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PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2017 


Featured on today’s rundown; LGBTQ Americans excluded from the 2020 Census; we take a look at how Trump’s energy policies could hurt the sector’s biggest jobs creator; plus how overturning online privacy rules may especially impact immigrants.

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Public News Service - VA: Energy Policy

A new poll finds strong support among conservatives for policies supporting renewables and clean energy, and waning support for coal and nuclear power. (Evan Hansen)

RICHMOND, Va. - President-elect Donald Trump's position on renewables and clean energy is worrying environmentalists - but according to a new national poll, his voters strongly favor them. The post-election survey found that nearly 90 percent pf all voters support more government action to speed up

Critics say Dominion Virginia plans to rely too heavily on fossil fuel plants, like the Bremo Power Station, to generate power in the next two decades. (Nick Kotula)

RICHMOND, Va. – Dominion Virginia Power wants to rely too heavily on fuels that change the climate, according to critics of the state's largest utility. Dominion has filed its Integrated Resource Plan with the State Corporation Commission. Depending on which version is approved, the company wo

Virginia industries could save billions and help the state meet carbon goals through energy efficiency, according to new research. (Brown, Smith and Kim - Georgia Tech)

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia manufacturers and industries would gain billions in benefits from better energy efficiency, while also cutting their carbon output, according to two new studies. Jennifer Kefer, executive director of the Alliance for Industrial Efficiency, said its research found industrial

The new “Changing Tides” report details the threats of climate change to Chesapeake Bay species like the Bay Scallop, and to the people who depend on them. (NWF/Seascout)

RICHMOND, Va. – Climate change is already hitting wildlife and communities on the East Coast, according to a new report. Conservationists say its effects on the Chesapeake Bay mean Virginia has to cut carbon emissions. The National Wildlife Federation research looks at wildlife and recreation

According to a new report, Atlantic and Gulf Coast military bases, particularly those in Newport News, are threatened by sea-level rise from climate change. (Union of Concerned Scientists)

RICHMOND, Va. – Climate change represents a serious problem for U.S. coastal military bases – especially in and around Norfolk, according to a recent study. The report, "The U.S. Military on the Front Lines of Rising Seas,” from the Union of Concerned Scientists, looked at the imp

The most common cause of lead poisoning in children is ingesting household dust that contains lead from deteriorating lead-based paint. (Alan Bruce/Flickr)

RICHMOND, Va. - New litigation takes the federal Environmental Protection Agency to task for not doing its part to ensure that all children live in safe and healthy environments. In 2009, several groups petitioned the EPA to update standards for lead dust and the definition of lead-based paint. The

Federal regulators are moving forward with several huge gas pipeline projects despite criticism that natural gas is fast becoming an outmoded power source. (Dominion Pipeline Monitoring Coalition)

RICHMOND, Va. – Federal regulators are moving forward with huge pipeline projects across Virginia and West Virginia, although opponents say the projects are risking overbuilding and locking in a fuel that causes climate change. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission or FERC confirmed it w

A new study finds Virginia's commercial owners and occupants could realize tens of millions of dollars in annual savings on their electric bills by implementing the Clean Power Plan. (University of Richmond)

RICHMOND, Va. - A new study finds that if states implement the Clean Power Plan, energy savings would be greatest in retail and office buildings and total more than $11 billion a year nationwide in the commercial sector by 2030. The Obama administration's plan is to cut carbon emissions from existin

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