TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR SEPTEMBER 21
Drought’s Impact Seen. The economy in the rural parts of Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wyoming are all looking weak due to the drought.
Insurers Responsibility? Ceres issued a report yesterday calling on insurers — including Travelers Cos. And Allstate Corp. — to take a leadership role in helping governments “further understand and develop solutions to better predict and prevent losses from extreme weather events.”
U.S. Leads on Truck Standards. According two International Energy Agency reports published on Wednesday, the United States has stronger fuel efficiency standards for trucks than Europe and Canada.
Articles, editorials and letters to the editor from across the country discussing the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- Boulder County Business Report: Chambers lead push to extend wind credit
- Bloomberg Businessweek: Business Tax Extension Vote May Be This Week, Durbin Says
- Wall Street Journal: Wind-Sector Cuts Tied to Tax-Credit Clouds
- Washington Post: Unusual coalitions clash over wind energy tax credit
- Energy Collective: Will Congress Take the Wind out of Wind Energy's Sails?
- Radio Iowa (IA): Senator Harkin blames Republicans for lack of wind tax credit
- Kokomo Tribune (IN): Uncertainty over renewable energy tax credits leaves Indiana wind farm plans in limbo
- Hutchinson News (KS): GOP is at odds over wind tax credit
- Wichita Business Journal (KS): Wind power group on layoffs: Congress can make it stop
National and International Blue-Green
Bloomberg reports the index of U.S. leading economic indicators fell in August.
The New York Times Green blog ask the question: Who was “America’s greenest president?”
According to The Guardian, there has been a sharp drop in the number of residential solar installations in the United Kingdom.
The Guardian says a “windfall” is available for local communities that encourage the development of wind farms in the United Kingdom.
The Detroit Free Press interviews John Calabrese, General Motors vice president of global engineering, about why he believes “the U.S. is trailing the world on engineering education.”
To the States
The Los Angeles Times discusses how solar plants are being funded in California.
Three banks teamed up to support Plymouth, MA's first wind turbine. The Banker & Trademan has more.
The Associated Press reports “virtually all of the tar balls washing onto the Alabama coast are directly linked to the BP oil spill.”
New York Times: In Manufacturing Shift, Made in U.S. but Sold in China
Environmental Health News: Kids exposed to mercury or lead more likely to have ADHD symptoms, Canadian study finds
Huffington Post: The War on Green Jobs Hurts Us All
GreenBiz.com: Why sustainability rankings matter — but maybe shouldn't
Los Angeles Times (CA): Businesses complain about greenhouse gas allowance auction
San Francisco Gate: CARB Chair: cap-and-trade’s coming, like it or not
Associated Press (ID): Federal Regulator: Idaho Power Must Buy Wind Power
Rochester Post-Bulletin (MN): Goodhue County wind-project developer acquired by Indian company
Concord Monitor (NH): Right-to-work is wrong for N.H.