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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - NY: Environmental Justice

Clean energy advocates say so far only 200 low-income families in New York have gained access to solar power. (Geo Geller)

BROOKLYN, N.Y. – New York's working class and minority communities still can't access clean, renewable power, according to activists seeking the attention of New York's energy czar. Members of the Energy Democracy Alliance interrupted the keynote speech at the Reforming the Energy Vision, or

New York City is still recovering from the impact of Superstorm Sandy in 2012. (Andrea Sears)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers held a vigil outside the Exxon Building in Manhattan Wednesday night in solidarity with the victims of Hurricane Harvey. With the fifth anniversary of Superstorm Sandy rapidly approaching, a coalition of environmental and civic action groups gathered to mourn the lives

Highly radioactive fuel rods currently are stored on site in spent fuel pools or dry cask storage. (NRC)

NEW YORK – A bill reviving plans to ship thousands of tons of highly radioactive waste thousands of miles by road, rail and barge may come up for a vote in the House this month. HR 3053 passed the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee last week, breathing new life into cancelled plans for a

The EPA’s Superfund could be cut, leaving sites in New York still awaiting cleanup. (Peak Player/Wikimedia Commons)

ALBANY, N.Y. – More than 100 New York organizations have launched a Campaign to Save the EPA. Environmentalists, doctors, public health and civic groups from across the state have joined together to educate and mobilize New Yorkers. Peter Iwanowicz, executive director of the group Environmen

Low-income communities of color largely have been shut out of advances in clean energy technology. (brian kusler/Flickr)

NEW YORK – Consumer advocates have renewed their call for a people's commissioner to serve on the state's Public Service Commission. Gov. Andrew Cuomo has chosen nominees for two of the three vacant seats on the PSC: John Rhodes, the current head of the New York State Energy Research and Dev

Victims of Superstorm Sandy and Hurricane Irene urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act. (Travis Proulx)

NEW YORK – New Yorkers affected by climate change were in Albany this week, calling on state legislators to turn the state's clean energy goals into law. People from across the state gathered in the capital to urge passage of the Climate and Community Protection Act, or CCPA. Dan Sherrell,

President Donald Trump insists the Paris Climate Agreement will hurt the U.S. economy. (whiteHouse.gov)

NEW YORK – President Donald Trump's announcement that he will withdraw the United States from the Paris Climate Agreement has drawn sharp criticism from scientists and environmentalists. The announcement wasn't a surprise. Trump frequently derided the agreement as a "job killer" during his p

Advocates at the State Capitol displayed a mosaic of New Yorkers who want “people’s commissioners” on the Public Service Commission. (K. Roache)<br />

ALBANY, N.Y. – The people need a voice on the Public Service Commission. That's the message community leaders delivered to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday. Three of the five seats on the powerful Public Service Commission are vacant, and they're usually filled with people who represent the needs

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