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PNS Daily Newscast - August 12, 2020 

Former VP Joe Biden picks Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate; some schools have science-based metrics for open classroom instruction.

2020Talks - August 12, 2020 

California Sen. Kamala Harris will be on the ticket with Joe Biden in November. Four states had primaries yesterday, and two had runoffs. Georgia and Wisconsin appear to have improved since last time.

Oil Prices Hitting MA Wallets Hardest?

November 2, 2007

Cambridge, MA – The price of oil is nearing $100 per barrel, and whether it's heating a home or driving a car, Massachusetts residents are paying for it. Half of New England homes are heated with oil, compared to just one in 20 homes nationwide, and gas prices now average $2.86 a gallon.

David Friedman, from Massachusetts-based Union of Concerned Scientists, says a fuel efficiency bill in Congress would lower dependency on foreign oil, and save consumers money.

"You'll have more money in your pocket, what are you going to do with it? Maybe you'll go buy another Sox cap after the great win; maybe you'll buy your kids another birthday present, or take someone out to dinner. All these things will stimulate more jobs and the economy."

Jan Pendlebury, New Hampshire representative for the National Environmental Trust, says it's in the "big three" automakers' best interest to make vehicles more efficient.

"The 'big three' have already been devastated because Japan and other foreign automakers are light years ahead of the U.S."

The bill would require auto fleets to average 35 miles per gallon, up from the current 25, which Friedman says will also help fight global warming. General Motors says regulating the car companies is unfair when little is being done to regulate other forms of oil consumption, and other carbon emitters.

Kevin Clay/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - MA