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    PNS Daily News - February 5, 20150 


    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; another blast of winter weather with snow days that impact more than just learning; a protest underway of child deaths from American drone attacks; and the big chill of 2015 has even ducks in distress.

Energy Policy

PHOTO: This Kentucky sunset may be bright, but the state's solar job market is dim. The latest Solar Job Census ranks Kentucky near the bottom nationally. Experts say changes can be made to improve renewable energy options. Photo credit: Greg Stotelmyer.

FRANKFORT, Ky. - A dim finding on solar jobs in Kentucky. The latest Solar Jobs Census places Kentucky 44th per capita in terms of work in the solar industries. Matt Partymiller, operating manager of Lexington-based Solar Energy Solutions, the oldest solar energy provider in a state, which he says " ...Read More

PHOTO: An aerial view of Terminal Five at the Port of Seattle shows the location at the heart of a lawsuit filed on Monday to stop oil drilling ships from being docked and repaired in Puget Sound. Photo courtesy of the Port of Seattle.

SEATTLE - It's turning out to be a big week for oil transport issues in Washington. On Monday, four conservation groups filed a lawsuit in King County Superior Court, challenging the Port of Seattle's decision to allow oil drilling ships to be housed and repaired at the port's Terminal Five. Becky ...Read More

PHOTO: A recent BLM Resource Development Plan is being widely criticized for putting the interests of oil and gas companies ahead of landowners, wildlife and the health of Mesa Verde National Park. Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
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DENVER - Conservationists, land owners and local officials all say they're concerned about the Bureau of Land Management's (BLM) Tres Rios Resource Management Plan. The plan opens up over 90 percent of the 800,000 acres managed by the BLM to oil and gas development in southwest Colorado. Chris Saeg ...Read More

PHOTO: Despite progress toward its renewable energy goals, Michigan's solar industry took a hit last year with employment dropping from 2,700 in 2013 to 2,100 in 2014. Photo credit: Ben Grader/Morguefile.

LANSING, Mich. - Michigan's solar industry has seen sunnier days, as new rankings show the state has dropped from 14th to 20th in the nation for solar employment. Experts say a lack of clear direction is partly to blame. The good news is Michigan is on track to have 10 percent of its energy come fr ...Read More

PHOTO: The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the environmental voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Photo credit: Wally Gobetz/Flickr.

NEW YORK - The League of Conservation Voters has released its National Environmental Scorecard tallying the voting record for each member of Congress, and New York lawmakers ranked far better than many of their colleagues. Most of New York's congressional delegation earned marks of 80 percent or be ...Read More

PHOTO: Photo courtesy of the U.S. Dept. of Energy.

POCATELLO, Idaho - Nuclear waste has a complicated history in Idaho, and many of those complications have resurfaced because of the shutdown of a waste storage site in New Mexico and a decision by the Governor to allow Idaho to accept spent nuclear fuel. The Snake River Alliance is holding meetin ...Read More

PHOTO: One of New York's top environmental watchdog groups has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for the next year, and has some recommendations. Photo credit: Azi Paybarah/Flickr

NEW YORK – New York's top environmental watchdog group has finished its review of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's budget proposal for next year, and it is less than pleased. Environmental Advocates of New York is the only group that issues a budget review while looking through a green lens, and the grou ...Read More

PHOTO: The number of solar industry jobs in Missouri dropped from 2,800 in 2013 to 2,500 in 2014, according to a new analysis from The Solar Foundation. Photo credit: pedrojperez/morguefile.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Policy squabbles and a fight over rebates may have clouded Missouri's once blossoming solar industry, according to new data that shows the state lost 300 solar jobs last year. The latest analysis now ranks the state 16th in the nation for solar industry employment, down ...Read More

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