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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Energy Policy

PHOTO: A coalition of activists from across the U.S. gathered in D.C. in support of the Environmental Protection Agency Clean Power Plan. Photo credit: Bomazi/Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - Colorado clean-air advocates gathered in the nation's capital this week to urge Congress, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House to put the health of children and the planet above polluters. Last year, the EPA announced the first-ever standards to reduce carbon pollution ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent oil spill along the California coast has North Carolina leaders and residents concerned about the potential for renewed offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard. Photo credit: MConnors/Morguefile.

KURE BEACH, N.C. - The cleanup is underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, after an underground pipeline ruptured earlier this week, leaking crude oil over at least four miles of coastline. While North Carolina's beaches are thousands of miles away, the Obama administration recently aut ...Read More

PHOTO: A 10-year review of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard shows it created 100 new jobs a year, and added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

HELENA, Mont. - Renewable energy has evolved into a multimillion-dollar industry in Montana. A new report takes a look at the economic landscape during the 10 years of the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard and finds renewable energy has added $17 million to the annual gross state product. Jeff ...Read More

Photo: Duke Energy announced plans to retire Asheville's Lake Julian coal-fired power plant and build a natural gas and solar generation facility. Photo credit: Asheville Beyond Coal

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In four-to-five years North Carolina will have one less coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy on Tuesday announced plans to retire Asheville's 376-megawatt coal plant. It's something the Beyond Coal campaign has sought for the last five years and senior representative Kelly Martin ...Read More

PHOTO: U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell is being asked by New Mexico's U.S. senators to take a closer look at federal government's oil and gas development policies near Chaco Culture National Historic Park. Photo courtesy National Park Service.

SANTA FE, N.M. – New Mexico's congressional delegation is asking U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell to monitor a possible escalation of fracking in an area considered sacred by many Native Americans. In a letter to Jewell, Sens. Tom Udall and Martin Heinrich and Rep. Ben Ray Lujan stress t ...Read More

Photo: Health care, policy and environmental advocates are gathering in Nashville to discuss the impact of climate change on health, environment and other factors. Photo credit: demondimum/morguefile.com

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today policymakers, scholars and medical practitioners are convening in Nashville to discuss the EPA's Clean Power Plan, which is expected to be announced sometime this summer. While the economic and environmental benefits of renewable energy are often discussed, Dr. Don A ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report bolsters New York towns such as Dryden that won the right to zone out fracking because of health and safety concerns. Photo credit: Chris Jordan-Bloch Earthjustice.

ALBANY, N.Y. - A new report backs up Gov. Andrew Cuomo's decision to ban fracking and details a wide range of environmental dangers. Earthjustice managing attorney Deborah Goldberg said the Department of Environmental Conservation report spells out a long list of potential dangers from fracking ope ...Read More

PHOTO: With an increasing number of Iowans impacted by energy transmission projects, new research points to key strategies for landowners in cases that may involve eminent domain. Photo credit: Western Area Power/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the changing landscape of energy transmission in Iowa often comes the contentious use of eminent domain, but new research says the shortcomings can and must be addressed because a growing number of the population is being impacted. Johnathan Hladik, a senior policy advocate ...Read More

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