TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR NOVEMBER 15
Second Term Climate Focus. President Obama yesterday stated he plans to work in Congress to curb climate change during his second term. During his first post-election press conference, he stated, "I am a firm believer that climate change is real, that it is impacted by human behavior, and carbon emissions. And as a consequence, I think we've got an obligation to future generations to do something about it."
California Begins Capping and Trading. California’s first cap-and-trade auction was held yesterday. Dave Foster, Executive Director of the BlueGreen Alliance, yesterday stated, “The implementation of AB32’s cap-and-trade system is a huge leap forward as California continues its journey to lead America — and the world — in developing a cleaner energy future… We wholeheartedly support this effort and hope that those in Congress will show similar leadership to that of California in reducing emissions and creating good jobs.”
More Wind Layoffs. Gamesa announced it is going to lay off 92 workers at its blade manufacturing facility in Ebensburg, PA. According to a statement from the company, “The U.S. wind market remains uncertain, largely because of policy debates over the federal production tax credit (PTC). Failure to extend the PTC, which expires at the end of the year, has caused a dramatic slowdown across the entire U.S. wind industry.”
Articles, editorials and letters to the editor on the Production Tax Credit for wind energy from across the country includes the following:
- Associated Press: Fate of wind energy production tax credit in hands of Obama, House GOP, officials say
- GreenTech Media: Is Wind Facing the Incentive Cliff?
- Climate Science Watch: Wind back in the sails for wind energy tax credit
- Hill: Sen. Alexander: Fiscal woes driving demands to cut tax credit for wind power
- Denver Post (CO): Editorial: Wind tax credit is an easy call
National and International Blue-Green
A new report from the Global Wind Energy Council and Greenpeace International stated wind power could meet a fifth of the globe’s energy demands by 2030. The Guardian has more.
Senator David Vitter is taking the top GOP spot on the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. E&E News looks at how his approach differs from Senator James Inhofe, the previous ranking GOP member.
Bloomberg Businesseek says Exxon Mobile Corporation is “part of a growing coalition backing a carbon tax…”
BP is set to receive a record fine for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster. The BBC has more.
To the States
The Daily News has an editorial from New York Governor Andrew Cuomo explaining why “New York must press ahead with urgency to equip itself for the new age of extreme weather.”
Grist takes a look at why one man is bringing solar generators to New York.
Texas wind power just hit a new record, according to the Star Telegram.
San Fransico Chronicle: Greenbuild hot climate for sustainability
Inside Climate News (Germany): German Law Gave Ordinary Citizens a Stake in Switch to Clean Energy