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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2018 


As the DOJ tries a rare direct appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court on DACA, a new report says border patrol agents have been vandalizing water left for migrants; also, on today's rundown a labor dispute in Minnesota could affect Super Bowl week; and the Interior decision nears on sage-grouse plans.

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Public News Service - CA: Energy Policy

California petitioned Congress to be able to implement new, more efficient light-bulb standards two years before the rest of the country. (Alvimann/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Light bulb! Here's an idea – experts say Californians can save money and energy by choosing Light Emitting Diode (LED) or Compact Fluorescent (CFL) bulbs. And starting Jan. 1, the incandescent bulbs that have been around since Edison's time will be illegal to man

A new report highlights the threats fishing nets pose to sea turtles, which will continue in California now that the feds have withdrawn a proposed rule designed to protect them. (NOAA)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The federal government is harming endangered species by disregarding the science when making political decisions, according to a new report. The study, Suppressed: How Politics Drowned out Science for Ten Endangered Species, cites as its first example a decision in June

Purple Coral thrives in the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary off the California coast, which is under federal review. (Dr. Steve Lonhart)

MONTEREY, Calif. - Four marine sanctuaries off the California coast are at risk of being downsized, possibly to make way for oil-drilling operations - and people only have until tomorrow to put in their two cents. The public comment period is coming to a close on a review ordered by President Trum

Environmental advocates say leaks from gas water heaters are a major source of greenhouse-gas emissions in California. (Donnie B/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - If you're interested in reducing your carbon footprint, conservation advocates say one good way is to replace your natural gas-fueled water heater, stove or pool pump with one that runs on electricity. The advocates are pushing state agencies to take action over the next few wee

Infrared imaging shows the 2015 natural gas leak in Aliso Canyon. New rules would reduce methane leaks from pipelines. (Environmental Defense Fund)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Conservation advocates are breathing more easily – and utility companies are preparing compliance plans – after the California Public Utilities Commission passed groundbreaking new rules on the storage and distribution of natural gas. The rules force gas util

A Napa geyser is evidence of California's geothermal resources, which scientists say should be a bigger part of the state's renewable-energy portfolio. (maisna/iStockphoto)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Geothermal-energy experts are meeting in Sacramento today to plot California's energy future, with an eye on further developing what they say is a reliable, inexhaustible source of energy. The California Energy Commission is sponsoring the workshop to discuss a new three-year p

The state of California will begin to decommission Platform Holly near Santa Barbara - the last offshore rig in state waters. (Linda Krop)

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – The last remaining offshore oil platform in California waters will now be decommissioned, after Venoco, the company that owns it, declared bankruptcy and handed the lease back to the state. Platform Holly off of Santa Barbara was shut down two years ago after a nearby

Grasslands are being lost to crops for ethanol production, particularly near ethanol plants, according to a new study. (cl_convoy/morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new report shows the Renewable Fuel Standard has had some unintended consequences – leading to the loss of 7 million acres of grassland nationally within the past few years – mostly in and around ethanol refineries as demand grew for corn. The study showed

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