TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR September 24, 2012
“Pretty Big Week.” Last week was a “pretty big” week for high-speed rail, according to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, with North Carolina and Virginia receiving grants to increase the speed of their trains and the Department of Transportation approving the high-speed railway project in California.
Kyoto 2? The heads of Brazil, India, China and South Africa came together last week to encourage the passage of an international “Kyoto 2” agreement that would force countries to cut their greenhouse gas emissions.
Articles, editorials and letters to the editor from across the country discussing the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- New York Times: Wind Sprints to the Cliff
- Politico: Wind power tax credit is vital to jobs
- Public News Service: Wind Energy Industry: Turbines Power Down Energy Prices
- Gate City (IA): Officials, residents react to Siemens announcement
- Indiana Public Media (IN): Wind Farms Hoping For Tax Credit Extension
- Bangor Daily News (ME): Reasonable return on renewable energy
- Register-Guard (OR): Extend wind subsidy
- Times-Tribune (PA): On wind jobs, pols blow it
- Dallas Morning News (TX): Is wind energy about to blow away?
National and International Blue-Green
Germany is once again leading the world with 320-megawatts of residential solar energy capacity installed in August, according to CleanTechnica.
A new study determined nearly one in ten children get asthma “because they live near a busy road.” The United Kingdom’s Daily Mail has more.
The CBC News looks at the “new opportunities and risks” being created by climate change in northern Russia.
Ron Curry has been appointed as the new Environmental Protection Agency’s Region 6 Administrator, according to Politico.
The New York Times looks at the energy use and pollution from data centers.
InsideClimate News says several states are considering establishing “Green Banks.”
To the States
The Hill visits Massachusetts where Senator Scott Brown “citied the transportation bill as proof of his bipartisan nature.”
CleanTechnica looks at a new California law that will “boost the sustainable materials industry.”
Construction has concluded on the 56-turbine Lake Winds Energy Park in Mason County, Michigan, according to the Ludington Daily News.
Vermont Public Radio looks at why wind power is becoming an issue in the state’s Lieutenant Governor race.
Los Angeles Times: The pain-at-the-pump blame game
New York Times: The Etiquette of Electric Car Ownership
Economist: Seeing the back of the car
New York Times: Clean I.T. Means Clean Suppliers, Too
Mohave Valley Daily News (AZ): Solar installations sign of growing green economy
Desert Sun (CA): Renewable energy job market continues growing
Delaware Online (DE): Fisker hope fades
Des Moines Register (IA): Iowa View: Realistic look at clean-energy sources is vital
Daily News of Newburyport (MA): City locks in solar energy prices lower than traditional sources
Baltimore Post Examiner (MD): Clean energy gathers momentum as big business
GreenBiz.com (NY): Data-crunching energy output of New York City buildings
Finance & Commerce (MN): Goodhue wind project sees shake-up
Plain Dealer (OH): Keep working toward better biking in Cleveland: editorial
Eco RI News (RI): Small Wind and Solar Energy Suffering in R.I.