TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR DECEMBER 4
Contracting. News just broke that U.S. manufacturing contracted in November for the first time in three months while Americans waits to see how the lame-duck Congress will deal with a number of issues, including theProduction Tax Credit for wind energy, before the end of the year.
Examining Security Impacts. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse and several Senate Democrats are pushing an amendment to the defense authorization bill that would call on the U.S. to “assess, plan for, and mitigate the security and strategic implications of climate change” out of concern for national security.
New York Poll. A new poll found “an overwhelming majority” of New Yorkers believe climate change caused Hurricane Sandy.
Coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy from around the country includes:
- E&E News: Wind credit backers floating on the tide of fiscal talks, hoping not to sink
- Washington Times: Wind tax credit would benefit many
- Iowa Press-Citizen (IA): Officials waiting for wind energy tax break
- Daily News (NY): Orangeville wind farm waits on credit
- Public News Service (OH): Ohio Hunters and Anglers Back Clean Wind Energy
National and International Blue-Green
Reuters says American officials Monday stated the United States is on track to meeting President Obama’s goal of reducing greenhouse emissions by 17 percent by 2020.
The Washington Post Editorial Board wrote a column stating, “the road to a climate change deal goes through Doha.”
The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development yesterday stated the world is “on a collision course with nature” if more action is not taken to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, states the Guardian.
Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron are teaming up for a documentary on climate change. Politico has more.
First Solar Inc and SunPower Corp Monday announced they are expanding operations to China, according to Reuters.
Germany and Norway have signed a contract to allow the countries to exchange surplus renewable energy, DW reports.
To the States
The Detroit Free Press talks to Michigan Governor Rick Snyder about how he became a “mass-transit convert.”
The New Hampshire Public Utilities Commission yesterday gave out $750,000 for renewable energy grants, according to Power Engineering.
A gas leak at Finch Elementary in Atlanta caused two adults to be hospitalized according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
The Tampa Bay Times reports scientists are “still learning from the Deepwater Horizon disaster.”
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Monday announced its support for a state right-to-work law, according to Associated Press. According to WILX 10, the right-to-work measure is expected to be introduced this week.
Boston Globe: The voice of the future on climate change
Christian Science Monitor: Fuel subsidies get scrutiny at Doha talks
Huffington Post: Electric Vehicle Naysayers: Get Over It, Support American Jobs
Los Angeles (CA): State's sprint to wind, solar power could trigger crisis, panel warns
Mercury News (CA): Report says California's green transformation could push up energy prices