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Small solar and wind producers about to get burned in Oklahoma

April 18th, 2014

A bill passed this week by the Oklahoma legislature would penalize the owners of rooftop solar panels and small farmers with wind turbines. Renewable power advocates are angry over what they see as a swipe at people trying to do the right thing.

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Polar vortex in the US could be the result of global warming

January 8th, 2014

While the ongoing cold snap is breaking records from Minnesota to Florida, it will not go down in history as the most significant Arctic outbreak in U.S. history, not even by a longshot.

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DOE Secretary Moniz explains the “all of the above” energy plan and defends natural gas fracking

August 29th, 2013

In his first major policy address since taking over at the Department of Energy, Dr. Ernest J. Moniz sought to explain the administration’s “all of the above” energy plan and answered critics who accuse Obama supporting natural gas development despite concerns that fracking contaminates air and water.

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Will your university divest from fossil fuels?

January 23rd, 2013

Concerned about the heavy toll that carbon pollution is taking on the planet, students across the US are petitioning their colleges to divest from fossil fuels….By clicking on the link to their school, students are connected either to a petition they can sign, or a website for their campus group working for fossil fuel divestment.

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Oregon’s Blumenauer gets it right on oil subsidies

March 1st, 2011

Remember President Barack Obama’s State of the Union pledge a mere month ago to end needless and expensive taxpayer subsidies for Big Oil?

Sounded good, right? Take back some of that largesse to these mature, hugely profitable companies to fund clean, new energy sources like wind and solar so we can build and maintain a new power base right here in job-needy America.

House Democrats followed through on that idea, voting today on a bill to end those subsidies that are enriching the richest corporations in the world.

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A green holiday gift for solar, wind and geothermal producers

December 17th, 2010

Congress finally dealt with that looming Bush-Era Tax Cuts bill this week, passing it with solid bipartisan support (it also had rare bipartisan opposition). While the bill was reportedly light on special attachments, green energy advocates were able to squeak in an extension for a grant program that they say has fueled growth in the wind, solar and geothermal fields.

Detractors have argued that the nation cannot afford such stimulus money. But this victory for clean energy helps new industries that must compete with already-subsidized established energy sources, like coal and nuclear power.

Forget even that many of the entrenched energy providers, like coal especially, get a pass on their air pollution, having successfully beaten back carbon taxes and penalties. Consider just that they get tax perks and have much of their capital investment in place. Wind, solar and geothermal providers, face steep capital costs, and need ways to lure investors. They need a level playing field, especially in the absence of clear messages from Congress on climate action or greenhouse gas penalties.

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Wind and labor leaders unite to push for jobs and clean energy

June 28th, 2010

Clean energy advocates and labor leaders are calling on the U.S. to step up its commitment to wind energy and wind-related manufacturing — or risk losing thousands of jobs to China, Europe and India.

American wind urgently needs strong supports, such as long-term investment tax credits and a Renewable Electricity Standard (RES), to show investors and domestic and global companies that it believes in the sector, the leaders said at a Monday news conference. A RES would signal that the U.S. wants to incubate developing firms and build everything it needs — from wind towers and blades to the highly evolved nacelles that keep the turbines turning.

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