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PNS Daily News - December 13, 2019 


Brexit wins at the polls in the U.K.; major changes come to New England immigration courts today; and more than a million acres in California have been cleared for oil and gas drilling.

2020Talks - December 13, 2013  


The House passes legislation to reign in drug prices, Sen. Bernie Sanders is on the upswing, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plays Iowa congressional candidate J.D. Scholten - who's running against long-time incumbent Steve King - in a game of basketball.

Public News Service - WA: Environment

Avista is one of six owners in the Montana-based Colstrip power plant, the largest greenhouse-gas emitter west of the Mississippi River. (Rachel Cernansky/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – An eastern Washington utility is cutting its reliance on coal in exchange for more renewable energy sources. Avista has decided not to support any investments that extend Montana's Colstrip power plant past 2025. Colstrip is the largest emitter of greenhouse gases west of th

Climate advocates want Washington state lawmakers to focus on a cleaner transportation sector during the 2020 session. (toa555/Adobe Stock)

OLYMPIA, Wash. – As the effects of climate change become more dire, advocates want Washington state lawmakers to take bold action in the 2020 session. Climate groups commend the state's commitment this year to 100% clean electricity by 2045, but they say more needs to be done. One key is t

The utility Avista serves about 350,000 people in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. (Gov. Jay Inslee/Flickr)

SPOKANE, Wash. – Some electric customers in eastern Washington are moving closer to a future without coal. The Spokane-based utility Avista is waiting for approval from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission on a rate case settlement that includes an exit from the Colstrip power p

A bill in Congress would protect the Olympic Peninsula's Queets River. (Sam Beebe/Flickr)

ABERDEEN, Wash. – A bill a decade in the making to protect parts of the Olympic National Forest passed out of committee in Congress yesterday. The Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act would permanently protect more than 126,000 acres of the forest as wilderness, and 19 riv

The Tilth Alliance, its Seattle community garden seen above, is bringing together farmers and farmworkers in Yakima this weekend. (CAJC: in the PNW/Flickr)

YAKIMA, Wash. – Washingtonians who work the land to provide their neighbors with food are coming together, as the production season slows down. The 45th annual Tilth Conference starts today in Yakima and the focus is on "growing a resilient future." Erin Murphy, statewide education coordinat

Transportation accounts for more than 40% of Washington state's carbon emissions. (Oran Viriyincy/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Puget Sound region is striking out on its own with a bold proposal for a clean fuel standard. The Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has drafted a rule that aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transportation by 26% by 2030 in King, Kitsap, Pierce and Snohomish counties. Tr

The Washington state Department of Natural Resources oversees about 2 million acres of state-owned forest land. (rnjacobs/Flickr)

SEATTLE – The Washington state Department of Natural Resources is making progress on high profile issues facing the state, but that could be overshadowing the agency's core functions, according to an assessment of Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz by the Washington Environmental Counci

Groups opposed to a Tacoma liquefied natural gas project say it's received permits based on flawed analyses. (Seattle City Council/Flickr)

TACOMA, Wash. – Critics of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) project in Tacoma are hoping to topple the proposal at a public hearing this week. Puget Sound Energy's 8 million gallon tank already is half-built on Tacoma's Tideflats and awaits one final air permit to continue construction. The P

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