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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PHOTO: Natural gas rigs like this one near Rifle, CO would be subject to new rules about when and where they can operate, under a proposed ballot initiative. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

DENVER - A proposed statewide ballot measure would let local governments decide whether to allow oil and gas drilling, including fracking, in their communities. The initiative comes after five Colorado cities passed local fracking bans, all of which are being challenged in court by the state. Sam

Photo: Coal ash sludge in Kingston, TN. Courtesy:

PUEBLO, Colo. - The disposal of coal ash in Colorado will become a black-and-white issue starting in December. Late last week the Environmental Protection Agency announced plans to finalize the first-ever federal regulations for the disposal of toxic waste generated by coal-fired power plants. Acc

Photo: Sunflower Power Plant in Holcomb, KS. Courtesy: Sunflower Electric Corporation

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – A new coal-fired power plant could be a byproduct of the Farm Bill. A provision in the bill would eliminate a court-ordered environmental review of the Sunflower Electric Plant located in Holcomb, Kansas, 50 miles southeast of Colorado's border. It could supply 400,000

DENVER – The controversial process known as fracking could soon be getting some federal government oversight. On Thursday, Reps. Diana DeGette and Jared Polis of Colorado were among the legislators introducing the FRAC Act. The bill would require the oil and gas industry to disclose the ch

GILLMAN, Colo. - It's the single largest source of toxic waste in the U.S., and some worry that loopholes in the Clean Water Act could allow the mining industry to turn Colorado's lakes and rivers into dumping ponds for waste. One loophole allows mines to treat nearby lakes, rivers and other wetland

DENVER - New standards for air pollution caused by natural gas development - including standards for the process known as hydraulic fracturing (fracking) - are scheduled to be released next week by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The industry claims fracking has minimal environmental impa

DENVER - Coal-fired power plants will soon need to meet tough new standards designed to improve air quality. The standards were announced Wednesday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). They will require utilities to install devices known as "scrubbers" in coal-fired power plants over the n

DENVER - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held hearings Wednesday in Denver on new nationwide environmental standards for the process known as fracking. Fracking - hydraulic fracturing to gain access to oil and natural gas reserves - is big business in Colorado. The state's Oil and Gas Cons

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