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Massachusetts holds key to offshore wind boom 4.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Lawmakers in Massachusetts are drafting a bill that would jump-start the offshore wind industry in the U.S., helping trigger a $10 billion building spree off the Atlantic coast. The energy bill may be introduced as early as this month and is expected to require utilities to purchase power from offshore wind farms, according to Rep. Thomas Golden, one of the Democrats who control the state legislature. Still to be determined is how much power utilities would be forced to buy under the bill and, c...
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Herbert campaign piggybacks fundraiser on governor's energy summit 4.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Gov. Gary Herbert’s campaign is piggybacking a major fundraiser on top of a two-day energy summit, encouraging the sponsors and attendees at the policy event to pony up thousands of dollars to attend a special roundtable to boost the governor’s re-election bid. The campaign is asking the companies and individuals attending the event to pay $1,500 per person to attend the roundtable on May 24, the opening day of the fourth annual Governor’s Utah Energy Development Summit. They can also purchase a... <iframe src="http://www.sltrib.com/csp/mediapool/sites/sltrib/pages/garss.csp" height="1" width="1" > </frame>
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Misleading Talk About Decoupling CO2 Emissions and Economic Growth 4.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
You can call it my pet peeve or even my obsession, but whenever I read about the claimed "decoupling" of CO2 emissions and economic growth , I get annoyed. Webster's Dictionary defines decoupling as "eliminating the interrelationship" between two processes. But the interrelationship between CO2 emissions and economic growth has certainly not been eliminated. Decoupling is the wrong word and metaphor to describe what has been happening. When a caboose is decoupled from a train, it stops moving altogether. A better metaphor, although less linguistically appealing, would be a "slipping clutch." The engine continues to transmit power, and as a result the driveshaft continues to rotate, but with less velocity than when the clutch was new. What Has Been Happening True enough, the carbon intensities of many economies in the world, particularly those of the industrialized nations, have — for many years — been falling, as those economies have become less energy intensive (less energy use per unit of economic ...
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Million Solar Strong 4.5.2016 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Photo: National Renewable Energy Laboratory Perhaps it was on the rooftop of a superstore in a suburb of my home state of Massachusetts. Maybe it was on a high school in New Jersey, or a home in a small North Carolina town. It could have been a solar carport project in California, believed to be the largest of its kind. But sometime in the last two months, a solar project helped us clear a critical milestone for renewable energy: the U.S. now has 1 million solar power installations . What's more, experts say it will take only another two years to double that number. What made this milestone possible? And perhaps even more importantly, why will it seem modest in just a few years' time? It's not as if the sun just started to shine. Enough sunlight hits the U.S. to supply our energy needs with solar power many, many times over. The reason we've seen an exponential growth is solar power in recent years -- with enough solar now to power over 5.4 million homes -- is the trifecta of public policies, ...
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Benefits of Clean, Distributed Energy: Why Time, Location, and Compensation Matter 3.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Kristina Mohlin New York is preparing for a  future  in which clean, distributed energy resources – such as energy efficiency, electric vehicles, rooftop solar panels, and other types of local, on-site power generation – form an integral part of a more decentralized electric grid. This is the future the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) wants to see realized through its signature initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV) . This vision means the role of the customer is changing: from recipient to both user and provider of electricity and other grid services. By investing in clean, distributed energy resources, customers can make the electric system more efficient and contribute to a cleaner environment, while gaining greater control over their energy bills. As part of REV, the Commission is now considering how to compensate distributed energy resources for all the benefits they provide to the electric system and society at large. These benefits vary by time and location, which should be ...
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True Reagan: His Beliefs Were His Arsenal, and Words His Weapons 3.5.2016 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
Excerpted from TRUE REAGAN: What Made Ronald Reagan Great and Why it Matters . (Copyright 2016) Used with permission from Center Street, a division of Hachette Book Group, Inc. ________ On September 1, 1983, two years into his first term as President, while Reagan was vacationing at his beloved Santa Barbara, California, ranch, the Soviet Union decided to awaken a drowsy world with its terrorist downing of Korean Air Lines Flight 007. The Boeing 747 was a passenger jet flying from New York to Seoul, South Korea, carrying one member of the United States Congress and 268 other passengers and crew members from various countries. After stopping in Anchorage, Alaska, for refueling and after a change of routing, the plane mistakenly veered into Soviet airspace and, after a short volley of radio communication, was shot down by a Russian fighter pilot over the Sea of Japan. This jarring and deliberate act on the part of the Soviets came on the heels of Reagan's now iconic, but fiercely controversial at the ...
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French parliament debates labor law after protests 3.5.2016 Salt Lake Tribune
Paris • After a month of often violent protests, French legislators on Tuesday started to debate a hotly contested labor bill that would make it easier to lay off workers, weaken some union powers, and relax rules regulating the country’s 35-hour workweek. The reform, aimed at making France more globally competitive, faces an uphill battle. President Francois Hollande’s Socialist government has watered it down to soothe his leftist base, but it still reportedly lacks enough support to win adopti...
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Whistleblowing Is Not Just Leaking — It’s an Act of Political Resistance 3.5.2016 Commondreams.org Views
Edward Snowden

"I've been waiting 40 years for someone like you.” Those were the first words Daniel Ellsberg spoke to me when we met last year. Dan and I felt an immediate kinship; we both knew what it meant to risk so much — and to be irrevocably changed — by revealing secret truths.

