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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - CO: Energy Policy

Coal-fired power plants are the nation's top source of CO2 emissions. Burning coal also is a leading cause of smog, acid rain and toxic air pollution. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The Trump administration on Tuesday took steps to repeal the Clean Power Plan, the nation's first-ever attempt to limit carbon pollution from existing power plants. Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt has claimed the move will correct what he sees as an executive overreach o

U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is working to overturn a rule that aims to save American taxpayers royalties on up to $330 million in wasted natural gas annually. (Getty Images)

DENVER – In another move to strip Obama-era protections, the Trump administration is set to announce the rollback of the Clean Power Plan today. Last week, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke sidestepped a Federal court's decision calling on the agency to enforce a rule limiting the waste of taxpa

In the 2015-2016 election cycle, fossil-fuel companies invested $354 million in campaign contributions and lobbying. (Getty Images)

DENVER - As Washington grapples with rebooting the nation's tax code, a new report makes a compelling argument for eliminating tax breaks for the fossil-fuel industry. Senior scientist Peter Erickson, the study's lead author, said market forces - like current oil prices - would prevent industry fro

Scientists warn that extreme weather events, such as Hurricane Harvey, are likely to become more frequent and powerful as the planet warms. (Getty Images)

DENVER – Economists warn that the costs of climate change in the U.S. – including from the health impacts of air pollution and natural disasters such as hurricanes and wildfires – could top $350 billion annually in the next 10 years. But Ryan Wiser, a senior scientist with the La

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper warns that imposing tariffs on solar panels could result in the loss of 47 gigawatts of solar installations, representing billions of dollars of infrastructure investments. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The solar-energy boom, which was responsible for creating one in every 50 new jobs in the United States last year, could be dealt what industry advocates are calling a crippling blow if a proposal to impose tariffs on imported solar panels goes forward. On the other hand, said Tom Hunt, se

Residents of Denver's Westwood neighborhood, including Santiago Jaramillo, are working to raise awareness about climate change in the community. (Joe Mahoney/The Colorado Trust)

DENVER – If climate pollution continues at current levels, Denver could see more than a month of 100-plus degree days by 2050 in the worst years, according to analysis from the city and county of Denver. Elizabeth Babcock, the manager of air, water and climate with the city's Department of E

A new report warns Denver can expect 72 days a year with temperatures above 100 degrees by the end of this century unless climate pollution from fossil fuels are reduced. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Denver Mayor Michael Hancock is challenging residents to roll up their sleeves and help to reduce climate pollution by 80 percent below 2005 levels by 2050 – goals set in Paris in 2015 and rejected by President Donald Trump. The plan would create a glide path to reduce fossil

A proposal by Xcel Energy would add more than $2 billion in renewable-energy investments in Colorado, and retire two of three coal-fired plants at the Comanche Generating Station. (Jeffrey Beall/Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – Parents are praising Xcel Energy's proposal to retire two of three coal-fired power units at Pueblo's Comanche Generating Station and add renewable energy to Colorado's power grid. Jen Clanahan, with the group Colorado Moms Know Best, says she's optimistic about the move and is urgi

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