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PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 


A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  


Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

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Public News Service - VA: Toxics

Dominion Energy's plans to close huge coal-ash impoundments, like this one at the Bremo Power Station on the James River, are drawing criticism. (Nick Kotula)

RICHMOND, Va. – The Dominion utility company’s plans for closing coal ash impoundments at four power plants are drawing criticism. Dominion has asked for Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) permission to close the huge coal ash ponds at power stations on the James and El

A new analysis finds Virginia could shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050. Credit: The Solutions Project

RICHMOND, Va. – All 50 states and 139 countries can shift to 100 percent wind, water and solar power by 2050, according to a new analysis from Stanford University. The research shows that, factoring in the health and climate-related costs of air pollution, the transition would save money and

Opponents are calling for a comprehensive plan to reduce the impact of four huge proposed natural gas pipelines on national forest land and the endangered Cow Knob salamander. Credit: Steve David Johnson

RICHMOND, Va. – Four natural gas pipelines proposed for Virginia and West Virginia would cross national forest land, raising concerns about the environmental impact. Opponents say the competing pipeline companies are racing to lock in eastern markets. According to the U.S. Forest Service,

PHOTO: Clean energy advocates say the Obama administration's crackdown on carbon pollution will lead to more solar projects across Virginia, like the one pictured here in Lexington. Photo courtesy Secure Futures.

STAUNTON, Va. – Reaction to the first-ever national limit on carbon emissions from coal-fired power plants, proposed by the Obama administration on Monday, has been mixed. Matt Ruscio, program and policy officer with the solar development company Secure Futures, says the EPA plan to cut emiss

New Research says an EPA plan to reduce carbon emissions should actually cut electricity bills, if it means energy efficiency as well as renewables. Photo courtesy of World Resource Insitute.

RICHMOND, Va. – An Environmental Protection Agency plan to cut carbon pollution should actually save Virginia families money, if meeting the plan includes energy efficiency, according to two separate analyses. Critics of the Clean Power Plan charge it will sharply raise the cost of electricit

PHOTO: Bob Keefe (center) with the nonpartisan small business group Environmental Entrepreneurs says the 210,000 comments from Virginians show strong support in the state for an EPA clean-power plan that would cut carbon pollution. Photo by Sarah Bucci, courtesy of Environment Virginia.

RICHMOND, Va. – More than 200,000 Virginians have voiced their support for an Environmental Protection Agency plan to reduce carbon pollution linked to climate change. The comments were stacked in cases at the state Capitol Wednesday. Bob Keefe, executive director of the small business own

PHOTO: EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy unveiled a proposed rule to reduce carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants. Virginia would need to reduce it's emissions by 37 percent. Photo courtesy of the EPA.

RICHMOND, Va. - The proposed rules for controlling carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants unveiled Monday by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has ignited some fiery debate in coal country. Virginia is heavily dependent on coal for electricity, and supplies most of its own coal. To m

PHOTO: The coal industry is igniting debate in Virginia over EPA standards to limit an air pollution connection to climate change and health issues. Photo credit: Wikipedia Commons

RICHMOND, Va. – The coal industry is igniting debate in Virginia over Environmental Protection Agency standards to limit air pollution connected to climate change and health issues. Virginians are seeing and hearing messages that those controls will mean higher electricity bills and other ec

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