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Why Are Some in Congress Content to Let Wind Industry Jobs Blow Away?

June 13 -- Believe it or not, there was a day when the Production Tax Credit for clean, renewable energy was not a partisan issue. When it cleared the House Ways and Means Committee in 1992, it was with a strong bipartisan majority. Then, clean energy was not perceived in Congress an us-versus-them issue. There was broad agreement on both sides of the aisle that developing new, cleaner energy industries would begin to level the playing field among energy sources and create more choices for consumers. It was described as good for the environment, the economy, and the nation as a whole. Members of both parties jockeyed to get projects and factories in their districts.

Alas, those days are gone, even if the benefits are not. Now there is a crusading right-wing that is happy to take fossil fuel money hand over fist and be the spear tip for that industry's efforts to sabotage its growing clean energy competition. Most Republican members of Congress are now under great pressure from the big polluters who are their big money campaign donors to actively oppose clean energy industries that have been an agent of economic growth in the nation generally and in rural Republican districts specifically. >>View Article

Pinch more pennies with solar power

June 13 -- It’s hard to find a person these days who isn’t interested in saving a few dollars.

Whether it’s by clipping coupons or carpooling with co-workers, every little bit adds up to help keep the budget in the black.

So who’s interested in taking their penny-pinching practices to the next level? All you need to do is look toward the sky for inspiration. Nature’s original light bulb, the sun, has a bright idea that could save you more than just pocket change. >>View Article

Wisconsin utilities hit 10% renewable energy goal, two years early

June 13 -- Wisconsin utilities generated more than 10% of the state’s power from renewable sources in 2013, hitting the clean energy target two years before the deadline set by the state Legislature.

State energy regulators announced the milestone in approving utilities’ 2013 compliance reports with the state law that passed in 2006 to boost Wisconsin’s renewable power supplies. >>View Article

Energy independence: attainable, but not with fossil fuels

June 13 -- Last month, the U.S. Energy Information Administration announced to the Los Angeles Times that two-thirds of the gas thought to be available for hydraulic fracturing in the U.S. does not exist.

This was a rough blow to those who have touted fracking as a surefire path to energy independence, as was the recent discovery that the Canadian tar sands oil planned to be transported via the Keystone XL pipeline is specifically intended for sale overseas.

But those who relied on these filthy energy sources to make the U.S. energy-independent need not despair: energy independence is still easily attainable. >>View Article

Tom Kiernan: Wind Power Can Help Reduce Carbon Pollution

June 12 -- Power plants are the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States, and with the Environmental Protection Agency unveiling new rules regulating the amount of carbon pollution released by existing power plants, many Americans should know what can be done to meet these standards – including ways we can do so without significantly raising electricity rates or hurting the economy. >>View Article

Beer Giant Sets Record for Water, Energy Efficiency

June 12 -- Beer brewer MillerCoors decreased its water and energy usage to record lows last year, the company said Wednesday.

In its 2014 sustainability report, MillerCoors said it using on average 3.48 barrels of water to brew one barrel of beer. That's 9.1 percent decrease from 2012. >>View Article

Wind Power on Tap to Help Texas Meet Carbon Reduction Goals

June 12 -- You might say Texas has a running start in the race to slash carbon emissions in electricity generation, a pursuit spurred by last week's proposed Environmental Protection Agency regulations aimed at reducing greenhouse gases.

Already the No. 1 wind power state, Texas is on pace to increase wind capacity by close to 70 percent in just two years. Between that and the continued additions of natural gas-fired generation, several energy analysts say they expect the state to be able to meet the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed goal of cutting its rate of carbon dioxide emissions by 39 percent by the year 2030. >>View Article

Dole Plantation Goes Solar to Cut Energy Costs by 30%

June 12 -- Dole Plantation, one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions with more than 1 million visitors each year, has gone solar to help it reduce its energy costs by 30 percent, a spokeswoman for the Oahu pineapple plantation told PBN. >>View Article

SB 310 sets back Ohio on the renewable energy front and Gov. Kasich shouldn't sign it: editorial

June 11 -- A mistake is sitting on Gov. John Kasich’s desk. It’s called Substitute Senate Bill 310. If Kasich signs it — and he shouldn’t — the bill freezes for two years state-required renewable-energy and solar-energy requirements.

Then, unless the General Assembly passes another bill, SB 310 would reapply state benchmarks in 2017 — at what would have been 2015 levels. >>View Article

Americans by 2 to 1 Would Pay More to Curb Climate Change

June 11 -- Americans are willing to bear the costs of combating climate change, and most are more likely to support a candidate seeking to address the issue.

By an almost two-to-one margin, 62 percent to 33 percent, Americans say they would pay more for energy if it would mean a reduction in pollution from carbon emissions, according to the Bloomberg National Poll. >>View Article

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