The windswept prairies of the Midwest are undergoing an energy transformation the electric grid can’t handle. Wind turbines tower over rural vistas in the heartland, where the clean energy source is becoming increasingly popular with utility companies that face state-mandated renewable energy standards. Unfortunately, the nation’s aging power grid is hampering those efforts.
Frogs will face a tough crowd Tuesday at the Mother Lode Fairgrounds in Sonora, Calif.
Republicans in Congress hope to stop the Environmental Protection Agency from blocking the gigantic Pebble open pit mine in Alaska, proposed for one of the last places left on the globe to support huge runs of wild salmon.
It sounds good: the Chemical Safety Improvement Act, a proposed law with bipartisan support giving the Environmental Protection Agency more authority to regulate dangerous chemicals.
The federal government moved Wednesday to protect the ocean habitat of loggerhead turtles, listed since 1978 in some places as an endangered species because of threats from pollution, injury caused by fishing gear and loss of nesting beaches.
An extensive new study confirms a long-suspected link between crippling birth defects and the nitrate contamination that threatens drinking water for 250,000 people in the San Joaquin Valley in California.
The nations 7,975 state parks sit in a precarious position with shortened seasons, new admissions fees and threatened closures brought on by budget turmoil in recent years. They also face mushrooming backlogs of repairs ranging from $26 million in Kansas to $750 million in Illinois to more than $1 billion in California. Park supporters estimate Missouris park repair needs at about $400 million.
President Barack Obamas plan to curb climate change could transform American energy, potentially dealing a blow to the coal-fired power plants that supply much of the nations electricity but also pump planet-warming gases into the atmosphere.