Wednesday, December 7, 2022


Warnock projected to win in U.S. Senate race for Georgia; new report urges Governor-Elect to fix PA unemployment system; rising land prices pose challenges for VA farmers.


The nation watches as votes are counted in the Senate runoff in Georgia, the House holds hearings in the lame-duck session, and Capitol Police Officers receive medals for their heroism on January 6.


The first-ever "trout-safe" certification goes to an Idaho fish farm, the Healthy Housing Initiative helps improve rural communities' livability, and if Oklahoma is calling to you, a new database makes it easier for buyers and builders to find available lots.

Energy Policy

Minnesota is poised to receive more than $7 billion from the federal Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act to add infrastructure, such as EV charging stations. Many projects require matching funds from the state to take full advantage of the federal grants. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, December 7, 2022

As Session Nears, MN Faces Renewed Pressure Over Public-Works Funds

Minnesota's projected budget surplus now stands at more than $17 billion, and supporters of clean energy projects and other infrastructure needs say …

The U.S. oil and gas industry emits 16 million metric tons of methane annually, which has the same near-term climate impact as 350 coal-fired power plants. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Federal Methane Waste Rules Welcomed to Improve Public Health

Public-health advocates are welcoming a new proposal to reduce harmful air pollution by limiting methane waste at oil and gas facilities. Sabrina …

Climate activists held a press conference at the state Capitol in Sacramento on Monday. (A. Tamunan/Greenpeace)

Tuesday, December 6, 2022

Local Officials Praise Move to Stop Gas-Price Gouging

Governor Gavin Newsom convened a special session of the Legislature on Monday to consider his newly unveiled proposal to cap excess oil and gas profit…

DTE Energy plans to switch its Belle River plant (above) from coal to fossil fuel in 2025 but could keep the facility in operation past the state's emissions deadline until 2040. (FracTrack Alliance/Flickr)

Monday, December 5, 2022

Activists: DTE Plan Won't Meet MI Renewable-Energy Goals

Michigan regulators have set long-term emission-reduction targets for the state's power utilities, but clean-energy advocates are concerned that one …

There's a long history of mining across the Canadian province of British Columbia. (davidrh/Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 5, 2022

Tribes Say BC Mine Waste Threatens Water, Way of Life

Tribal representatives from across the Northwest are flying into Washington, D.C. this week to discuss how mine waste in British Columbia is …

Industry groups are betting that limiting methane waste at oil and gas operations will help keep natural gas competitive as consumers demand cleaner sources of energy. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 5, 2022

Methane Air-Pollution Proposal Taps Wyoming Technologies

A new federal plan to reduce harmful air pollution by limiting methane waste at oil and gas facilities taps proven strategies already at work in opera…

Outdoor recreation added $11.6 billion to Colorado's economy in 2021 and supported more than 250,000 jobs. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 5, 2022

Conservationists Push Investment in Thompson Divide Protections

Outdoor recreation contributed a whopping $862 billion to the U.S. economy last year, according to the most recent accounting by the Bureau of …

If it secures all the necessary permits and land agreements, Summit Carbon Solutions says it hopes to have its multi-state underground carbon pipeline operational sometime in 2024. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, December 5, 2022

Local Ordinances Enter Carbon Pipeline Debate

There's a new dynamic in the fight over a proposed carbon pipeline for North Dakota and other Midwestern states. Counties are exploring drafting …

Between 2010 and 2020, enough methane was vented on public lands to serve about 675,000 homes, according to the Bureau of Land Management. (FreezeFrames/Adobe Stock)
BLM Methane Flaring Limit Could Go Further, Group Says

The Biden administration has proposed a rule to limit methane flaring from oil and gas development on public lands. The rule would impose royalty …

The United States is joining an international effort to blunt the climate crisis by transitioning away from fossil fuels to renewable electricity, which will increase stress on power grids. (Adobe Stock)
Cost Concerns Biggest Barrier to Protecting Communities from Wildfire

The nation is beefing up its power grids for the transition to fueling everything from cars to home cooling systems with electricity, and addressing …

Hydraulic fracturing relies on water supplies from ponds, streams and reservoirs, which research suggests can impact water flow. (Ohio Northern University)
New Research Dives into Fracking’s Impact on Water Flow in Ohio

Fracking is a very water-intensive industry, and a new study dives into the impact of unconventional oil and gas drilling on aquatic ecosystems in …

Children living near refineries, highways and other sources of air pollution are disproportionately at risk of developing respiratory illness. (Adobe Stock)
Connecting CO Health Outcomes to Climate Solutions, Lower Utility Bills

A successful program that helps low-income households weatherize homes and lower energy bills is setting its sights on improving the health outcomes o…


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