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    PNS Daily News - April 21, 20150 

    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; on this, the eve of Earth Day, President Obama says climate change is this planet’s greatest environmental threat; and a legal battle is brewing of an EPA-approved herbicide that has in it, a component used in Agent Orange; and a Texas woman is facing a big fine for feeding homeless people.

Climate Change/Air Quality

PHOTO: Conservation groups give Congress an "F" on the environment and say the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate was a prime example of that failure. Photo credit: C-Span.

AUGUSTA, Maine – Environmental groups in Maine and across the nation are giving Congress a failing grade on the environment. Gene Karpinski, president of the League of Conservation Voters, says that failing grade especially is true for the first 100 days in the U.S. Senate under Majority Lea ...Read More

PHOTO: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and President Obama. Photo credit: Chaser/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Wednesday marked Mitch McConnell's 100th day as Senate majority leader, and environmental leaders are giving the lawmaker from Kentucky and the rest of the 114th Congress a failing grade. They say the $700 billion invested by the energy sector to secure an industry-friendly agenda is paying ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates in New Hampshire and the nation say Congress deserves a failing grade on the environment for the first 100 days. They say that is especially true for the GOP-led Senate. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons - Scrumshus

CONCORD, N.H. - Congress marked its first 100 days in session on Wednesday, and environmental groups in New Hampshire and the nation say lawmakers deserve a failing grade on key issues. Republicans in Congress say they are trying to promote economic growth by easing regulations, but according to Ro ...Read More

PHOTO: Today marks 100 days for the U.S. Senate this year. A new tally of votes from the Sierra Club and other environmental groups tracked decisions on natural resources, the environment and climate change, showing distinct divides along party lines. Photo credit: hans/

MISSOULA, Mont. - Today is a benchmark for the U.S. Senate. It's the 100th day of the session and a new report from the Sierra Club tracks votes on clean energy, climate change and natural resources. Montana's freshman Senator Steve Daines' record is taken to task, specifically for opposing legis ...Read More

PHOTO: AARP is leading a petition drive against rate hike requests by sister power companies, KU and LG&E. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

LEXINGTON, Ky. - The state's leading senior organization, AARP, is leading a petition drive against proposed rate increases by sister utility companies, Kentucky Utilities Company (KU) and Louisville Gas and Electric Company (LG&E). The Public Service Commission's second public meeting on the req ...Read More

PHOTO: Legislation that would create so-called "community solar,"to benefit people without access to a rooftop, is expected to be on the Governor's desk soon. Photo credit: ankiewolff/

BALTIMORE - Marylanders could soon reach for solar beyond the rooftop. The Senate approved legislation (HB 1087) and SB 398)over the weekend that would establish a three-year, pilot community solar program. Jessica Ennis, legislative representative at Earthjustice, explains solar is out of reach ...Read More

PHOTO: According to Environment Ohio, intense storms have led to a 12 percent increase in precipitation Ohioans have experienced over the past 40 years, and temperatures have risen 1.5 degrees over the last five generations. Photo credit: missprint2/morguefile.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - It may have been a stormy childhood for Ohio's millennial generation. Literally. A new report from the Environment Ohio Research and Policy Center found that today's young adults are experiencing hotter temperatures and more intense storms than did previous generations. According t ...Read More

PHOTO: The Belridge oil field near Taft in Kern County is nearly the size of a major city, and produces an extraordinary volume of wastewater every day, which some water-strapped Central Valley farmers are purchasing to water their crops. Photo credit: Peg Mitchell/San Diego

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - California Gov. Jerry Brown last week ordered the first-ever mandatory water restrictions in state history. The State Water Resources Control Board is imposing an immediate 25 percent reduction in water use among the 400 local water agencies around the state. But Patrick Sulli ...Read More

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