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PNS Daily News - March 29, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making news today: Trump follows through on promises to dismantle climate policies; the head of the White House-Russia investigation says he won’t step down; and coast-to-coast opposition grows to Session’s sanctuary cities stance.

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Public News Service - ME: Energy Policy

A broad based coalition is urging Sen. Susan Collins to join Sen. Angus King in opposing the nomination of Scott Pruitt to head the EPA. (Natural Resources Council of Maine)

AUGUSTA, Maine – With a vote possible as early as this week, environmental advocates are urging both of Maine's U.S. senators to unite in opposition to President Donald Trump's EPA nominee, Scott Pruitt. The Trump transition team calls Pruitt an expert in Constitutional law, with a deep unde

About 35 Maine students and local supporters occupied a local bank branch in Portland to protest loans the bank made to construct the Dakota Access Pipeline. (Maine Students for Climate Action)

PORTLAND, Maine – While many people have been out holiday shopping this week, some local college students have been protesting a major bank's investment in the controversial Dakota Access Pipeline project. Ester Topolarova, an organizer for Maine Students for Climate Justice, was among the 3

A new study shows rooftop solar is saving big bucks for Mainers with solar  and also saving money for their neighbors. (Lucas Braun)

PORTLAND, Maine -- With some predicting that 2016 could be the hottest summer on record, a new study found that solar power in Maine is the most cost-effective way to meet peak demand. According to Phil Coupe, co-founder of ReVision Energy in Portland, solar power achieves its greatest output duri

Solar-energy advocates say the Juno space probe orbiting Jupiter is proof that even states with less sunshine, including Maine, can still reap big benefits from solar power. (NASA)

AUGUSTA, Maine - It works in outer space, and solar-energy advocates say the fact that the Juno space probe now orbiting Jupiter is running only on power from the sun points to the reliability and growth potential for solar power, even in states like Maine. Maine may not be the state with the most s

A broad coalition filed papers Friday in support of the Clean Power Plan. (ChristofferRiemer)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Both sides are preparing for the next round in the legal battle over the Clean Power Plan and the EPA's authority to regulate carbon and greenhouse gas emissions to curb climate change. State House Assistant Majority Leader Sara Gideon says for many Mainers, climate change u

Hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on proposed legislation that backers say should boost solar projects in Maine by 10 percent over the next five years. (Ceinturion)

AUGUSTA, Maine – Maine is expected to get a lot more bang for the buck under a new plan to expand solar projects across the state. Assistant House Majority Leader Sara Gideon, who represents Freeport, says hearings should begin in a couple of weeks on new legislation to jump start solar in M

Maine is one state that already is on the path to curbing carbon emissions and plans to continue, no matter what the courts rule about the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (hotblack/Morguefile)

BANGOR, Maine - A state leader says Maine will not back down on its work to reduce the threat of climate change. This week, the U.S. Supreme Court stayed implementation of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan pending a U.S. appeals court review. However, according to Maine Attorne

A plan is pending before the Public Utilities Commission from Efficiency Maine that advocates say will save consumers and businesses an estimated $870 billion in energy costs. Courtesy: Natural Resources Council of Maine

AUGUSTA, Maine - A three-year energy efficiency plan is pending that could save Maine consumers and businesses nearly a billion dollars in energy costs. Former Public Advocate Stephen Ward says the plan, which was adopted last week by Efficiency Maine's Board of Trustees, will help Maine homes an

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