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PNS Daily News - December 11, 2019 


U.S. House to vote on two articles of impeachment; $1.4 trillion in planned oil & gas development said to put the world in "bright red level" of climate crisis; anti-protest legislation moves forward in Ohio; "forest farming" moves forward in Appalachia; and someone's putting cowboy hats on pigeons in Nevada.

2020Talks - December 11, 2019 


18 years ago today, China joined the WTO. Now, China's in a trade war with the U.S. Also, House Democrats and the Trump administration made a deal to move forward with the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Agreement.

Public News Service - MT: Environment

David Bernhardt, right, replaced former U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke, R-Mont., left, as head of the Interior Department last month. (U.S. Dept. of the Interior/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Less than a month on the job and with investigations mounting, some Montanans are wondering if new Interior Secretary David Bernhardt will help or hinder Big Sky Country. The former oil and gas lobbyist is facing ethics scandals on multiple fronts, including a call last week

Habitat fragmentation is a major threat to migrating species around the world. (Mark A. Bauer/USGS)

HELENA, Mont. – One of the key threats facing wildlife today is its ability to move. But efforts to protect safe migration corridors are gaining steam around the world. Jodi Hilty is co-editor of "Corridor Ecology: Linking Landscapes for Biodiversity Conservation and Climate Adaptation," w

A new report says extensive cleanup of Colstrip's coal-ash ponds would create more than twice as many jobs as current cleanup proposals. (Northern Plains Resource Council)

HELENA, Mont. – A thorough cleanup of the Colstrip Power Plant's coal-ash ponds could provide a major boost for the local economy, according to a new report. An analysis from the Northern Plains Resource Council, a grassroots conservation and agriculture group in Montana, finds that using an

Senate Bill 331 would allow NorthWestern Energy to pass on $75 million to Montana ratepayers if it buys more energy from Colstrip. (Tonyglen14/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. — A controversial bill that would allow NorthWestern Energy to sidestep regulations to buy more power from the Colstrip coal plant continues to make its way through the Montana Legislature. Senate Bill 331, now in the house, is touted as a good deal to meet Montanans' energy ne

Montana passed a management plan in 2015 that helped keep sage grouse off the federal endangered species list. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – Conservation groups in Montana are hoping state lawmakers can work out the details on a bill introduced to modify sage grouse protections. Senate Bill 299 would exempt certain types of development in sage grouse habitat. In particular, the telecommunications industry has rais

Concern is growing that artificially feeding elk on the National Elk Refuge could become a catalyst for chronic wasting disease in the Mountain West. (Diane Borgreen/USFWS)

HELENA, Mont. - With the threat of chronic wasting disease spreading, conservation groups are suing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to jump-start a process to phase out supplemental elk feeding. The agency's decade-old commitment to phase out artificial feeding in Wyoming's National Elk Refuge h

Deferred maintenance in Montana parks has reached $22 million. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – A bill to increase funding for Montana's outdoor-recreation sites has passed the state Senate and moves on to the House. Senate Bill 24 increases the voluntary vehicle-registration fee for state parks from $6 to $9, estimated to generate an additional $1.8 million each year.

Climate change will be a big topic when conservation groups meet today with Montana lawmakers in the Old Supreme Court Room at the State Capitol. (Martin Kraft/Wikimedia Commons)

HELENA, Mont. - Groups are rallying in Helena today to push for action on climate change, wildlife, public lands and more. Two bills in their sights are designed to lay the groundwork for a clean-energy future. Senate Bill 189 would establish a carbon tax and use the money for property-tax relief.

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