John Hickey

From left, Gayle Thackrey, Bridgeton; Adam Stipanovich, Houston; Ann McGregor, Kansas City; Jennifer Conner, Pierce City; John Hickey, St. Louis; Gerald Nickelson, Washington
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Six Missouri residents, all actively involved with environment issues for reasons ranging from financial to religious, traveled to Washington this week to support the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan on Capitol Hill. The White House is pushing hard to advance several administrative rules it says will help clean the environment and fight global warning.  A consortium of environmental organizations including, the Sierra Club, the Natural Resources Defense Council, and others is paying for the group's travel expenses.

(Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association)

(Updated at 10:25 p.m. on Thursday)

A report from the NAACP says Missouri should increase production of renewable power and require utilities to offer energy efficiency programs. 

Accomplishing those goals, the report says, could provide better health, cheaper utility bills and more manufacturing jobs in the state’s urban core.