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PNS Daily Newscast - June 14, 2019 


Hundreds of companies urge Trump to resolve tariff dispute with China. Also on our Friday rundown: California moves closer to universal health coverage. Plus, new Gulf restoration projects – a decade after the Deepwater Horizon spill.

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Public News Service - CA: Climate Change/Air Quality

Three gas-fired power plants in Long Beach, Calif., are now set to close within a decade. (Haymarket Rebel/Flickr)

LOS ANGELES – California this week took a huge step toward the goal of running entirely on renewable energy, as the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power announced that it's retiring three natural gas power plants. The L.A. DWP, which is the largest municipal utility in the nation, says

Picketers in San Diego campaigned for the Green New Deal near the office of Rep. Duncan Hunter. (Raghavan

SAN DIEGO - Grassroots groups such as the Sunrise Movement and 350.org are mobilizing across California and the nation this week and next to promote the "Green New Deal," a 10-year-plan to fight climate change by weaning the country off of oil and gas. On Thursday, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-

Climate groups around California rallied last week in support of the lawsuit brought by children blaming the federal government for carbon in the atmosphere from oil and gas wells on public lands. (Bill Wellhouse)

SAN FRANCISCO — The trial is back on in the lawsuit brought by a group of 21 young people who are suing the federal government over global warming - after the U.S. Supreme Court ruled against a request from the administration to block it. Attorneys for the youths argue that the federal gover

A new rule from the California Public Utilities Commission will require more inspections of gas distribution systems in order to reduce leaks. (Wikimedia Commons)

SAN FRANCISCO – The state's gas utility companies are going to have to spend about $300 million over the next three years to find, fix and prevent leaks of methane gas in their distribution systems – the result of a decision made by the California Public Utilities Commission on Thursday.

As municipal fleets across the state transition to zero-emission vehicles, pollution from thousands of cars, trucks and buses will be eliminated. (TonytheTigersSon/Twenty20)

SAN FRANCISCO — Six California cities plus Los Angeles County are moving forward with a nationwide plan to transition their fleets to zero-emission vehicles - an announcement made in conjunction with the Global Climate Action Summit in San Francisco. The Climate Mayors' group includes Berkel

The oil platform Gail, located near Santa Barbara, is one of 24 rigs in federal waters off the California coast. (California Bureau of Ocean Energy Management)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Two bills designed to thwart the Trump administration's plans for an offshore oil-drilling boom are to come before state lawmakers today. The bills would forbid any new infrastructure on land or in California state waters to facilitate the transfer of oil from any new fed

The Trump administration wants to eliminate California's ability to set its own higher emissions standards for cars. (1laura/Twenty20)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Trump administration is halting the push for higher fuel-efficiency standards for cars – and wants to take away California's ability to set its own standards. The administration says rolling back the Obama-era rules would save buyers of new vehicles about $2,00

The South Fork of the Trinity River is part of an area where selective forest thinning would be allowed under a new bill in Congress. (Jeff Morris/Pew Charitable Trusts)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A new bill in the U.S. House would add to the Golden State's protected wilderness and promote tourism. It also would authorize thinning forests to help prevent large forest fires. The Northwest California Wilderness, Recreation, and Working Forests Act, introduced by R

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