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    PNS Daily News - March 27, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; airlines worldwide reported to be considering revamping cockpit rules; Philadelphia police shootings said to be part of a larger pattern; a new report ranks the jobs picture for college grads; and a comeback story for the piping plover.

Energy Policy

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: A local court decision could slow the huge pipelines aiming to bring Marcellus gas to eastern markets. Photo by

RICHMOND, Va. - A Virginia county court case may slow construction of big proposed natural-gas pipelines - a delay opponents say the pipelines can ill afford. A Suffolk County court said the Atlantic Coast Pipeline did not follow the proper procedure when notifying a landowner. The company describe ...Read More

PHOTO: Spring has sprung, which means greater sage-grouse males are strutting their stuff, and females are checking out the goods. Fans are gathering near Craig, Colo., to support protections for sage-grouse habitat. Photo courtesy U.S. Forest Service.

DENVER – Spring is in the air, and fans of the greater sage-grouse are hosting a tour this weekend near Craig, Colo., hoping to catch the bird's famous mating dance. It's part of an effort to draw attention to the protection of sage-grouse habitat. The oil and gas industry is pushing back aga ...Read More

PHOTO: Four oil-train derailments and explosions in a single month (Feb.) prompted Washington's U.S. Senators to introduce legislation outlining major oil-shipment safety improvements. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Transportation.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - On Wednesday, Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray introduced a bill in Congress to improve safety of oil shipments by rail. It would require thicker tank car walls and safety features, and set limits on how volatile crude oil can be for rail transport. It also would ...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

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