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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - WV: Climate Change/Air Quality

Critics charge that a failure to staff federal agencies is hampering the response to hurricane damage in Puerto Rico. (Dept. of Homeland Security)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – President Donald Trump is defending his response to Hurricane Maria, but the Union of Concerned Scientists says the problems are deeper than this crisis. According to Andrew Rosenberg, former regional administrator for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's

During hurricanes, people depend on charts and predictions from the National Hurricane Center and the National Weather Service. (NOAA/NWS)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- President Trump's proposed budget would cut nearly $1 billion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. That could hobble hurricane tracking and prediction. The administration wants to cut NOAA funding by more than one-sixth, which would hit the National Weathe

A new report says cuts to EPA air-quality grants alone will hobble state and local programs to protect West Virginians' health. (Pixabay)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. – Deep cuts to federal grants that help state and local officials protect clean air and water would threaten the health and livelihoods of West Virginians, according to a new report. The Trump Administration has proposed cutting nearly one-third from the Environmental Protec

A nonprofit solar co-op says solar power is now inexpensive enough to make economic sense for West Virginia farmers. (WV SUN)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- A solar co-op is helping West Virginia farmers cut their energy costs. The agricultural co-op program, run by West Virginia SUN, helps line up grants and tax credits it says can cut up-front costs of solar installation in half. And, said Autumn Long, co-op coordinator with Wes

The Grant Town Power Plant is in the middle of a contentious argument at the West Virginia Public Service Commission. (Edison International)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The Monongahela Power Company is asking ratepayers to pay more to bail out a Marion County power plant that critics charge is dirty, already expensive and damaging to the air, land and water. Customers currently pay a bit above the market rate for the Grant Town Power Pla

Some observers say the fastest path to job growth would be to stay in the Paris climate agreement. (Alfred Palmer)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Leaving the Paris climate agreement would put the United States behind, according to some energy market and job creation watchers. Media leaks from the White House say President Donald Trump is leaning toward leaving the climate accord, but the administration has not conf

Natural gas worth hundreds of millions of dollars is vented or flared from federal land each year. (FracTracker Alliance)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – A rollback of a rule against the flaring of waste gas on public land is up before the U.S. Senate. A group of military veterans led by five retired generals want Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito to vote no. Senate Joint Resolution 11 would undo an Obama admini

According to the Clean Air Task Force, carbon capture can work well to dramatically reduce CO2 from natural-gas power plants. (CATF)

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Bills in Congress to subsidize carbon capture and storage might have an unexpected impact at natural gas power plants. In a shift from a hard line, some fossil fuel corporations and their Washington allies are now backing tax credits for carbon capture. John Thompson, d

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