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PHOTO: West Virginia Commissioner of Agriculture Walt Helmick says a small program at the agency is helping veterans become beekeepers on old surface mine land. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - With a little help from the state, a few veterans have some old surface mines abuzz with a new kind of activity. A year-old program by the West Virginia Department of Agriculture is helping vets set up beehives and raise honey on old mine land. Agriculture Commissioner Walt H ...Read More

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll finds 66 percent of Granite State voters want to see Senator Jean Shaheen support legislation to address the effects of climate change. Photo credit: U.S. Senate.

CONCORD, N.H. - Fresh off the midterm elections, a new poll finds broad support among Granite State voters - regardless of political stripe - for lawmakers to take action on climate change. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club, says no matter which party those polled i ...Read More

PHOTO: Several rural Montana electricity co-op members are encouraging co-ops to diversify their energy sources, including adding more wind and solar. Photo credit: Bob Henson/National Science Foundation.

FERGUS COUNTY, Mont. - Rural electric co-ops in Western Montana have made no secret of their opposition to proposed EPA rules that would require a reduction in carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants. Some of the co-ops have long-term contracts with energy companies to purchase coal-generated ...Read More

PHOTO: The Florida Public Service Commission is expected to make an announcement Tuesday on the request by state utilities to reduce incentives for energy-efficiency programs. Photo credit: SafeEnergy.org.

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A decision expected Tuesday from Florida's Public Service Commission (PSC) could impact how much the state's consumers pay for energy usage for years to come. The PSC has been deliberating on requests from utilities, including Duke Energy, to cut benefits offered by money-saving ...Read More

PHOTO: A new National Wildlife Federation poll shows a majority of sportsmen in 11 western states are in favor of protecting the greater sage grouse. Photo credit: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

DENVER - Turkeys aren't the only birds on the minds of Coloradans this Thanksgiving week. The greater sage grouse is also attracting attention, but because of the bird's declining numbers. A new poll released by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) found a majority of sportsmen surveyed in 11 wes ...Read More

PHOTO: Members of the 'Yes On 92' campaign took to the phones after the election to find voters whose ballots had been challenged, in case validating them might result in an additional vote for their ballot measure. Photo courtesy Yes On 92.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It may be Christmas before Oregonians know the fate of genetically-engineered (GE) food labeling in the state. The initial November ballot counts become official next week, Dec. 4, but for Measure 92, to require labeling of food products with genetically-engineered ingredients sold ...Read More

PHOTO: A new poll shows 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed back protection of greater sage-grouse habitat. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will decide next year if the species will be listed under the Endangered Species Act. Photo credit: Jeannie Stafford/USFWS

BILLINGS, Mont. - Turkey is probably the most popular bird in Montana this week, but greater sage-grouse also have a fan club, at least among hunters. A new poll from the National Wildlife Federation finds 90 percent of Montana hunters surveyed say it's important to protect greater sage-grouse habit ...Read More

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