Economy & Business

With No Warning, House GOPers Vote to Gut Independent Ethics Office

"House Republicans, overriding their top leaders, voted on Monday to significantly curtail the power of an independent ethics office set up in 2008 in the aftermath of corruption scandals that sent three members of Congress to jail."

Source: NY Times, 01/03/2017

High Demand, Low Supply: Colorado River Water Crisis Hits Across West

"The Colorado River is like a giant bank account for seven different states. Now it's running short. For decades, the river has fed growing cities from Denver to Los Angeles. A lot of the produce in supermarkets across the country was grown with Colorado River water. But with climate change, and severe drought, the river is reaching a crisis point, and communities at each end of it are reacting very differently."

Source: NPR, 01/02/2017

Nevada Restores Retail-Rate Net Metering in Sierra Pacific Territory

"The Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) has voted to restore favorable rates for residential solar customers in NV Energy’s Sierra Pacific Power Company’s service territory -- exactly one year after the commission passed a controversial fee increase that brought the state’s residential solar market to a halt."

Source: Greentech Media, 12/30/2016

Green Energy Can Increasingly Match Or Beat Fossil Fuel Prices: Report

"Businesses might not find bargains by turning to fossil fuels in 2017, according to a new report. Solar and wind power costs have dropped, bearing price tags that are the same as or cheaper than fossil fuels in more than 30 nations as of the end of this year, according to a World Economic Forum (WEF) report published last week."

Source: Christian Science Monitor, 12/30/2016

Finding the Stories Beneath the Snow and Ice

Drought, flooding, water pollution, road conditions, shipping, climate change, even recreational activities like skiing, skating and ice-fishing — these are all potential stories around the white stuff, some with big environmental consequences. This week's TipSheet offers resources for local coverage of ice and snow.

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