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PNS Daily Newscast - August 13, 2020 


Minutes after Biden selected Harris as VP, she throws first punch at Trump; teachers raise their hands with safety concerns.


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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris make their first public appearance as running mates. President Trump calls Georgia's Marjorie Taylor Greene a GOP "star," despite her support for conspiracy theory QAnon.

Public News Service - NM: Environment

The solar industry has been hit hard by COVID-19, but systems purchased and installed in New Mexico before Dec. 31, 2027, are eligible for a 10% tax credit. (riograndesierraclub.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- All eyes are on New Mexico's Public Regulation Commission this week in anticipation of a decision on how to replace energy from the coal-burning San Juan Generating Station. The station, located in San Juan County, is set to retire in 2022. The commission's hearing examiners r

Opponents of new oil and gas leases presented 33,000 public protests to New Mexico lawmakers at the Roundhouse in 2019. (wildearthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A federal judge is requiring the Bureau of Land Management to reinstate a rule that limits methane emissions from oil and gas drilling. Residents of Western states who fought for the rule are praising the decision, although they assume the ruling will be appealed. The Trump

A climate action plan unveiled by congressional Democrats this week aims to create a 100% clean-energy economy and help prevent the hotter, drier summers New Mexico has had to cope with. (americanprogress.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Scientists say only a decade remains to reverse course on the worst impacts of climate change - and to address the looming crisis, House Democrats in Congress have unveiled a net-zero carbon emissions plan they say could be achieved by 2050. In a press briefing, New Mexico Rep.

Every $1 million spent on watershed restoration can result in total economic activity of $2.2 million to $2.5 million, according to a study by the University of Oregon. (nm.audubon.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- There are five major rivers in New Mexico, and with June designated National Rivers Month, now is the time to appreciate them for the habitat, drinking water and recreation they provide. The San Juan, Pecos, Rio Grande, Canadian and Gila are New Mexico's major rivers. From panf

Wildfire managers in New Mexico often let wildfires burn, but have determined they will be extinguished as quickly as possible this season. (usda.gov)

SANTA FE, N.M. -- It's only May, but fire restrictions already were imposed in New Mexico today, and COVID-19 will add another layer of safety precautions to the firefighting season. Kaili McCray, who chairs the National Wildfire Coordinating Group's emergency medical committee, said large numbers

New Mexico's Gila and San Francisco rivers and their tributaries make up one of the largest undammed watersheds in the lower 48 states. (circleofblue.org)

SILVER CITY, N.M. -- Many Americans have been drawn to nature during the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the significance of a bill introduced in Congress to protect two of New Mexico's rivers. The Greater Gila Wild and Scenic River Act would protect portions of the Gila and San Francisco Rivers an

A javelina family trapped by a border wall in Arizona. (Matt Clark/Defenders of Wildlife)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- A coalition of conservation groups has sued the Trump administration over money from the nation's military budget being used to build the southern border wall, arguing that it's both illegal and unconstitutional. President Donald Trump made the border wall a signature issue of

New Mexico, New Hampshire and Massachusetts lack state regulations to control discharges into rivers and streams, making them completely dependent on federal clean-water protections. (riograndesierraclub.org)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A proposal to abolish limits on how much pollution can be dumped into small streams and wetlands was challenged this week by conservation groups. The legal challenge could open a major court battle over what waters are protected under the Clean Water Act. Critics say clean-water p

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