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Grijalva leads push to update 150-year-old federal mining law

Democrats in Congress are hoping to overhaul the nation’s 150-year-old system for mining the elements needed for battery manufacturing, as high gas prices and Russia’s war in Ukraine underline the need to transition from oil and gas to renewable energy sources.... Read more»

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Proposed lithium mine in Nevada would damage ancestral lands, critics say

As the country sources more of the materials needed for green energy domestically, tribal nations and Indigenous groups are fighting a proposed lithium mine in Nevada and a proposed copper mine in Arizona over impacts to culturally important land.... Read more»

Tribes work to harness energy from sun, wind and water as demand for green energy grows

Native American tribes are working to harness energy from wind, sun and water to generate millions of dollars in revenue, create short- and long-term jobs and reduce utility costs for citizens, while also helping combat climate change and boost energy independence.... Read more»

‘Non-sensical’: Energy, fossil fuels get no mention in early outline of COP 26 declaration

The United Kingdom government is taking sharp criticism for a “non-sensical” early outline of the final declaration from the COP 26 climate summit, released Sunday morning, that makes no mention of the words “energy”, “fossil”, “fuel”, or “renewable”.... Read more»

Global leaders pledge to end deforestation, rein in methane

On the second day of a major United Nations climate change conference in Glasgow, world leaders pledged to end deforestation by 2030 and U.S. President Joe Biden pushed to make the United States a leader on reducing methane emissions and halting global warming. ... Read more»

Tax credit for plug-in electric vehicles still available for certain models

Many electric cars and trucks still qualify for a federal tax credit for buyers purchasing plug-in electric vehicles, despite President Biden's misleading claimed that the Trump administration allowed the credit to expire, which, so far, is only the case for models made by Tesla and GM.... Read more»

Senate gears up to get massive infrastructure bill off ground

Democrats racing to vote on the massive Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, after the Senate finally unveiled the 2,702-page bill late Sunday, strode into some quicksand from Republicans less worried about the timeline as the August recess looms. ... Read more»

Ruling sets up renewable energy fight between Az Corp Comm, lawmakers

The Arizona Supreme Court may have opened the door to allowing the legislature to overrule the Corporation Commission on renewable energy standards.... Read more»

Prop. 127 failure isn’t the end for renewable energy, experts say

The fight over whether Arizona should get half of its electricity from solar, wind and other renewable sources turned bitter election night when Attorney General Mark Brnovich called out California billionaire Tom Steyer for using California’s energy policies to try to influence Arizona’s policies.... Read more»

Analysis

Arizona, Nevada voters split on renewable energy measures

Arizonans rejected a renewable energy proposition but the trend continues at the state level to encourage and increase standards in this emerging technology.... Read more»

Obama's numbers, January update

More jobs, higher paychecks, falling fuel prices: Our latest scorecard. ... Read more»

Texas now hands-down leader in wind power

When Gov. Rick Perry first took office, Texas’ wind energy sector hardly existed. But the state has since become the nation’s leader in wind energy generation, Jim Malewitz writes, and Perry — more commonly associated with oil and gas — helped steer that boom. ... Read more»

Obama's numbers, April update

Corporations and stockholders are still prospering under Barack Obama’s presidency, while the economy steadily adds more jobs and millions sign up for health insurance under Obamacare. Wages remain stagnant for those who have jobs, and there are still 3.7 million who have been jobless for six months or more. U.S. oil production is booming and dependence on oil imports is plunging, but the national debt has now almost exactly doubled under this president, and historically large deficits continue.... Read more»

Report: Phoenix ranks high among solar cities

Phoenix ranks No. 6 among a group of large U.S. cities in an environmental group's accounting of per-capita photovoltaic capacity. For total capacity, Phoenix ranks behind only Los Angeles and San Diego. ... Read more»

Enviros pack Capitol to back wolves, parks

Scores of environmentalists from around Arizona joined Bahr for Environmental Day at the Capitol to back action on environmental issues such as protecting the endangered Mexican gray wolf, supporting state parks and promoting renewable energy.... Read more»

Report: Az solar jobs picture not so sunny in 2013

Arizona posted the second-highest number of solar-industry jobs in the nation for the second year in a row in 2013, despite losing1,242 jobs from a year earlier, according to a new report.... Read more»

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