TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 15
Texas Speaks. On Thursday, members of the Texas BlueGreen Apollo Alliance, The Wind Coalition and American Shoreline, Inc. joined together to urge Congressmen Quico Canseco and Blake Farenthold to support the Production Tax Credit for Wind Energy. Read the press release from the event stating that more than 3,000 Texans set letters supporting this activity.
South by Southwest. The Obama Administration Friday announced it was setting aside 285,000 acres of public land in six southwestern states for the commercial-scale solar energy development. According to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, “Energy from sources like wind and solar have doubled since the president took office, and with today’s milestone, we are laying a sustainable foundation to keep expanding our nation’s domestic energy resources.”
Articles, editorial and letters to the editor form across the country on the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- Think Progress: How Wind Power Helps Lower Electricity Prices
- mLive.com (MI): The production tax credit needs renewal to move state forward
- Minnesota Daily (MN): Support the Production Tax Credit
- San Angelo Standard Times (TX): Congress should act on tax credit for wind energy
- San Angelo Standard Times (TX): Future of wind-energy tax credit is up in the air
- Olympian (WA): Keep wind power funded
National and International Blue-Green
NPR discusses why environmental regulations regularly “dominate” the campaign trail.
A SNL headline reads “Offshore wind still waiting for breakout as Mid-Atlantic States vie for business.”
GreentechMedia looks at the cost-competitiveness of offshore wind.
To the States
Austin Post-Bulletin looks at how wind energy brought $1.2 million in 2012 to Dexter, Minnesota through the wind energy production tax.
Jobs could be created in Hampton Roads, Virginia if offshore wind farms move forward, according to the Daily Press.
The New Haven Sun reports Madison, Connecticut has taken the Clean Energy Communities Municipal Pledge.
The Record in Stockton, CA urges Californians to vote No on Proposition 32. The measure, according to the paper’s editorial board, “has about as much to do with wringing the influence of special interests out of our elections as the Supreme Court's infamous Citizens United ruling of 2010 had to do with free speech.”
The Mercury News confirms the accuracy of the advertisement put out supporters of California’s Proposition 39 — the measure that would close a tax loophole allowing out-of-state corporations to pay in state taxes.
The Michigan Capitol Record released a chart overviewing all of the state’s ballot proposals.
E&E looks at the “political slugfest” happening in Michigan over Proposal 3 and renewable energy.
New York Times: Don't Block the Sun
New York Times: A Grand Experiment to Rein In Climate Change
Huffington Post (CA): Climate Law Is Good Business for California
Ventura County Star (CA): Proposition 32 at a glance
Marin Independent Journal (CA): Marin Voice: Prop. 39 keeps California competitive
Sacramento Bee (CA): Proposition 39 seeks to tax out-of-state companies to pay for energy upgrades
Holland Sentinel (MI): LETTER - Keep energy dollars in Michigan
Northern Michigan Review (MI): 25 by 25: Debating Prop. 3
Pioneer Press (MN): St. Paul unveils solar panel on roof of Law Enforcement Center
Rochester Post-Bulletin (MN): Riverland's wind program providing hope in tough times
Toledo Blade (OH): Energy program faces loan defaults, scrutiny 4 years after it was introduced
Scranton Times Tribune (PA): Three key committee leadership posts to open