TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 12
Checking the Facts. Several news organizations took a look at the claims by Congressman Paul Ryan in last night’s debate about green energy. Climate change, however, still wasn’t mentioned in the debate.
10,000 MW Renewable Energy? Check. The U.S. Department of the Interior approved the development of the Chokecherry and Sierra Madre Wind Energy Project in southern Wyoming this week. While this project itself is newsworthy — it will be the largest wind farm in North America with 1,000 wind turbines — the announcment is also making headlines because it marks the fulfillment of President Obama’s goal of authorizing the development of over 10,000 megawatts of renewable energy on public lands.
PTC Causing Job Losses. Vestas Wind Systems cut 20 percent of its North American workforce, or 800 jobs, this year.
National and International Blue-Green
The Hill examines the letters Representative Paul Ryan sent requesting stimulus funds for energy conservation projects in Wisconsin.
The Climate + Energy Project is pressuring Kansas’s four U.S. representatives to support renewing the Production Tax Credit for wind energy. The Hutchinson News has more.
E&E News discusses how wildlife may affect the development of offshore wind energy in the mid-Atlantic.
To the States
The Charlotte Observer looks at the three percent job growth in North Caronia’s clean energy sector.
Bloomberg Businessweek says Molly and Charles Munger Jr., the children of the vice chairman of Berkshire Hathaway, have contributed $54.4 million to California ballot campaigns. Charles Munger, alone, gave $21.9 million to the Small Business Action Committee that is advocating for the passage of a measure prohibiting union members from making voluntary payroll deductions for their union’s political activities (Proposition 32).
Nearly $30 million were spent in August for ballot ads in Michigan, the Detroit New reports.
The Pantagraph prepares for the inaugural run of the new high-speed rail between Joilet and Normal, IL.
Christian Science Monitor: Obama administration and China feud over clean energy
Discovery News: ‘Black” Silicon Grabs Infrared Sunglight
Washington Post: Why the U.S. needs a networked energy grid
Daily Tribune (MI): Proposal 3: A strong requirement for renewable energy
Muskegon Chronicle (MI): Endorsement letters: Proposal 3 would be good for Michigan consumers