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PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 


Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent is due, even in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - April 1, 2020 


Instead of delaying in-person primaries and caucuses, Alaska, Hawai'i and Wyoming have cancelled them and switched to vote-by-mail. It's Trans Day of Visibility, and the two remaining Democrats showed their support on Twitter. And the Trump administration has rolled back protections for the transgender community.

Public News Service - NY: Climate Change/Air Quality

Proposed changes to NEPA would restrict review of long-term environmental impacts on major federal projects like pipelines and dams. (MaxSafaniuk/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK -- Environmental groups testified this week in opposition to proposals they say would drastically weaken a critical law that protects communities as well as wildlife. For 50 years, the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA, has given the public a chance to weigh in on major federal p

A proposed budget amendment could speed up permitting and construction of large scale renewable energy facilities. (peterschreiber.media/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A new budget proposal would streamline the process for the placement and construction of large scale renewable energy projects in New York. Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget amendment would create a new Office of Renewable Energy Permitting to expedite the development of renewabl

Investing clean-energy dollars in vulnerable communities creates jobs and fights climate change. (surasak/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. -- A coalition of environmental, justice, faith, labor and community groups says Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposed budget comes up short on protecting vulnerable communities from climate change. In a letter sent to state legislators, New York Renews says the budget proposal doesn't contain t

Building 9,000 megawatts of offshore wind power for New York by 2035 will require skilled workers. (creativenature.nl/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposals for New York include ambitious goals for developing renewable energy and training a workforce to help make it happen. The governor's annual State of the State Address emphasized the need to fight climate change and the importance of switching to clean,

In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency concluded that all uses of chlorpyrifos are unsafe. (hhendrix/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo took action Wednesday to ban a pesticide that poses significant risks to children's brain development, but time is running out for him to sign a number of environmental bills that have cleared the State Legislature. The United States banned most home uses of

A new report says carbon pricing would lower the cost of New York getting to a 70% renewable energy use goal by 2030. (mimadeo/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Including the cost of carbon pollution in New York's electricity market would help the state meet its clean energy goals, according to a new report. Carbon pricing would add the social cost of carbon pollution, including health and climate impacts, to the wholesale price of el

Reducing mercury emissions also cuts sulfur dioxide and particulate pollution. (Paul Souders/Danita Delimont/Adobe Stock)

NEW YORK – A new report says the Trump administration's proposal to weaken rules for emissions of mercury and other toxic substances is based on a faulty economic analysis. The report, from the External Environmental Economics Advisory Committee, says the cost-benefit analysis used to justif

Most people drive fewer than 50 miles per day, and the range of many electric vehicles is more than 200 miles. (malajscy/Adobe Stock)

ALBANY, N.Y. – A Consumer Reports survey shows a solid majority of prospective car buyers are interested in low-emission and zero-emission electric vehicles, but some car makers are supporting efforts to weaken auto emission standards. The Trump administration wants to freeze federal vehicle

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