TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 10
What Next? The United Nations Climate Change negotiations in Doha concluded Saturday with an agreement to extend the Kyoto Protocol. BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster released a statement saying, “While progress has been made on a number of issues over the last two weeks in Doha, there’s much more work to do both at home and abroad to meet the goals we’ve set for COP 18 and to reach a global treaty in 2015.”
Governors to Focus on Climate Change. Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin, the new chairman of the Democratic Governors Association, last week promised to have a “laser focus” on the issue of climate change. He told the media, “There isn’t a Democratic governor who doesn’t understand climate change is the challenge we must focus on… We are all advocating for growing renewables and assuring that we make more progress so that we’re passing a planet to our kids and grandkids that’s sustainable.”
Coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy from across the country includes:
- E&E News (Subscription Only): With deadline looming, PTC backers focus on eligibility requirements
- Reuters: D.C.’s clean-energy conundrum
- Iowa Farmer Today (IA): Don’t throw wind power off fiscal cliff: Advocates
- Topkea Capital-Journal (KS): Wind energy deserves fair chance
- Billings Gazette (MT): Wind energy tax credit promotes Montana jobs
- Great Falls Tribune (MT): Fighting for the production tax credit
- GoErie.com (PA): Professor urges renewal of tax credit for wind power
- Tribune Democrat (PA): Politicians refine their stances on wind power
- NPR (TX): Texas Wind Power Considers Future Of Fewer Tax Breaks
National and International Blue-Green
USA Today says 2012 is on track to be the warmest year in U.S. history.
The Los Angeles Times reports President Obama will “likely keep walking the middle line” on environmental issues.
The Obama administration is pushing ahead on its high-speed rail plan, according to the Washington Post.
To the States
Protests are expected today in Michigan over right-to-work legislation being considered by the state's legislature. The Detroit Free Press has more.
The Environmental Protection Agency recognized several Michigan GM plants for voluntarily reducing their energy use.
The Star Tribune explains the “business case” for using more transit dollars in the Twin Cities area of Minnesota.
The Columbus Dispatch has an interview with Parwinder Grewal, the director of the Ohio State University Center for Urban Environment and Economic Development, about why be believes green energy is plus in Ohio.
The Duluth News Tribune talks about the Duluth Local Energy Action Plan and how it will change theMinnesota city’s lights.
GreenBiz.com: 5 ways the Safe Chemicals Act can benefit business
Los Angeles Times: Rise in renewable energy will require more use of fossil fuels
Las Vegas Sun: Government investment in clean energy is important
Politico: Focus on U.S. after climate talks
Huffington Post: Koch Brothers Fund Bogus Studies to Kill Renewable Energy
Environmental Health News: Most doctors don't warn pregnant patients about environmental risks
Imperial Valley Press (CA): Renewable energy program four years in the making
Los Angeles Times (CA): Students try to make recycling fashionable
Repository (OH): Ohio county tries game-style energy-savings effort
Columbian (WA): Strictly Business: Green jobs here, worth cultivating