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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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A 2018 ballot initiative gaining steam in Colorado seeks to establish larger buffer zones between oil and gas development and water sources. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Environmental groups in Colorado say they'll double down on efforts to protect the state's water supplies after the Trump administration rolled back standards for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. The U.S. Interior Department has reversed rules that would have requ

Since 2013, nearly $2 billion worth of natural gas has been lost on public and tribal lands. (Getty Images)

DENVER – On Thursday, the Bureau of Land Management suspended a rule designed to limit the waste of natural gas on publicly-owned lands until January of 2019. According to the Environmental Defense Fund, delaying the rule could mean a loss of $330 million worth of natural gas or more, enough

Cities such as Pueblo are moving toward lower cost renewable energy sources to save residents money on their utility bills. (Pixabay)

PUEBLO, Colo. – As the Trump administration continues to roll back Obama-era policies designed to slow climate change, a new report from the Sierra Club shows how cities across the U.S., including four in Colorado, are taking steps to remove fossil fuels from their energy portfolios. Jodie V

The transportation sector is the largest source of carbon pollution in the United States. (Getty Images)

DENVER - As the Trump administration takes steps to roll back the Corporate Average Fuel Economy (CAFE) standards, a majority of Coloradans - including 59 percent of Trump voters - support making vehicles more fuel efficient, according to a new poll. Garrett Garner-Wells, director of Environment Co

Coal-fired power plants are the nation's top source of CO2 emissions. Burning coal also is a leading cause of smog, acid rain and toxic air pollution. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Trump administration on Tuesday took steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the nation's first-ever attempt to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has claimed the move will correct what he sees as an executive overreach o

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is working to overturn a rule that aims to save American taxpayers royalties on up to $330 million in wasted natural gas annually. (Getty Images)

DENVER – In another move to strip Obama-era protections, the Trump administration is set to announce the rollback of the Clean Power Plan today. Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sidestepped a Federal court's decision calling on the agency to enforce a rule limiting the waste of taxpa

Scientists warn that extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, are likely to become more frequent and powerful as the planet warms. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the U.S. – including from the health impacts of air pollution and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. But Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the La

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warns that imposing tariffs on solar panels could result in the loss of 47 gigawatts of solar installations, representing billions of dollars of infrastructure investments. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The solar-energy boom, which was responsible for creating one in every 50 new jobs in the United States last year, could be dealt what industry advocates are calling a crippling blow if a proposal to impose tariffs on imported solar panels goes forward. On the other hand, said Tom Hunt, se

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