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    PNS Daily News- February 12, 20160 


    Here's what we're following: the Clean Power Plan is being put on hold for now but wildlife advocates say that's no reason for states to stop making changes, more people are being exonerated in the United States and Albert Einstein made a prediction over a century ago, and he was right.

Climate Change/Air Quality

Colorado's governor says the state won't back down on its efforts to reduce climate pollution, even though the U.S. Supreme Court has temporarily blocked implementation of the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (Mohsan Dabiri-e Vaziri/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER - On the heels of this week's U.S. Supreme Court decision temporarily blocking implementation of the Clean Power Plan, Gov. John Hickenlooper says Colorado still is committed to having the cleanest air in the nation and will continue to work to reduce emissions. The high court's move comes a ...Read More

Even though the U.S. Supreme Court has stayed EPA carbon-pollution limits, observers expect Virginia's power grid to continue to move away from coal. (Sierra Club)

RICHMOND, Va. - Despite a Supreme Court ruling delaying carbon-pollution limits, observers expect the changes under way in Virginia's power grid to continue. In response to a lawsuit by coal and oil companies and states, the court stayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's rules ...Read More

Maine is one state that already is on the path to curbing carbon emissions and plans to continue, no matter what the courts rule about the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (hotblack/Morguefile)

BANGOR, Maine - A state leader says Maine will not back down on its work to reduce the threat of climate change. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan pending a U.S. appeals court review. However, according to Maine Attorne ...Read More

Conservation groups want Montana to rely less on coal-fired power plants such as Colstrip, even though the U.S. Supreme Court put the Clean Power Plan on hold. (Talen Energy)

HELENA, Mont. - Conservation and clean-energy groups are urging Montana to continue its path toward renewable energy despite a setback this week, when the U.S. Supreme Court put a temporary hold on the Clean Power Plan while it's in litigation. Montana is one of 27 states that sued the Environmenta ...Read More

President Obama's budget proposals fully fund drought-fighting measures that are supported by conservation groups. (NOAA)

LOS ANGELES - California conservation groups are cheering President Obama's new budget proposal for fiscal year 2017 because it fully funds important anti-drought measures. For example, the budget would put $2 million toward better instruments to measure the water flowing through the Klamath Basin ...Read More

EPA data suggests that measures to cut carbon pollution under the Clean Power Plan will provide nearly $54 billion in climate and health benefits. (erdenebayar/Morguefile)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The saga over the merits of the Clean Power Plan continues, with the U.S. Supreme Court staying implementation of the standards pending legal challenges. But supporters are confident the standards will ultimately be upheld. Ohio is among 27 states suing the Environmental P ...Read More

Agriculture is the major source of nitrogen and sediment pollution.  (Lynn Betts/Wikimedia Commons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Environmentalists are concerned that the budget proposed by Gov. Tom Wolf on Tuesday is short of the resources needed to meet the state's clean water obligations. Harry Campbell, director of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation's Pennsylvania office says it will take almost $380 millio ...Read More

Taxpayers can help protect non-game species, including Minnesota's state bird, the common loon, by making a donation on their state income-tax forms. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As many of us are preparing our income taxes, one state agency is reminding Minnesotans there's an easy way to help protect wildlife at tax time. All it takes is checking the box on the state tax form to donate to the Nongame Wildlife Program, part of the Minnesota Department of ...Read More

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