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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: A huge open pit iron ore mine proposed for northern Wisconsin is not going to happen, because of the efforts of a number of groups that said the mine would do massive and irreversible environmental damage. The proposed mine would have been four and a half miles long and a mile deep. (Photo credit: bluecheddar.net

MADISON, Wis. - After five years of trying to get permits and approval for a huge open pit taconite mine in Wisconsin's Northwoods at the southern shore of Lake Superior, Gogebic Taconite Corporation has announced it is closing up shop in Wisconsin. The company says further attempts to develop th ...Read More

PHOTO: With so much ice on Michigan waterways, ducks have been forced to compete for food, resulting in malnourishment for many. Photo credit: koan/morguefile.

DETROIT - This winter's subzero temperatures haven't just been a nuisance for humans. They're killing off ducks because many of their food sources have frozen over. But experts say all people can and should do is let nature take its course. Holly Vaughn is a wildlife outreach technician with the D ...Read More

PHOTO: A new report finds that Arches National Park and other public lands are providing a huge economic boost for Moab and the surrounding area. Photo courtesy USA.gov.

MOAB, Utah - A new report adds to a growing stack of studies showing that public lands can have a huge impact on local economies. Chris Mehl, policy director of the nonprofit research group Headwaters Economics, authored a report that analyzed the employment picture in Grand County - which encompas ...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: 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: 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: 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

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