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PNS Daily Newscast - November 17, 2017 


The Keystone oil pipeline spills big time in South Dakota; a look at the GOP tax plan and it’s impact on the most vulnerable Americans; and renewed hope for Maine’s Katahdin Woods and Waters national monument.

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Public News Service - MT: Climate Change/Air Quality

Montana's wind sector has the potential to power 6.4 million homes by 2030, according to the U.S. Dept. of Energy.  (David J. LaPorte/Flickr)

BILLINGS, Mont. – How does the country move toward renewable energy in a way that benefits working families? That's one issue being addressed at the 46th annual Northern Plains Resource Council meeting on Saturday. Keynote speaker Tyson Slocum is the energy program director for Public Citize

Conservationists worry places like the Blackfoot Valley, above, and recreation in the area would be threatened by climate change without the Clean Power Plan. (Bureau of Land Management/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. – The Trump administration has announced it's rolling back one of the strongest safeguards against climate change. The Clean Power Plan set federal limits on carbon pollution from existing power plants, in turn encouraging clean energy development. The EPA does not yet have a rep

In 2016, bark beetles destroyed nearly 50,000 acres of forest in Montana, according to the U.S. Forest Service. (William M. Ciesla/Forest Health Management International)

HELENA, Mont. – Fire won't be the only natural disaster to rip through Montana forests this year. Another disaster will be using its teeth. Bark beetles have long been a nuisance for wooded areas of the West, and scientists say climate change is making the land more susceptible to the beetl

According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing the highest stage of drought. (droughtmonitor.unl.edu)

CIRCLE, Mont. -- Montana is suffering from wildfires and possibly the worst drought in 30 years, bringing lots of pain to farmers and ranchers. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, 12 percent of the state is experiencing "exceptional drought," the highest level measured. The northeastern part of

Montana Conservation Voters assessed state lawmakers' records this session on issues such as public lands policy. (Deja Elder/Montana Conservation Voters)

HELENA, Mont. – With another session in the books, marks for Montana state lawmakers on conservation are in. Montana Conservation Voters has released a comprehensive scorecard of legislators' voting records in the 2017 session. It covers issues of public lands, clean energy and water policy.

An oil spill on the Yellowstone River in 2011. Conservation groups are concerned another spill will happen if the Keystone XL pipeline is built. (David Rouse/USFWS)

GREAT FALLS, Mont. - A conservation group in Montana on Thursday filed a lawsuit challenging the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would travel through the state and across two of its major rivers. The Trump administration approved the pipeline last week based on a 2014 Environmental Impact Statement, wh

The coal-fired power plant in Colstrip supplies energy for West Coast utility companies and is scheduled to close by 2022. (Spot Us/Flickr)

HELENA, Mont. - A bill that would require utility companies to pay for closing the Colstrip power plant could come at the cost of future investment in renewable energy, according to critics of the state legislation. Senate Bill 338 would make Puget Sound Energy and Talen Energy, owners of the two o

A new environmental scorecard shows a big difference in priorities for Montana's congressional delegation. (Pat Fosse/BLM)

BILLINGS, Mont. -- The Montana congressional delegation's grades were high and low without much in between on a new national environmental scorecard unveiled by Montana Conservation Voters Friday. The scoring was based on legislative votes on environment, energy and public health issues in 2016. D

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