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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - IA: Energy Policy

A pair of reports suggest that the federal plan to cut carbon pollution from power plants will mean lower electricity bills for Iowa families. Credit: Kameleon007.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Two new studies find the proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from the nation's existing power plants makes a lot of financial sense for Iowa consumers. One report that looks at the economics of the Clean Power Plan is from Synapse Energy

Opponents of the proposed Bakken oil pipeline says it would put the state's soil, waterways and communities at risk. Credit: Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement.

DES MOINES, Iowa – Large sections of pipe are already being stockpiled along the proposed route through Iowa, but the approval of the Bakken Pipeline is far from a done deal and opponents are ramping up their fight. Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement is planning meetings across the stat

PHOTO: With an increasing number of Iowans impacted by energy transmission projects, new research points to key strategies for landowners in cases that may involve eminent domain. Photo credit: Western Area Power/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - With the changing landscape of energy transmission in Iowa often comes the contentious use of eminent domain, but new research says the shortcomings can and must be addressed because a growing number of the population is being impacted. Johnathan Hladik, a senior policy advocate

PHOTO: The wind energy industry employs around 6,000 Iowans, and electricity rates in the state are lower than the national average, according to a new report. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa – The move to more renewable sources of energy is proving to be a breeze locally, with a new study showing that Iowa leads the nation for wind power. Mike Prior is executive director of Iowa Wind Energy Association, which issued the report. He says more than 28 percent of th

PHOTO: Last week marked the 100th day of the 114th Congress, and it came with a briefing by conservation and environmental groups that said America's lands, water and wildlife are in peril from Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - As the 114th Congress moves toward its 114th day, a briefing from conservation and environmental groups is giving Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his colleagues a failing grade thus far on lands, water, wildlife and climate action. Debbie Neustadt, an executive committ

PHOTO: A home energy audit and use of a programmable thermostat are among the easy ways Iowans can reduce their heating bills in the bitter winter weather. Photo credit: Bryan Alexander/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The deep freeze that has driven down temperatures across Iowa also is driving up energy bills, although savings can be had with some simple steps. One way people can lower their heating costs, said Leslie Irlbeck, program and outreach manager for Metro Waste Authority, is by usin

PHOTO: The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) makes grants and loan guarantees for agricultural producers and rural small businesses to implement renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies. Photo credit: Carl Wycoff/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The reasons behind Iowa's rise to become one the top states for renewable energy are many, but one component that's played a leading role is the Rural Energy for America Program. REAP provides grants and loan guarantees to agricultural producers and rural small businesses to impl

PHOTO: Iowa accounts for a quarter of the nation's annual ethanol fuel production, and a new poll demonstrates voters on both sides of the aisle support the use of cleaner fuels and renewable energy. Photo credit: Jeff Easter/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa has become a leader in ethanol production and wind power, and when the new Congress is sworn into office in January, voters from both sides of the aisle will be expecting action on clean and renewable energy. Melissa Williams, national political director with the Sierra Club

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