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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: A recent BLM Resource Development Plan is being widely criticized for putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of landowners, wildlife and the health of Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
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DENVER - Conservationists, land owners and local officials all say they're concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tres Rios Resource Management Plan. The plan opens up over 90 percent of the 800,000 acres managed by the BLM to oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Chris Saeg ...Read More

PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be ...Read More

PHOTO: One of New York's top environmental watchdog groups has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for the next year, and has some recommendations. Photo credit: Azi Paybarah/Flickr

NEW YORK – New York's top environmental watchdog group has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for next year, and it is less than pleased. Environmental Advocates of New York is the only group that issues a budget review while looking through a green lens, and the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of solar industry jobs in Missouri dropped from 2,800 in 2013 to 2,500 in 2014, according to a new analysis from The Solar Foundation. Photo credit: pedrojperez/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Policy squabbles and a fight over rebates may have clouded Missouri's once blossoming solar industry, according to new data that shows the state lost 300 solar jobs last year. The latest analysis now ranks the state 16th in the nation for solar industry employment, down ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of jobs in the solar industry is growing at blazing pace, according to an annual census of solar employment. Photo courtesy of the World Resource Institute.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Job growth in the solar industry is blazing nationally, although cooling a bit in Pennsylvania. An annual census by The Solar Foundation found the number of jobs in the industry up by nearly a quarter over the year before and up nearly 90 percent since 2010. Andrea Luecke, presid ...Read More

PHOTO: Montana's congressional delegation has been graded on votes cast related to environmental issues. It's a mixed report card. Photo of the Great Bear Wilderness courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service

BILLINGS, Mont. - It's a mixed set of grades for Montana's congressional delegation in a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters. The scoring was based on votes related to environment, energy and public health last year. Sen. Jon Tester and former Sen. John Wals ...Read More

PHOTO: Texas has the country's sixth-highest number of workers in the solar industry at nearly 7,000, according to the latest National Solar Jobs Census. Photo credit: Paul Sableman/Flickr.

AUSTIN, Texas - The sun is shining a bit brighter on the solar industry in the Lone Star State, as the latest analysis shows the state continues to gain jobs in that market. Andrea Luecke, president and executive director of The Solar Foundation, says the number of solar energy-related jobs in Texa ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report examines the ways concerns about the Clean Power Plan's impact on electric grid reliability can be addressed with strong operating procedures already used in the industry. Photo credit: D Sharon Pruitt/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – State regulators are determining how Ohio will meet the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed carbon emission reduction goals, and a new report highlights ways the industry can ensure the electric grid stays reliable. Some opponents argue the Clean Power Plan will ...Read More

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