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PNS Daily Newscast - June 20, 2019 


The Trump administration finalizes a coal-friendly emissions rule for power plants. Also on today's rundown: A new development in the debate over the 2020 Census citizenship question; and why "Juneteenth" is an encore celebration in Florida and other states.

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Public News Service - WI: Energy Policy

Wisconsin schools may soon display colored flags to represent the air quality on that day. Credit: American Lung Association in Wisconsin.

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – The American Lung Association in Wisconsin is providing air quality flags to school districts around the state free of charge. The five colored flags reveal at a glance the day's air quality from good air to very unhealthy air. Knowing the day's air quality is important

Reminiscent of the old Burma Shave rhyming signs, new roadside signs touting the clean-air benefits of E85 are popping up all over rural Wisconsin. Credit: Clean Air Choice Team.

MADISON, Wis. - New, sequential roadside signs reminiscent of the old "Burma Shave" signs have appeared in rural locations all over the state. These signs bring the message that ethanol fuel blend E85 is good for the air, the corn growers, and the environment. The signs were put up by the America

The EPA's new Clean Power Plan will result in a huge reduction in carbon emissions from power plants and, according to the group Clean Wisconsin. Credit: Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - The just-finalized Clean Power Plan from the Environmental Protection Agency places the first-ever limits on dangerous carbon pollution emissions from existing power plants, which the agency says will curb climate-change pollution and protect public health. Keith Reopelle, senior po

PHOTO: The Environmental Law and Policy Center says renewable-energy sources such as wind and solar continue to represent thousands of jobs in Wisconsin, and present the potential for huge growth in the coming years. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - Solar- and wind-energy companies account for a lot of jobs and economic activity in Wisconsin, according to a new report that says the state has huge growth potential in renewable energy. Renewables are a big part of the state's economy, said Andy Olsen, senior policy adviser at the

PHOTO: An analysis shows solid demand for alternative and renewable fuels such as E85. Driving a flex-fuel vehicle can make a huge difference in air quality, because of the substantially reduced tailpipe and noxious gas emissions. Using E85 also significantly reduces CO2 emissions, which contribute to global climate change. (Photo credit: Clean Wisconsin)

BROOKFIELD, Wis. – Demand for E85 and other alternative and renewable fuels such as bio-diesel will continue strong at least through 2023, according to an analysis from the Fuels Institute. The analysis is good news for air quality in the state, according to Danielle Clark, coordinator of th

PHOTO: Solar panels, such as these at the Wisconsin Governor's Executive Residence, are becoming more popular in the Badger State. A new report from The Solar Foundation shows steady growth in the number of Wisconsin jobs connected directly to the solar industry. (Photo credit: Wisconsin.gov)

MADISON, Wis. - Solar power has been growing by leaps and bounds in the past five years, according to a new report from The Solar Foundation, which says Wisconsin added around 100 more solar jobs in the past year. Wisconsin ranks 22nd in the nation in number of solar-industry jobs, most of them in

PHOTO: There are a number of easy ways to cut down on energy use when hosting a New Year's party, and the same tips help you conserve energy year-round. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

MADISON, Wis. - There are plenty of ways to save energy if you're hosting a New Year's party tonight, and many of the tips you might use now will also help save energy in your home year-round. Scott Reigstad, spokesperson with Alliant Energy, says if you're hosting the party, let your furnace rest.

PHOTO: Even with all of Wisconsin's rivers, streams and lakes, some communities are in near crisis because of a lack of groundwater. The Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters says it will make groundwater protection its top goal in 2015. Photo courtesy of Clean Wisconsin.

MADISON, Wis. - "A few small steps forward." That's how Anne Sayers, program director for the Wisconsin League of Conservation Voters, describes what's been accomplished this year to help protect Wisconsin's environment. Sayers said 2014 brought renewed citizen involvement in the Badger State, with

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