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Dear Governors: Electric Vehicle Policies Will Help You Succeed 18.12.2014 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
As current and recently-elected governors consider which issues to prioritize in their new terms, electric vehicle policies should be on the list. Why? These programs will help them address environmental, health, and economic issues all at once. This week, 67 businesses and organizations sent a letter to the governors and governors-elect of the 11 Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states urging them to take specific actions that will accelerate EV adoption. Notably, many businesses signed the letter because they see a transition to EVs as a crucial way to spur domestic jobs and energy security. Letter signers include the utilities National Grid and Con Edison because of the important intersection between EVs and electricity policies. Some states in the region -such as Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Massachusetts--have EV consumer rebates in places that are starting to accelerate EV sales. Some states are installing public charging stations, allowing EV drivers to access carpool lanes, and adding EVs to their ...
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We Can Ban Fracking, New York Paves the Way 18.12.2014 Commondreams.org Views
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Kenyan MPs in heated debate on terror law 'that trims freedoms' 18.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Kenyan lawmakers prepared to vote Thursday on controversial security legislation that would give authorities new powers to hold terror suspects and curtail journalists' freedoms if they are deemed to be "undermining" investigations. The bill was proposed after a string of attacks in Kenya by Somalia-based Shebab insurgents that have increased pressure on the government to confront the Islamist militants. It includes proposals boosting the time police can hold terror suspects from the current 90 days to nearly a year, increasing sentences and giving investigators more powers to tap phones. Under the bill, journalists could face up to three years behind bars if their reports "undermine investigations or security operations relating to terrorism," or if they publish images of terror victims without permission from the ...
California power regulator to address allegations 18.12.2014 Yahoo: US National
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California's chief utility regulator is expected to address alleged backroom dealings with the state's largest utility when he presides over his last voting meeting of the five-member commission Thursday.
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Text of President Obama's remarks on the release of Alan Gross, future US-Cuba relations 18.12.2014 Star Tribune: Politics
Text of Obama's remarks on US-Cuba relations 18.12.2014 Yahoo: Politics
Text of President Barack Obama's remarks Wednesday on the release of American Alan Gross from a Cuban prison and on future diplomatic relations between the two countries. The text was provided by the White House:
Obama has power to further weaken Cuba sanctions 18.12.2014 Yahoo: Top Stories
By Anna Yukhananov and Alistair Bell WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama has the power to further weaken U.S. sanctions against the Communist-run island beyond the normalization of relations with Havana that he announced on Wednesday, sanctions experts said. While the restoration of diplomatic ties to Havana after decades of animosity was a big breakthrough, the real obstacle to normal ties between the two countries is the decades-old embargo. With Republicans due to take control of both the U.S. ...
U.S., Cuba restore ties after 50 years 18.12.2014 Terrorism
By Daniel Trotta and Steve Holland HAVANA/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States and Cuba agreed on Wednesday to restore diplomatic ties that Washington severed more than 50 years ago, and President Barack Obama called for an end to the long economic embargo against its old Cold War enemy. After 18 months of secret talks, Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro agreed in a phone call on Tuesday on a breakthrough prisoner exchange, the opening of embassies in each other's countries, and an easing of some restrictions on commerce. ...
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ESA Policy News December 17: Congress passes “CRomnibus” spending bill, Senate committee chairs announced, US Census public comment opportunity 18.12.2014 EcoTone
ESA Policy News December 17: Congress passes “CRomnibus” spending bill, Senate committee chairs announced, US Census public comment opportunity
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A Report on Energy Efficiency at America's Utilities 18.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ralph Cavanagh, Energy Program Co-Director, San Francisco, CA: Part of NRDC’s Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments America’s utilities have become the most important investors in smarter energy use, helping all of us reduce our bills, and NRDC’s advocacy over the past year helped achieve major gains...
