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PNS Daily News - September 17, 2019 


Gas prices could jump today in response to the Saudi oil attack; energy efficiency jobs are booming in the U.S.; and a national call to promote election security.

2020Talks - September 17, 2019. (3 min.)  


Former Rep. John Delaney on the opioids crisis; a field organizer for Sen. Kamala Harris on campaigning in Iowa; and a President Donald Trump supporter who cares more about numbers than personalities.

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Public News Service - MI: Climate Change/Air Quality

Soon after taking office, the Trump administration announced plans to weaken tailpipe emission and fuel-economy standards. (jppi/Morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – General Motors and other automakers are debating whether to join a deal to keep clean car standards high – an agreement between the state of California and VW, Ford, BMW and Honda. The deal would conform closely to current Obama-era targets and would block a rollback b

Detroit recently adopted a climate action plan and is expected to improve its clean-energy ranking by next year. (Robert Thompson/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. — A new report shows that Michigan's two biggest cities are making progress on clean energy policies - but still have significant room for improvement. The nonprofit American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranked 75 cities on energy-efficiency and renewable energy, an

Consumers Energy has committed to closing two coal-fired units at its Karn Generating Complex near Bay City, Mich., by 2023. (Albert Herring/Wikimedia Commons)

LANSING, Mich. – The issue of climate change returns to the spotlight today, with a hearing before the Environment and Climate Change Subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives. The hearing – We'll Always Have Paris: Filling the Leadership Void Caused by Federal Inaction on Clima

If the bill giving industry oversight over the Department of Environmental Quality is signed by Gov. Rick Snyder, conservation groups fear that more injection wells such as this one in Osceola will be permitted across the state. (Michigan Citizens for Water Conservation)

LANSING, Mich. — Groups concerned about clean water and clean air are pressing Gov. Rick Snyder to reject several bills that would give industry new influence over the state Department of Environmental Quality. Senate Bill 652 would create an environmental rules review committee that could

Some groups say clean car standards passed in 2012 have saved Michiganders more than $1.1 billion at the gas pump. (Robert Couse-Baker/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – Executives of the nation's automakers are slated to meet with President Donald Trump Friday to discuss a rollback of fuel-economy requirements. The White House wants to weaken Obama-era standards that would essentially double the average fuel economy of new cars, SUVs and li

Michigan manufactures say their plants and supply chains are growing more vulnerable to severe weather, here and abroad. (AcrylicArtist/morguefile)

DETROIT — Michigan companies are having to deal with the effects of a changing climate, and a new report says that is sending ripples through the state's economy. The report from the nonprofit group Business Forward found manufacturers, investors, and small business owners are reevaluating p

Environmental groups fear Michigan's natural resources won't be protected if bills pass to oversee decisions of the state DEQ. (AcryllicArtist/morguefile)

LANSING, Mich. – Some state lawmakers want to shift control of environmental rules from the Department of Environmental Quality to state appointed boards, a move environmentalists say would put the fox in charge of the henhouse. Senate Bill 652 would create an 11-member committee, mostly fro

Increased truck traffic is among the concerns of residents near the U.S. Ecology plant. (D. Weckerle)

DETROIT - For nearly 30 years, the U.S. Ecology toxic-waste facility in Detroit has received waivers from the state for conducting annual soil tests, and as the plant prepares to expand, residents and local leaders have had enough. The plant stores and treats solid and liquid waste from heavy indus

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