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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - CO: Energy Policy

A recent survey found that despite the onset of the coronavirus pandemic and economic crisis, the number of Americans that are passionate about addressing climate change is on the rise. (Pete Linforth/Pixabay)

DENVER -- As the nation grapples with massive wildfires, a hurricane season already on its second alphabet and intensifying drought, conservationists are calling on moderators for tomorrow's first presidential debate to press candidates for their plans to address climate change. In 2016, just one q

New guidelines for mining projects would allocate a portion of revenues generated from mineral development on public lands to offset expenses for mitigation and abandoned-mine reclamation.(Pixabay)

DENVER -- Colorado's Mineral Belt in the central and southwestern parts of the state is rich in deposits of so-called critical minerals, the kind used to produce everything from smartphones to wind turbines and batteries that power electric vehicles. A new report released today by conservation group

In the U.S., 74% of communities of color live in nature-deprived areas, compared with just 23% in communities considered white. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- As the nation grapples with charges of systemic racism in the wake of George Floyd's killing by Minneapolis police, a new report shows that communities of color are three times more likely than communities identified as white to live in areas considered to be nature deprived. Report co-a

The CORE Act would add recreational opportunities in the White River and San Juan national forests,  and protect the Thompson Divide from future oil and gas development. (Nightryder84/Wikimedia Commons)

EAGLE, Colo. -- Congress has an opportunity to preserve 400,000 acres in Colorado, after the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy, or CORE, Act was attached to a key defense spending bill that cleared the U.S. House of Representatives last week. Kathy Chandler-Henry, chair of the Eagle County

More than 600,000 Coloradans filed for unemployment through the first week in July, and many residents who have fallen behind on utility bills now can get financial help. (Pixabay)

DENVER -- Stay-at-home orders have led to a spike in home utility bills, and as the heat of summer settles in, Energy Outreach Colorado is working to make sure people don't see their electricity and other services shut off. Denise Stepto, chief communications officer with the group, said now that

National Forest Week was launched in 2019 to raise awareness of the value of America's National Forests on publicly-owned lands. (Pickpik)

DELTA, Colo. -- This week, Americans are celebrating National Forest Week. Ute Mountain Utes member Regina Lopez-Whiteskunk says forests have long been places where Indigenous people have retreated to find solitude or collect herbs in preparation for ceremonies. She says access to public lands has

U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., says the state's 30 federally funded research labs and joint institutes on climate science are poised to help the nation achieve net-zero emissions by 2050. (Franmarie Metzler/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER -- This week, House Democrats in Congress unveiled a plan to address climate change by achieving net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. In a press briefing, Rep. Joe Neguse, D-Colo., called climate change "an existential threat," and pointed to Colorado's commitment to transition to wind and sol

If pollution from Suncor's Commerce City refinery were eliminated, Adams County could see health and economic benefits between $5 million and $12 million annually, according to a new report. (Jason Woodhead/Flickr)

DENVER -- If pollutants from a single oil refinery in Adams County were eliminated, Colorado could see economic and health benefits worth between $15 million and $35 million each year, according to a new Colorado Fiscal Institute report. The report also highlighted new Harvard research showing tha

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