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    PNS Daily News - April 1, 20150 


    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown; Arkansas following on the heels of Indiana with a religious freedom law; Florida’s governor says he deserves the credit for job creation; mountain goats making the case for climate change; and plenty of folks stepping-up for National Walking Day.

Environmental Justice

PHOTO: New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. Photo credit: Jonathan Percy/CC.

NEW YORK - New York is drawing more of its electricity from wind power than ever, but that trend could stop if the state abandons its renewable-energy targets this year. The state's renewable-energy standard requires New York to get 30 percent of its electricity from sources such as wind and solar, ...Read More

PHOTO: The Washington Legislature is considering ways to help regional utilities end their use of power from the Colstrip Generating Station in Montana. Environmental groups want a timeline for the transition and protections for ratepayers. Photo copyright Paul K. Anderson; used with his permission.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Environmental advocates from across the state made their way to Olympia on Wednesday to underscore what they say is the need to make more definite plans for Washington utilities to stop using coal power generated out-of-state. A bill that passed in the Washington Senate (SB 5 ...Read More

PHOTO: A 2012 report estimated that 56 percent of Americans live near a coal- or oil-burning power plant that could be affected by the EPA's limits on airborne toxins. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch, Earthjustice.

The U.S. Supreme Court is to hear arguments about whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require power plants to clean up their toxic emissions, as the coal industry and its supporters continue to challenge the agency's standards for mercury and other airborne toxins. The case is full of s ...Read More

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether the EPA can require coal and oil power plants, including 19 utilities in New York state, to clean up toxic airborne emissions. Photo credit: glennia/Flickr

NEW YORK - The Supreme Court is to hear arguments today about whether the Environmental Protection Agency can require coal and oil power plants - including 19 utilities in New York state - to cut back on toxic emissions. A coalition of states and fossil-fuels groups has asked the court to prevent t ...Read More

PHOTO: A giant inflatable coal plant is near the steps of the Capitol today for a rally in support of legislation that would require power companies to eliminate coal-generated electricity from the grid by 2025. Photo courtesy of the Sierra Club's Beyond Coal Campaign.

SALEM, Ore. - Renewable energy and coal are in a tug-of-war in Salem today. It's a literal demonstration in front of the Capitol steps to draw attention to debate on the Coal to Clean Energy legislation (SB 477; HB 2729), which would move electric utilities toward more local, renewable energy. Amy ...Read More

MAP: Huge pipelines originating near the West Virginia/Pennsylvania border and intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets are running into spreading resistance from landowners on the routes. Map courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Huge pipelines intended to carry Marcellus and Utica natural gas to eastern markets are running into spreading resistance from landowners. Richmond-based Dominion Resources and its partners have filed about 100 lawsuits against landowners who are resisting surveying crews f ...Read More

PHOTO: A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. He vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns about the impact on development of new renewable projects. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - A bill sitting on Gov. Steve Bullock's desk is one he's seen before. The legislation would allow existing hydropower dams to qualify for incentives under the state's Renewable Energy Standard. The governor vetoed a similar bill two years ago because of concerns that the move would a ...Read More

PHOTO: Proposed revisions of Pennsylvania natural gas drilling rules are drawing some praise from citizen and environmental activists, including Gretchen Dahlkemper with Moms Clean Air Force. Photo credit: Tammy Bradshaw Photography.

HARRISBURG, Pa. - Citizen and environmental groups are giving cautious praise to proposed revisions of the regulation of Pennsylvania natural gas drilling, better known as fracking. New rules coming from Governor Tom Wolf and the Department of Environmental Protection would tighten air pollution an ...Read More

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