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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2020 


The Biden inauguration speech seen as a potential launching point for a resilient democracy; an increase in mental distress noted in Virginia.


2021Talks - January 19, 2021 


Trump expected to issue around 100 pardons and commutations today. Biden and Harris celebrate MKL and prep for first days in office. Voting rights legislation introduced in Congress could expand access to voting and reduce partisan gerrymandering.

Public News Service - OR: Energy Policy

Developing enough solar energy on farms to generate a fifth of the country's electricity needs could create 100,000 jobs. (Sean Nealon/Oregon State University)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- If a small fraction of farms captured solar energy, it could produce a large slice of the country's energy needs - and boost farmers' bottom lines. New research from Oregon State University finds 1% of farmland in the U.S. could provide 20% of the country's electricity needs thro

The technology already exists to make Oregon homes completely sustainable, but not everyone knows how to get it. (Theresa Hogue/Oregon State University)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Next week, Oregonians will get a peek into the greener future of homes. Monday is the start of the third annual Sustainable Building Week, kicking off a series of events happening virtually this year. It includes a virtual "Go Zero" tour of Oregon homes that produce as much energ

Eelgrass is critical habitat for juvenile crab and salmon. (David Ayers/U.S. Geological Survey)

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COOS BAY, Ore. -- A natural gas terminal proposed for southern Oregon could endanger a sea plant critical to commercial fishing and ocean habitats, scientists say. Mike Graybill, a marine scientist in Coos Bay, said the forest of eelgrass in the area's tidal waters is crucial habitat for a variety

Environmental groups want the Oregon legislature and Gov. Kate Brown to take action to curb climate change next year. (Backbone Campaign/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's climate future could be decided in several ways in the New Year. During the legislature's short session in February, lawmakers will take another crack at a cap-and-invest bill. In the 2019 session, Republican senators walked out of the State Capitol to prevent passage

Pumped hydro storage can be used to store energy from renewable energy sources, like wind and solar. (Wikimedia Commons)

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KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. – As the Pacific Northwest eyes using more renewable energy, one big question arises – how will it be stored? New research from the firm Energy and Environmental Economics finds the region's current storage capacity could fall short by 10,000 megawatts by 2030. On

There are about 5,700 solar jobs in Oregon, ranking the state 14th overall for solar employment. (anatoliy_gleb/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. – The clean energy sector is a major jobs provider in Oregon, according to a new report. Environmental Entrepreneurs (E2), which describes itself as a national, nonpartisan business group, finds more than 55,000 Oregonians have clean energy jobs – about 60% of all energy

At least 20 events are planned across Oregon for the Global Climate Strike. (ink drop/Adobe Stock)

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BEND, Ore. – Oregonians are joining people around the world today in a call for action on climate change. The youth-led Global Climate Strike is mobilizing folks to walk out of school and work and implore leaders to step up to the demands of a climate crisis. It's taking place three days bef

Hang drying clothes is an environmentally friendly alternative to power hungry dryers. (directline.com/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. – For Oregonians looking to become greener, environmental groups are suggesting that people pull their clothes out of the dryer this week. The Oregon chapter of the Sierra Club and Solar Oregon are hosting Hang Dry Your Laundry for Climate Change Week. Joe Wachunas, a Solar

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