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PNS Daily Newscast - March 23, 2017 


In focus on our nationwide rundown: President Trump takes to the phone in last minute attempts to urge GOP members to back Ryancare; We take a closer look at what A.C.A. repeal could mean to the health of kids in North Carolina; plus an unusual plea from New York millionaires – please raise our taxes.

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Public News Service - MD: Energy Policy

Thousands rallied in Annapolis last week as Maryland lawmakers began debating a fracking ban. (Citizen Shale)

BALTIMORE – One of this year's most contentious debates in Maryland centers around whether to ban hydraulic fracking. A moratorium on fracking is set to expire in October. Thirty-seven groups have signed a letter to Gov. Larry Hogan supporting legislation (SB740 and HB1325) to ban fracking i

Maryland may jump into the lead among states developing offshore wind energy. (boem.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – The Maryland Public Service Commission has started the 180-day proceeding to evaluate offshore wind project proposals, and local residents are invited to chime in. Companies that want to be considered needed to offer Marylanders long-term price stability, and environmental an

Sea levels are expected to rise another foot by 2050, causing flooding and loss of wildlife habitat.(fws.gov)

BALTIMORE – Climate change already has had an impact on wildlife and communities along the Chesapeake Bay and on the East Coast, according to a new report, and it will only get worse unless there are cuts in carbon emissions. The National Wildlife Federation research called Changing Tides look

Rising sea levels are threatening wildlife and the economy of Maryland and other cities along the East Coast. (fws.gov)

BALTIMORE - A new report from the National Wildlife Federation details the increasing threats posed by sea-level rise to wildlife in Maryland. It also makes the case that these threats have to be fought with comprehensive policies that address the cause of climate change: carbon pollution. Tiffany

Nearly 12% of Maryland's children suffer from asthma. (Moms Clean Air Force)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- Advocates are still pushing for an override of Gov. Larry Hogan's veto of the Clean Energy Jobs Act. In late May, Hogan vetoed the legislation, calling it a tax increase on every single electricity ratepayer in Maryland. The Clean Energy Jobs Act would have required state utiliti

Environmental advocates say recent moves by the governor are hurting the move to renewable energy. (Maryland.gov)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. – A watchdog environmental group says Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan's appointment of Delegate Anthony O'Donnell to the Public Service Commission is the latest in what the group calls a troubling series of moves to undermine the expansion of renewable energy. Last week Hogan also v

A civil rights lawsuit has been filed over a power plant given approval in a predominately black area of Prince George County. (Earthjustice)

Brandywine, MD - The state of Maryland is facing a federal civil rights complaint over approval of a gas-fired power plant in Brandywine. Earthjustice said the state is required under Title VI to consider whether there would be an "unjustified and unequal" impact on the basis of race. Neal Gormley

Maryland lawmakers are considering the Clean Energy Jobs Act, which supporters say will create jobs and help the state's environment. (Badger Rose)

ANNAPOLIS, Md. - More than half of Maryland's electricity still comes from fossil fuels, coal, oil and natural gas. The point behind the "Clean Energy Jobs Act" in the legislature is to raise the state's commitment to use wind and solar energy to 25 percent by 2020. That's five percent higher an

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