TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR OCTOBER 8
EPA Appealing. The Environmental Protection Agency is appealing the decision from the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit striking down the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule. According to the petition filed by the Justice Department, “The panel’s decision upends the appropriate relationship of the judicial, legislative and executive branches of government…”
Wind Energy Good for Local Economy. The USDA Economic Research Services conducted a study examining the economic effect of wind farms, and it determined “that each megawatt of installed wind power led to an additional $11,000 in personal income and 0.5 jobs per county.”’
CA Proposition 39 is Win-Win. According to Tom Steyer, chairman on the Yes on Proposition 39 campaign, the proposition is “win-win for all Californians and all California businesses” because it closes a tax loophole that benefits corporations creating jobs outside of California.
Coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:
- Bloomberg Businessweek: Jobs Blow Away as Congress Fails to Act on Wind Energy
- San Diego Union-Tribune (CA): In Southern California, too, election puts wind tax breaks on trial
- Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA): Wind industry on hold
- Beatrice Daily Sun (NE): Gridlock costs Nebraskans jobs
- Abilene Reporter-News (TX): Politicians, wind-energy industry at odds as tax credit's future up in the air
National and International Blue-Green
A new study, discussed by the Sydney Morning Herald, determined “Greenhouse gas emissions rise when economies expand but don't fall as quickly when recession strikes.”
E&E News considers why some farmers don't believe humans are causing climate change even though they are seeing its effects.
Politico says Mitt Romney is “stepping up” attacks on the Environmental Protection Agency.
The Associated Press reports Beijing officials have “completed a network of monitors that will more accurately measure air quality in the smog-ridden city.”
The Irish Wind Energy Association has developed a plan it believes could create 30,000 jobs in Ireland. The Irish Examiner has more.
In a statement quoted by The Hill, AFL-CIO Transportation Trades Department President Ed Wyktind credited President Obama for the recent “uptick in transportation employment.”
To the States
The Casper Star-Tribune says officials in Carbon County, Wyoming have approved plans for a 1,000-turbine wind farm.
The Maine Public Utilities Commission Thursday asked questions about plans to build wind energy projects off the coast the state of Maine, reports the Bangor Daily News.
CNN Opinion: Romney distorts truth on green jobs
In These Times: Workers’ Rights at the Ballot Box
New York Times: Why Your Car Isn’t Electric
Wall Street Journal: Are We Better Off Privatizing Water?
Wall Street Journal: Should Cities Ban Plastic Bags?
Midwest Energy News: Clean energy innovation depends on a good pitch
CleanTechnica (AZ): Tea Party Leaders vs Clean Energy in Arizona
Worcester Telegram & Gazette (MA): New Mass. green jobs numbers questioned
Columbus Dispatch (OH): Solar, wind power used to grow greenhouse crops
Argus Leader (SD): South Dakota ranked low in energy efficiency