PNS National Newscast

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the Public News Service (podcast)"
"Hey Google, play the Public News Service podcast"
"Alexa, play Public News Service podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

2020Talks

Audio Activation
"Siri, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Hey Google, play the 2020Talks podcast"
"Alexa, play Two-Thousand-Twenty Talks podcast"
or "Alexa, what's my news flash?" once you set it up in the Alexa app

Newscasts

PNS Daily Newscast - March 9, 2021 


IA reporter trial renews calls to protect press freedoms; California movement to ban new gas stations is spreading.


2021Talks - March 9, 2021 


The House votes on the American Rescue Plan, President Biden signs orders to advance gender equity, and with legislation pending to protect voting rights, pressure grows to end the Senate tactic of the filibuster.

Renewable Energy Bill Faces First Hurdle Today

Downloading Audio

Click to download

We love that you want to share our Audio! And it is helpful for us to know where it is going.
Media outlets that are interested in downloading content should go to www.newsservice.org
Click Here if you do not already have an account and need to sign up.
Please do it now, as the option to download our audio packages is ending soon

February 5, 2007


A plan to require Minnesota utilities to provide one-quarter of their electricity from renewable energy sources by 2020 faces its first test today in the House Energy Committee. The bill's author and sponsor, Rep. Aaron Peterson (D-Madison) says wind power, which is showing more and more promise, would be a top alternative energy source.

"The turbines get bigger. The efficiencies get better. Technology changes. It's getting cheaper and cheaper every year, with more output."

The bill's chances in the Legislature may be buoyed by last week's release of a report by an international panel of scientists. It warned that global warming is real, and is having a major impact on the planet. Peterson says that may sway some skeptics to take the issue more seriously.

"Minnesota should be aggressive in keeping doing our share to keep coal-fired power plant toxins and emissions out of the environment, and also in harvesting the economic development opportunities for renewable electricity in the state of Minnesota."

He notes that 21 other states already have renewable standards on the books. A similar bill was approved by a Senate committee last week, and now goes to the Senate floor. Governor Pawlenty has expressed support for reducing reliance on fossil fuels.

In the meantime, Monique Sullivan, Minnesota's field organizer for the Public Interest Research Group says, there are things individuals can do to make a difference.

"There are small things, like using compact fluorescent light bulbs and turning lights off when you leave a room; and bigger things, like reducing the amount of time you spend in your car, carpooling or taking the bus when you can. I know that biking to and from work is hard to imagine when it's this cold outside! But you know, you can look for every opportunity to use less fossil fuel."

Jim Wishner/Jamie Folsom, Public News Service - MN