm, after Enterprise Products, to begin exploring how to take advantage of the end of the U.S. oil export ban and could begin shipments by the middle of next year, The Hill reports.
Two competing initiatives designed to give Florida residents a constitutional right to rooftop solar energy are running out of time without enough signatures yet to make next November's ballot, the Naples Daily News reports.
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive joined Sen. Charles E. Schumer in Buffalo this week to call the five-year extension of a federal tax subsidy "super important" to the continued growth of the solar power industry, The Buffalo News reports.
Continued concerns about oversupply forced oil prices downward early Wednesday, nearing an 11-year low already reached once this week. London Brent fell 31 cents to $37.05 a barrel while U.S. crude remained unchanged at $37.50, Reuters reports.
A group of researchers at MIT, the University of California-Berkeley, and the University of Colorado have developed a new computer microchip that uses optical technology and creates the potential to make future computer data centers more energy efficient, the journal Science reports.
A Japanese court on Thursday rejected safety concerns and approved letting Kansai Electric Power, the country's second biggest utility, restart four nuclear reactors shuttered since the 2011 Fukushima disaster, Reuters reports.