TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR NOVEMBER 20
Greenhouse Gas Record. A new study from the United Nation’s World Meteorological Organization showed greenhouse gas emissions hit record levels in 2011. In particular, the report showed a .51 percent increase in carbon dioxide, a .28 percent increase in methane and a .31 increase in nitrous oxide.
More Scientific Support. More than 130 scientists from 27 Iowa colleges and universities signed onto the Iowa Climate Statement released Monday, which linked climate change and extreme weather.
California Auction Brings In $290 million. California’s first cap and trade auction brought in almost $290 million and sold 23.1 million available credits.
Articles, editorials and letters to the editor from across the country about the Production Tax Credit for wind energy include:
- EarthTechling: Wind Power PTC Gets Republican-Led Support Group
- SNL: 1-year PTC extension likely to pass in lame-duck session, observers say
- Chieftain (CO): Renew the PTC
- Joplin Globe (MO): Your View: Renew tax credits
- North Country Public Radio (NY): Expiring tax credits blow ill wind
- WKSU (OH): Ohioans lobby for continuation of wind energy credits
- Pittsburgh Business Times (PA): Wind tax credit extension urged
- Bellingham Herald (WA): Wind energy still worthy of tax credit
- Olympian (WA): Wind energy still worthy of tax credit
National and International Blue-Green
The Natural Resources Defense Council — a member of the BlueGreen Alliance — recently released its sixth annual ranking of states according to their oil dependence. CivSource has more on the report “Fighting Oil Addiction: Ranking States’ Gasoline Price Vulnerability and Solutions for Change.”
The Hill says House Speaker John Boehner is “tightening his grip on the House Republican Conference weeks before an anticipated vote on a deficit deal.”
The Guardian claims some companies are using the European Union’s emission trading program to “subsidize overseas rivals.”
A new study is linking exposure to workplace chemicals to increased breast cancer risk. CTV has more.
To the States
Forbes takes a look at the Commercial PACE retrofit program recently announced in San Francisco, California.
The Associated Press reports Superstorm Sandy left New Jersey beaches 30 to 40 feet narrower than before.
NPR asks if battery storage could be the “secret to unlocking renewable energy in Texas.”
York News Times has an update on the development of wind energy in Nebraska.
The Colorado Energy Office Monday received an award for the development of alternative fuel vehicles.
A fleet of electric garbage trucks is coming to Chicago, according to SustainableBuisnes.com.
Associated Press: Unions flexed muscles in state campaigns
Business Insider: 200 Investment Firms Issue A Warning On Climate Change
Washington Post: American manufacturing is coming back. Manufacturing jobs aren’t.
CNN Opinion: Solar power when the sun has set
Guardian: Desert solar power chief denies crisis
Silicon Republic: Green growth begins tomorrow, not in 2020, European Commissioner says
Huffington Post (UK): Local Green Energy Tariff Offered To North Cornish Residents
Hartford Courant (CT): Sandy Should Push Us Down Clean Energy Path
Lawrence Journal-World (KS): Wind energy powering jobs, revenue, report says
Boston Globe (MA): 3,300 gas leaks are found in Boston
Detroit Free Press (MI): Clean Energy Coalition working to help meet alternative fuel vehicles demand
YNN (NY): New Fenner wind turbine completed