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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2018 


Trump fixer Michael Cohen gets three years, and Trump calls him a liar. Also on the Thursday rundown: higher smoking rates causing some states to fall in health rankings; and the Farm Bill helps wilderness areas.

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Public News Service - PA: Energy Policy

Pennsylvania is the nation's second-largest natural gas producer and a major source of methane emissions. (anita_starzycka/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH – Environmental advocates say acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler's push to weaken methane regulations is bad for the environment and bad for Pennsylvania. Wheeler is addressing the state's oil and gas industry at the Shale Insights Conference in Pit

The oil and gas industry is the largest industrial source of methane pollution in the United States. (olafpictures/pixabay)

PHILADELPHIA – Clean-air advocates are vowing to fight the latest proposal to roll back regulations on methane emissions from the oil and gas industry. Acting Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Andrew Wheeler wants to reduce the frequency of monitoring for methane leaks at oil and

The Environmental Protection Agency's new plan would allow states to determine how much carbon pollution their coal-fired power plants can emit, and some could increase pollution levels. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. - The Environmental Protection Agency's plan to weaken one of the Obama administration's signature environmental proposals would violate the Clean Air Act, some advocacy groups say. The goal of the Clean Power Plan is to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 32 percent. The E

As the technology improves electric vehicle prices are becoming competitive with internal combustion vehicles. (whodol/Pixabay)

PITTSBURGH, Pa. — Cities and states are using their collective influence to speed up the transition to electric vehicles. This weekend is the second running of the Formula E Championship, ten teams driving electric cars in a race along the Brooklyn waterfront. Against that backdrop, The Clim

The Mariner East pipelines are designed to carry highly volatile liquid ethane. (Arulonline/Pixabay)

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Citing sinkholes, contaminated water wells and alleged poor managerial judgement, an administrative law judge has suspended operations and construction of the Mariner East pipelines. In her ruling, Public Utility Commission Judge Elizabeth Barnes said Sunoco had put profi

In 2014 a broken pipe in North Carolina released 39,000 tons of coal ash into the Dan River. (EPA/WikimediaCommons)

HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Environmental groups say changes proposed by Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt would gut federal coal-ash regulations put in place in 2015. Coal ash contains toxic pollutants such as arsenic, lead and radioactive elements, many of which have no federal m

As electric vehicles increase their range, more charging stations will be needed to meet the demand. (pxhere)

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Pennsylvania is lagging behind some other states in creating the infrastructure to support electric vehicles, but a bill making its way through the General Assembly could change that. Transportation is one of the main sources of carbon pollution. But without a reliable netw

Demonstrators blocked the entrance to PECO headquarters on Thursday. (Rachael Warriner/EQAT)

PHILADELPHIA, – Interfaith protests and arrests marked the week before Easter as clergy and congregants demanded investment in a clean-energy grid for Philadelphia's low-income communities. Twenty-five people with the Power Local Green Jobs campaign were arrested for acts of peaceful civil d

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