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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - MA: Energy Policy

Massachusetts made history this month by signing into law the largest commitment of any state in the nation to offshore wind power. (Amber Hewett)

BOSTON – August has proved to be a pivotal month for offshore wind power in the Commonwealth and the region. Catherine Bowes, senior manager for the National Wildlife Federation, cited the turbines now going online off the coast of Rhode Island, and the bill signed into law last week by Massa

Adoption of the Clean Power Plan will save Bay State businesses tens of millions of dollars, according to a new report from the Georgia Institute of Technology. (Boston Water and Sewer Commission).

BOSTON – A new report shows retail and office buildings could save big bucks by implementing efficiency measures to help the Bay State comply with the Clean Power Plan. The report from the Georgia Institute of Technology finds retail buildings could save $44 million by the year 2030 and offi

Opponents of Spectra Energy's natural gas pipeline plan are marching more than 40 miles today to protest transporting fracked gas into the Bay State. (350 Mass)

BOSTON – Opponents of building new fracking gas pipelines in Massachusetts plan to march more than 40 miles today to call attention to their cause. The march traces the route of the proposed Spectra Energy pipeline, according to Emily Kirkland, director of organizing for the group 350 Mass f

Construction is nearing completion on the Northeast Biodiesel plant in Greenfield. Co-op Power has invested more than $3 million to open the first community-owned biodiesel refinery in the region. (Co-op Power)

BOSTON – Sometime next month a new plant in Greenfield should start cranking out clean biodiesel fuel that is manufactured from recycled cooking oil. Co-op Power CEO Lynn Benander says the plant will take cooking oil waste from restaurants, schools and institutions in the area and convert it

This 17,000-square-foot Living Building is one of two under construction at Hampshire College in Amherst, helping the campus become energy self-sufficient. Courtesy: Hampshire College.

AMHERST, Mass. - While 100 world leaders take part in climate talks today in Paris, action is being taken now on a college campus in the Commonwealth to reduce carbon emissions. Hampshire College President Jonathan Lash said an impact study is in the works with Eversource, the local utility, and So

The Commonwealth is not resting on its laurels. It just ranked tops in the nation on the ACEEE Energy Efficiency and next week a new plan will be filed to save consumers even more. Courtesy: Mass DOER

BOSTON – For the fifth year running, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Massachusetts first in the nation for policies and practices that make the state cleaner and more energy efficient. Arah Schuur, director of the Energy Efficiency Division of the Massachusetts Dep

PHOTO: Coastal storm damage, such as in the wake of Superstorm Sandy, will be more frequent as sea levels rise through the century in the Northeast, according to a new report. Photo courtesy Risky Business Project.

BOSTON - The Northeast is expected to experience a temperature increase over the next century. But a new study identified rising oceans, and their effect on coastal infrastructure, as the major coming climate impact to the region. The report, from the Risky Business Project, concluded that Boston w

PHOTO: Big game species, including the deer and moose prized by Massachusetts hunters, are being threatened by climate change, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. Courtesy USFWS-Northeast region.

BOSTON - Hunters in Massachusetts and New England are warned in a new report that the warming winters brought on by climate change may someday take away the quarry they pursue. A report from the National Wildlife Federation says the big game that sportsmen and federal and state governments worked to

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