TOP THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW FOR NOVEMBER 14
CO2 Up. Carbon dioxide emissions rose 2.5 percent across the globe in 2011. The IWR believes emissions could raise another 20 percent by 2020 if action isn’t taken.
Governors Call for PTC. Almost 30 governors from across the country came together yesterday to call on Congress to renew the Production Tax Credit for wind energy before it expires at the end of the year (see local coverage below). Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber reminded Congress, “It is time to turn the page on the recent election and work together to get Americans back to work."
Dirty Weather Report. The Climate Reality Project is kicking off its second “24 Hours of Reality: The Dirty Weather Report” online event tonight at 7 P.M. EST. The BlueGreen Alliance is pleased to partner with the Climate Reality Project for this event, and we are very proud BlueGreen Alliance Executive Director David Foster will be participating in a panel at the conclusion of this event (tomorrow at 6 p.m. EST) that will be moderated by former Vice President Al Gore. Make sure to join us online.
Coverage of the Production Tax Credit for wind energy includes:
- Bloomberg: Wind Power Market to Slow on EU, U.S., China Hurdles, Lobby Says
- Reuters: Tax credit for wind farms blown into "fiscal cliff" debate
- Denver Business Journal (CO): Hickenlooper joins push for extending wind tax credit
- Pueblo Chieftain (CO): Bennet renews call for tax credit
- Muscatine Journal (IA): Brandstad wants wind energy tax credit extended
- Statesman Journal (OR): Kitzhaber urges Congress to renew wind energy tax credit
- Patriot-News (PA): In a shale state, give wind power its respective due
National and International Blue-Green
E&E News talks about who could be the chairs of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s subcommittees.
E&E News says discussion of a carbon tax are picking up as people consider how to deal with the pending “fiscal cliff.” The Hill, however, reports House Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton yesterday stated he is “not a carbon tax guy.”
The Daily Yonder analyzes what rural issues will be considered during the Lame Duck Congressional session.
A new study is linking PCB exposure to fertility difficulties, according to USA Today.
To the States
The New York Times visits Seville, California, which is “one of dozens of predominantly Latino unincorporated communities in the Central Valley plagued for decades by contaminated drinking water.”
Construction has begun on an 800-megawatt solar project in California, according to CleanTechnica.
WBNG talks about the programs that can help New York homeowners save $900 a year by making energy-savings upgrades.
Education Week says the STAR Charter School in Flagstaff, Arizona will soon be America’s first school powered entirely by solar and wind power.
National Journal: Chamber to Insert Energy Development into Fiscal Cliff Debate
New York Times: When a Green Job Is More Than a Green Job
Boston Globe: Colleges can help battle global warming
Huffington Post: Hurricane Sandy Damage Amplified By Breakneck Development of Coast
Houston Business Journal: Keystone XL approval may be on the horizon, former Clinton official says
Waste & Recycling News: Skills, a greener economy and the 3 Rs
E&E News (China): China's green vehicle revolution is fueled by natural gas
Recharge (China): Chinese wind owners face cash crunch as state subsidy stops
Reuters (France): France needs more local power for green energy shift
Bloomberg (Germany): Germany Has Built Clean Energy Economy U.S. Rejected in 80s
North Country Public Radio (CA): A 'Green' Gold Rush? Calif. Firm Turns Trash To Gas
Sacramento Bee (CA): Calif. bullet train route will be engineering feat
San Francisco Chronicle (CA): 'Smart glass' windows the cool new thing
Forgo Forum (ND): White Earth Tribe installs two wind turbines with fed grant help
Cap Times (WI): Will Wisconsin Republicans wage another labor war?
Milwaukee Journal Sentential (WI): Climate change is here, even if election skipped it