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PNS Daily Newscast - January 27, 2021 


Biden executive orders address pollution and environmental justice; health professionals note a link between climate change and human health.


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The Senate moves forward with Trump's impeachment trial; scholars question the legality of impeachment after an official is out of office.

Public News Service - WI: Energy Policy

State Rep. Greta Neubauer, D-Racine, is part of Elected Officials to Protect America, a national group calling for an urgent, nonpartisan approach to addressing climate change. (Photo courtesy of Rep. Neubauer)

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RACINE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin lawmaker is part of a network of state and local elected officials calling for serious action on climate change, right away. The nonpartisan group Elected Officials to Protect America said it's pleased that President-elect Joe Biden plans to rejoin the Paris Climate Agre

You may think of solar panels for homes or businesses, but a study says about 5,500 U.S. schools use them, too. Schools currently have enough solar capacity to power 190,000 homes. (MariaGodfrida/Pixabay)

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MADISON, Wis. -- Solar installations aren't just for homes and businesses. Thousands of K-through-12 schools across the country have them, and the goal of a new program is to add more Wisconsin schools to the list. The Midwest Renewable Energy Association has announced a plan to provide grants of $

Conservationists in Wisconsin say a bill being considered now is a real danger to the state's heritage of protecting natural resources, such as clean water. (Clean Wisconsin)

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MADISON, Wis. – Democrats in the Wisconsin Senate and a number of Wisconsin environmental organizations have come out in strong opposition to a bill that would change the state's law about mining permits. State Sen. Chris Larson, D-Milwaukee, says Wisconsin is a state that prides itself on c

A Wisconsin businesswoman says the U.S. withdrawal from the Paris Agreement is a step backward in developing clean energy. (Bloomberg/Getty Images)

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MILWAUKEE, Wis. – Solar jobs are growing at 17 times the rate of the overall U.S. economy, and the job of wind service technician is one of the fastest-growing occupations in the country. In light of that, withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement was the wrong thing to do, according to B

A University of Wisconsin study says old power plants that kick in to meet peak power demands are also huge polluters of the air. (Wikimedia Commons)

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MADISON, Wis. - Although the hottest days of summer are still many weeks away, a new University of Wisconsin-Madison study is the first to shed light on the exact relationship between air conditioning use and power plant emissions. Soaring temperatures typically coincide with the days of highest ai

High-capacity wells already have caused some Wisconsin lakes and streams to dry up. A bill to grant permanent licenses for such wells is meeting opposition. (edolzan/iStockPhoto.com)

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MADISON, Wis. - A bill that would loosen regulations on high-capacity wells in Wisconsin again has passed the state Senate and now advances to the state Assembly, where a similar bill died last year. Senate Bill 76 essentially would allow high-capacity well permits to be issued permanently. The bil

Wisconsin environmentalists don't trust a draft report that says fine sand generated by the frac sand industry isn't harmful to health. (Sierra Club)

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MADISON, Wis. - A new draft report from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources suggests that frac sand mining by the petroleum industry does not produce fine sand that is a health hazard because it can lodge in human lungs. However, Kerry Schumann, executive director of the Wisconsin League o

More and more solar panels, like these installed at the Governor's Mansion in Madison, appeared in Wisconsin in 2015. (wisconsin.gov)

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MADISON, Wis. – There were three times more solar-power installations in Wisconsin in 2015 than any previous year, and the outlook for this year is also positive, says Tyler Huebner, executive director of Renew Wisconsin. Statewide, 7.5 megawatts of solar power were put in place in the Badger

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