TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR SEPTEMBER 27
Save American Jobs Tour Continues. The BlueGreen Alliance’s Save American Jobs Tour is still on the road. So far, Ryan Motel, a United Steelworkers member who works at Gamesa building wind turbine blades in Ebensberg, Pennsylvania, and others have visited Ohio and Pennsylvania. Today they’re heading up to Kalamazoo, Michigan to remind Congressman Fred Upton of the importance of the future of America’s wind industry.
And More Wind Power Layoffs. LM Wind Power, one of the largest manufacturers in Grand Forks, ND, yesterday announced it is laying off more than 300 workers from its blade manufacturing plant. How many layoffs will happen before Congress acts?
EU Hits 100 Gigawatts. The European Union now has 100 gigawatts of installed wind capacity.
Other articles, editorials and letters to the editor about the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- Digital Journal: The wind revolution — Why Congress should extend tax credit
- Paxton Record (IL): Wind industry banking on tax credit's renewal
- Alliance Review (OH): Louisville Resident Urges GOP Leaders to Extend Tax Credit on Wind Production
- Kansas City Star (KS): Wind energy stalls across Kansas, nation
- KENS5 (TX): Wind energy tax credit caught up in campaign politics
National and International Blue-Green
CleanTechnica looks at why the Department of Defense is going to spend $1.8 billion on clean energy by 2025.
Sharp Corp is considering pulling its solar panel operations from Europe and the United States, according to Reuters.
According to Climate Central, “Barring Unusual Cold, 2012 Will Be Hottest Year on Record.”
The Guardian asks “Can energy for all be a reality by 2030?”
To the States
Virginia’s Daily Record looks at the progress being made on offshore wind projects in the state.
Assurant Specialty Property is planning a 1.76-megawatt solar project at its Springfield, Ohio office. The Dayton Business Journal has more.
The Huffington Post looks at why sewage is still getting into New York’s waterways 40 years after the passage of the Clean Water Act.
Mary Anne Hitt, from the Sierra Club, talks about the building of the Shepherds Flat Wind Farm near Arlington, OR over on the Huffington Post.
According to the Austin Business Journal, Austin is attempting to “attract foreign investment to create local green jobs through sustainable projects."
Harvard Business Review: The Supposed Decline of Green Energy
Politico: Whitman: Anti-EPA message scares off independents
Christian Science Monitor: Why Midwest drought could have been much worse for some corn farmers
Los Angeles Times: Republicans have a medieval mindset about climate change
New York Times: Adapting Gas-Fired Power to a Greener Grid
Midwest Energy News: From Dusseldorf to Duluth, the promises and pitfalls of solar
Associated Press (SD): Report says SD unlikely to have major oil boom