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PHOTO: Operated as a coal plant for decades, this facility in Austin, Minn., was converted to burn natural gas as Minnesota has moved to limit pollution in recent years. Photo credit: Jerry Huddleston/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota advocates are adding their voices to the growing call for approval of a federal plan to significantly reduce carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants. The proposal from the Environmental Protection Agency aims to reduce power-sector emissions by 30 percent ...Read More

PHOTO: On Thursday, Environment North Carolina released a report outlining the reasons North Carolina should continue its brisk pace for solar-energy development, and generate 20 percent of its power from solar by 2030. Photo courtesy of Environment North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians have the power of the sun to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, according to a new report from Environment North Carolina. The analysis found the state has one of the fastest-growing solar industries in the nation, growing by 127 percent in rec ...Read More

PHOTO: Landowners on the route of proposed natural gas pipelines in West Virginia and Virginia have a good legal basis for denying the companies permission to survey on their land, according to legal experts. Photo courtesy of Appalachian Mountain Advocates.

LEWISBURG, W.Va. - Pipeline companies who want to build lines through West Virginia and neighboring Virginia have told some landowners they can survey on their land without the landowners' permission. Legal experts, however, say those companies don't have that right - yet. Attorney Joe Lovett with ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report says Wyoming needs to do more to prevent the burning off of natural gas resources. Credit: Joshua Doubek/Wikimedia Commons

LANDER, Wy. - When it comes to the flaring of natural gas, some analysts say Wyoming should be following the lead of Alaska, which has strict rules that seldom allow the practice. In Wyoming, however, excess natural gas goes up in flames every day - typically at oil drilling sites where natural gas ...Read More

PHOTO: A mid-November dusting of snow on this electric meter is a reminder of the heating bills ahead. Applications are now being accepted for a one-time subsidy from the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program. Photo by Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - The calendar says it's still fall - but this week's snow, sleet and single-digit wind chills have plunged Kentucky into the heart of winter, early. For some, keeping their homes warm is a struggle. That's where a government program known as LIHEAP comes in. Mike Moynahan, energy pr ...Read More

PHOTO: As some churches around Ohio make steps to become energy efficient, First Presbyterian Church of Athens has received an EPA award for its efforts. Photo courtesy of Ohio Interfaith Power and Light.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - "Going green" is a matter of faith for some houses of worship in Ohio. They are implementing measures that save money and help the environment. At First Presbyterian Church of Athens, Pastor Rob Martin says addressing greenhouses gases that lead to climate change seems like an overw ...Read More

PHOTO: Low-income homeowners in Indiana who need help keeping their homes warm can apply for assistance through the Energy Assistance Program, known as LIHEAP. Photo credit: Freeman/morguefile.

INDIANAPOLIS - Inches of snow and temperatures below zero are making it an especially frigid November in Indiana, which translates to higher heating bills. The Energy Assistance Program might be able to help cushion the blow for those who struggle to keep their homes warm. The program provides util ...Read More

PHOTO: A plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants is finding growing support among farmers and families in Iowa, where not combating climate change could mean more weather extremes and lower yields. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

HARLAN, Iowa - As a major proposal to cut carbon pollution from the country's aging power plants is considered in Washington D.C., people from all walks of life are calling for approval, including a mom and farmer from Iowa. Ellen Walsh-Rosmann and her family grow corn, beans and more on their sp ...Read More

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