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PNS Daily News - May 29, 2017 


We’re covering a variety of issues in today’s news including: Germany’s leader notes a disconnect with the United States; remembering the fallen and those left behind on a Memorial Day; and a look at passenger’s rights as summer air travel season kicks into gear.

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Public News Service - OR: Energy Policy

Oregon has committed to getting all its energy needs from renewable power sources by 2050. (Melanie Connor/GettyImages)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Utility company Portland General Electric (PGE) has suspended its efforts to get permits for two natural-gas plants, in part because of its customers' desire for renewable energy. PGE's coal-fired power plant in Boardman, Ore., is scheduled to shut down in 2020 and, while th

Youth plaintiffs in a federal case are alleging the federal government knew about the drastic effects of climate change, but did not do enough to slow its effects. (Robin Loznak/ZUMAPRESS.com)

EUGENE, Ore. – A team of teenagers and young adults is moving closer to a courtroom showdown with the United States government over climate change and the impact it will have on young people's futures. Last week, the young plaintiffs held a case-management conference with Federal Magistrate

Oregon received a mix of grades on an annual report card assessing the state's transition to clean energy. (Karen Murphy/Flickr)

SALEM, Ore. – A new report card on Oregon's transition to clean energy shows a mix of successes and failures. The state received an A-minus for the ways it produces power, getting high marks for passing the Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act, which ensures the state will get 80 percent

Oregon is looking into ways to make its electrical grid more secure in the wake of a potential disaster like the Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake. (USGS/Wikimedia Commons)

SALEM, Ore. — Oregon will be getting some help in preparing its energy grid for natural disasters such as the large Cascadia earthquake scientists believe could devastate the Northwest. The state has been chosen by the National Governors Association for a "policy academy," which will include

Portland City Council has voted to ban large fossil-fuel terminals from coming to the city. (Kevin Kelly/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Communities throughout the Northwest are rejecting fossil-fuel infrastructures, and on Wednesday, Portland went a step further by approving a new zoning rule banning large, fossil-fuel terminals from coming to the city. Dan Serres, conservation director for Columbia Riverkeeper,

Native American artist Clay with the Native American Youth and Family Center provides a mural for a side of the Bunk Bus. (Rick Rappaport)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Help will be rolling in for oil pipeline protestors at Standing Rock all the way from the Northwest, in the form of a retrofitted school bus. The Portland Climate Action Coalition, or CAC - made up of social and environmental justice groups - is working on what it calls the "Bunk

Twenty-one young people ages 8 to 19 are arguing that the U.S. government violated their rights by its failure to reduce the effects of climate change. (ItzaFineDay/flickr)

EUGENE, Ore. – A group of young plaintiffs is getting their day in court once again today in Eugene, arguing that the federal government's inaction on climate change is directly harming the well-being of America's youngest generation. The twenty-one plaintiffs range in age from 8 to 19 and are

More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. (Bureau of Land Management)

PORTLAND, Ore. - More than 60 percent of Oregonians support permanent protections for the Owyhee Canyonlands, according to a new survey. Pollsters from Anzalone Liszt Grove Research also found that support increases when participants hear details on what protections would mean for the canyonlands.

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