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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.


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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 - WA: Energy Policy

The Kalama, WA, facility along the Columbia River would export methanol to China. (Image'in/Adobe Stock)

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KALAMA, Wash. -- High-level politicians are entangled in the push for a massive fossil fuel facility in Washington state. Eric de Place, director of the nonprofit Sightline Institute's Thin Green Line program, said political muscle and money are the driving force for the natural gas refinery and e

Puget Sound Energy has a 25% stake in Unit 4 of the Colstrip coal plant in Montana. (P.primo/Wikimedia Commons)

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SEATTLE -- Washingtonians have a chance to weigh in on coal's future in the Northwest today. The state's Utilities and Transportation Commission (UTC) is considering Puget Sound Energy's (PSE) proposal to sell its stake in Unit 4 of Colstrip, the largest coal plant in the Northwest. The hearing co

Even before the pandemic, an estimated 15 million Americans, including a disproportionate number of BIPOC residents, had trouble paying their utility bills. (Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- A state agency holds a public hearing this week on guideline changes for utility companies in Washington. At issue is a moratorium on disconnections during the pandemic, and groups are calling for a host other moves to protect vulnerable customers. The Washington Utilities and Transport

About three-quarters of natural gas nationwide comes from fracking. (creativenature.nl/Adobe Stock)

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SEATTLE -- The natural gas industry has launched a major campaign in the Northwest to tout the fuel source as a reliable way to fight climate change. Environmental groups say it's as harmful as other dirty sources for the planet. The Partnership for Energy Progress, made up energy companies and un

In 2018, Bellingham City Council stepped up its climate goals, pledging to be carbon neutral by 2035. (CascadeCreatives/Adobe Stock)

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BELLINGHAM, Wash. - Bellingham has made national headlines recently over a proposal to ban residential use of natural gas in its quest to be carbon neutral by 2035. But proponents of the plan say misinformation abounds on what the city's trying to do. Dr. Charles Barnhart, who was part of the Bell

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)

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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)

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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)

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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

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