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Wind and Solar Power: Transforming the Grid with Clean Energy - Reliably - Every Day 18.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
John Moore, Senior Attorney – The Sustainable FERC Project, Chicago: Despite years of successful experience, dozens of studies, and increasing utility support for clean energy, urban myth holds that electricity from renewable energy is unreliable. Yet over 75,000 megawatts (MW) of wind and solar power have been integrated, reliably, into...
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Granderson: U.S. learning from history? 18.12.2014 CNN: Top Stories
LZ Granderson says the U.S. can set right some wrongs created in the 1950s when it supported a brutal dictatorship in Cuba, paving the way for Fidel Castro to take over
Untapped Incentives for Energy Efficiency Projects 17.12.2014 Main Feed - Environmental Defense
By EDF Blogs By: Abraham Weiner, 2013 EDF Climate Corps Alumnus As an EDF Climate Corps fellow back in 2013, one task that was of particular interest to me was figuring out how to help my host organization fund, in whole or in part, its efficiency upgrades. In my research, the most unique funding source I found was the energy efficiency forward capacity market. This program allows those who invested in energy efficiency over the last several years to go back and obtain additional incentive dollars on top of traditional utility rebates. This is essentially free money for organizations who have invested in efficiency measures. In fact, when I was a fellow, I identified over  $50,000 in incentives  that my EDF Climate Corps host organization was eligible for from projects completed before I even arrived. In order to explain how this program works, I need to explain who PJM is and what they do. PJM Interconnection is a regional transmission organization. They coordinate the activity of suppliers, generators, ...
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California's Groundbreaking Clean Energy Law Leads the Way 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Alex Jackson, Legal Director, California Climate Project, San Francisco: Another in NRDC’s Year-End Review of 2014 Clean Energy Developments Governor Jerry Brown, legislative leaders, administration officials, and climate activists gathered this week at the California’s Climate Leadership forum to discuss the future of California’s roadmap to decarbonize the world’s...
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NYS Public Service Commission Action Will Help Tenants, Low-Income Customers and Others Lacking Rooftop Access Go Solar 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Nathanael Greene, Director of Renewable Energy Policy, New York City: For New Yorkers like me, who’ve wanted to put solar panels on their roofs but found it wasn’t feasible, there’s some excellent news, thanks to an effort NRDC and others helped initiate at the New York State Public Service Commission...
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America's Addiction to Torture 17.12.2014 Truthout.com
Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it's part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home. Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized ...
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America's Addiction to Torture 17.12.2014 Truthout - All Articles
Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) State-sanctioned torture is not just a US export; it's part of a long history of domestic terrorism. We must connect the dots between the same lawlessness and culture that subjects foreign nationals to brutal violence, and provides immunity for killer cops at home. Masked Guantánamo protesters kneel during the Democratic National Convention August 25, 2008, in Denver. (Photo via Shutterstock ) Want to support Truthout and double your impact? Click here to make a donation that will be matched dollar-for-dollar - but only if we meet our matching grant goal in time! The United States is addicted to torture. Not only does this savage addiction run through its history like an overheated electric current, but it has become intensified as part of a broader national psychosis of fear, war and violence. A post 9/11 obsession with security and revenge has buttressed a militarized ...
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2014 Brings Big Savings in Appliance and Equipment Efficiency, More to Come in 2015 17.12.2014 Switchboard, from NRDC
Meg Waltner, Manager, Building Energy Policy, San Francisco, CA: Another in NRDC's Year-End Series Reviewing 2014 Clean Energy Developments. The Department of Energy (DOE) this year set final energy efficiency standards for seven products ranging from electric motors to commercial refrigeration equipment that will save consumers more than $54...
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PG&E email hints at improper contacts with PUC's Mike Florio 17.12.2014 LA Times: Business
An ongoing scandal continues to unfold over what critics contend is an overly chummy relationship between electricity and natural gas companies and state utility regulators.
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British lawmaker proposes 'English votes for English laws' plan 17.12.2014 LA Times: Opinion
The morning after Scotland's referendum on independence, British Prime Minister David Cameron stood in front of his Downing Street residence and made a decisive statement.
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