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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - CA: Environment

The California condor is one of the Golden State's best known endangered species. (USWFS)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Federal agencies are downplaying the effects of climate change on endangered species, according to a report out today. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change, looked at 459 animals and found that although climate change affects all but one of the species

California's higher vehicle-emissions standards have significantly lessened smog pollution. (Jackiebabe/Morguefile)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Clean-air advocates are speaking out after the Trump administration yesterday formally revoked a waiver that allows California to have higher vehicle emissions standards than those set by the federal government. The Environmental Protection Agency claims new cars with fe

Vernal pools like this one will lose federal protections as the EPA withdraws the WOTUS rule.(California Native Plant Society)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration gutted Obama-era water protections on Thursday – and now, conservation groups are pushing harder than ever for a bill to reinstate them in California. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has formally repealed the Waters of the United St

The burning of excess methane deprives states of royalties they would collect if the methane were brought to market. (CK Lund/FrakTracker)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Oil and gas companies will no longer have to put in pollution controls that help in the fight against climate change – if a revised rule announced by the feds on Thursday is finalized. The Environmental Protection Agency is revising the Obama-era Methane Waste Rule

The cause of an oil leak in Kern County, shown here in May when it first started, has yet to be determined. (California Dept. of Fish and Wildlife, Office of Spill Prevention and Response)

MCKITTRICK, Calif. – Conservation groups are calling for a ban on new drilling as crews assess the damage from a large oil spill in Kern County. Chevron reports that one of its wells near McKittrick has leaked more than 500,000 gallons of oil and wastewater into a dry creek bed. The leak sta

Hayfork Creek is part of the area that would be protected under a public-lands bill being heard in Congress on Wednesday. (Paul Higley)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — Leaders from California's conservation and outdoor-recreation communities will testify in Washington, D.C., Wednesday in favor of a trio of public-lands bills that would protect more than a million acres in the Golden State. The Central Coast Heritage Protection Act woul

The Pacific leatherback sea turtle is one of the species at risk if the Pacific Fishery Management Council authorizes shallow-set longline fishing gear. (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)

SAN DIEGO – Conservation and sportfishing groups will pack a meeting Thursday of the Pacific Fishery Management Council in San Diego to try to talk the council out of authorizing a type of fishing gear that's been banned for decades. The council is considering a proposal to allow ships that

The Trump administration contends that fracking is a valuable use for public lands, while environmental groups press for more renewable energy. (Jens Lambert Photography)

FRESNO, Calif. — Time is running out for people to offer their two cents about the Trump administration's plan to allow more fracking on 1 million acres of federal land in central and southern California. The public comment period on the Bureau of Land Management's Environmental Assessment end

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