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Why Trump and Clinton should name their entire Cabinets right now 3.5.2016 Washington Post: Op-Eds
Ted Cruz was right to pick a veep. He — and the rest of the candidates — should have gone even further.
Detention powers stir concern over Indonesia terror law 3.5.2016 Washington Post: World
A lawmaker involved in vetting Indonesia’s proposed counter-terrorism law says a contentious provision allowing detention without trial for six months could undermine the fight against Islamic extremism.
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Room for Debate: What's Holding Back Renewable Energy? 3.5.2016 NY Times: Editorials
The use of green resources have grown but recent bankruptcies in the industry raise questions about the future.
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Trump’s China trade policies could spark retaliation, experts say 3.5.2016 Seattle Times: Top stories

Trump has long maintained that other countries are taking advantage of the United States because Americans spend more money on foreign goods than the rest of the world spends on American goods.
Petition Filed to Reverse Approval of FirstEnergy Bailout in Ohio 3.5.2016 Commondreams.org Newswire
Earthjustice Earthjustice, representing the Sierra Club, filed a petition with the Ohio Public Utility Commission seeking a rehearing of the Commission’s March 31 approval of a bailout for FirstEnergy Corporation and its shareholders. Under the bailout, utility customers would be forced to subsidize the cost, including a profit, of the ...
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The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change’s Hidden Villain 3.5.2016 Wired Top Stories
The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change’s Hidden Villain
The greenhouse gas hasn't gotten the attention such a potent carbon-polluter deserves. But that's about to change. The post The US Is Finally Taking on Methane, Climate Change's Hidden Villain appeared first on WIRED.
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Texas Cities Lead on Solar, but We’ve Only Just Begun Tapping Our Potential 2.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Sarah Ryan Last year solar power saw unprecedented growth and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So where is much of this growth happening? In one word: cities. In a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, Shining Cities 2016 identifies the urban centers fostering growth in solar energy, and the policies and programs that can maximize solar potential. The cities that topped the list were, not surprisingly, primarily from the sunshine-abundant Pacific region, followed by an equal amount of cities from the Mountain, South Central and South Atlantic regions. These centers of connectivity and growth are major electricity consumers, and therefore important movers in the transition to a clean energy economy. But there are still vast amounts of untapped solar potential in the U.S. – specifically 1,118 GW, which equates to 39 percent of total national electricity sales (enough to power over 782 million homes a year) – according to a study on “rooftop solar power ...
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Texas Cities Lead on Solar, But Tapping The State’s Potential Has Just Begun 2.5.2016 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By Sarah Ryan Last year solar power saw unprecedented growth and it doesn’t seem to be slowing down. So where is much of this growth happening? In one word: cities. In a new report from Environment America Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group, Shining Cities 2016 identifies the urban centers fostering growth in solar energy, and the policies and programs that can maximize solar potential. The cities that topped the list were, not surprisingly, primarily from the sunshine-abundant Pacific region, followed by an equal amount of cities from the Mountain, South Central and South Atlantic regions. These centers of connectivity and growth are major electricity consumers, and therefore important movers in the transition to a clean energy economy. But there are still vast amounts of untapped solar potential in the U.S. – specifically 1,118 GW, which equates to 39 percent of total national electricity sales (enough to power over 782 million homes a year) – according to a study on “rooftop solar power ...
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Alabama governor, senator urge TVA to sell unfinished nuke 2.5.2016 Seattle Times: Business & Technology

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) — Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and Sen. Richard Shelby are among those urging the Tennessee Valley Authority to sell its unfinished Bellefonte Nuclear Plant, where more than four decades of work hasn’t produced a watt of electricity. Comments released publicly by the federal utility show that the Republican Bentley and Alabama Republican […]
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How Clinton and Obama tried to run the world - while trying to manage each other 1.5.2016 Washington Post
How Clinton and Obama tried to run the world - while trying to manage each other
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San Francisco’s Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata 30.4.2016 Wired Top Stories
San Francisco’s Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata
Donald Trump's latest visit to California was met with an hours-long protest in front of the Hyatt Regency hotel in Burlingame---and much of it was covered live by old and new media outlets. The post San Francisco's Trump Protest Sums Up Election 2016 in One Flaming Piñata appeared first on WIRED.
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U.S. Chides Five Economic Powers Over Policies 30.4.2016 Wall St. Journal: US Business
The Obama administration delivered a shot across the bow to Asia’s leading exporters and Germany for their economic policies and warned that a number of major economies around the globe could face intense pressure to engage in currency interventions to counter slow growth.
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