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PHOTO: Environmental advocates say Missouri should learn from the energy policies implemented in other states to improve its energy efficiency ranking and prepare for a cleaner energy future. Image courtesy of American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The report card is in, and when it comes to taking steps to lower energy costs, reduce pollution, and save consumers money, Missouri isn't making the grade. The ranking from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy puts Missouri 44th in the nation, down one spot from las ...Read More

PHOTO: West Virginia can reach federal carbon pollution reduction goals, according to a new study. Combined pictures of the Mount Storm coal-fired power plant and the Tucker County Mountaineer Wind Farm from the report, taken by Evan Hansen.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - West Virginia can cut carbon pollution enough to reach federal goals, mostly though increased energy efficiency, according to a new study. James Van Nostrand, associate professor and director from the Center for Energy and Sustainable Development at the WVU College of Law is on ...Read More

PHOTO: One acre of wetland can absorb as much as one million gallons of water, according to a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation. Many Michiganders are still recovering from the damage caused by five inches of rain which fell in August. Photo credit: M. Shand.

LANSING, Mich. – As many Michiganders are still cleaning up from the devastating effects of last summer's storms while bracing for winter, a recent report from the National Wildlife Federation suggests some of the best resources for preventing major flooding can be found right outside. Colli ...Read More

PHOTO: The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project says a Yale study found more than a dozen health impacts in up to 40 percent of residents interviewed about nearby fracking wells in Western Pennsylvania. Photo credit: Joshua B. Probanic/Public Herald.

BUTLER COUNTY, Pa. - As natural gas drilling pads, pipelines and compressor stations spring up around the state, groups of parents calling themselves Protect Our Children are hoping for at least a one-mile buffer between infrastructure and schools and playgrounds. Penni Lechner, a mother in Summit ...Read More

PHOTO: A new analysis from The Wilderness Society of BLM management plans throughout the West shows that oil and gas is favored other over uses. In Wyoming, 95 percent has been made available for development. Photo courtesy of BLM.

LANDER, Wyo. - Ninety-five percent for oil and gas, 5 percent for everything else. An analysis from The Wilderness Society shows that the Bureau of Land Management has made almost all its land within Wyoming available for development. Nada Culver, director of the society's BLM Action Center, said t ...Read More

PHOTO: Rooftop solar has become a significant enough issue for utility companies to seek new fees from homeowners who install it. Photo by Alfred Twu.

RICHMOND, Va. - Utilities in several states including Virginia are turning to new charges to make up for revenue they're losing to homes with solar power. The price of solar panels has fallen dramatically, and more people are installing them. In response, industry groups are urging states to let po ...Read More

PHOTO: The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation will listen to public complaints about its website today. The Northern Plains Resource Council has requested better transparency at the agency, as people living near areas of intense oil and gas development seek details on impacts. Photo of a Bakken drill rig by Stephanie Gaswirth/USGS.

BILLINGS, Mont. - The Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) meets today and the first topic of business is a request from the Northern Plains Resource Council to improve public access to information about the impacts of oil and gas development. Council member Pat Wilson of Bainville says as a r ...Read More

PHOTO: A U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service decision against listing wolverines as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act is being challenged in court. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

JACKSON, Wy. - First they said they would. Then they said they wouldn't. So now, the courts may make the call on whether the wolverine should be listed as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service had proposed the listing last year, but reversed course in Augu ...Read More

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