PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 

A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  

Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Iowans Already Know That Clean Energy Pays

May 18, 2009

Washington D.C. – Iowa was promoting clean energy and the job creation that comes with it long before most states, and currently the state is second only to Texas in wind energy production. Today Congress is expected to begin debate on the American Clean Energy and Security Act, which could help transition the country to clean alternative forms of energy and create jobs. And a new national survey from the Pew Environment Group finds that there is huge bipartisan support, both here and around the country, for action.

The director of the Pew Global Warming Campaign, Phyllis Cuttino, says their survey mirrors other public opinion research on the topic.

"The American voter believes very strongly that global warming is happening, it is happening now, and they want members of Congress and government to take action to reduce global warming emissions."

Ann Thelen with the power company Mid American Energy says clean energy economic benefits to Iowa are already paying off.

"Throughout the state, there have been some plants where they actually manufacture the wind turbines and the blades and other components, so definitely the increasing wind opportunities are resulting in some economic benefits."

Phyllis Cuttino of the Pew Environment Group says one of the arguments against climate change legislation is the so-called energy tax, but still, more than 60 percent in the polls strongly support such a plan to curb global warming, with more than half the Republicans polled in that category.

A summary of the polls is at

Dick Layman, Public News Service - IA