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Daily Green Roundup - May 23, 2012

23 May 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

Labeling carbon dioxide a pollutant is “propaganda,” said Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner (R-WI) at the Heartland Institute’s Seventh International Conference on Climate Change yesterday. Sensenbrenner went on to say that carbon dioxide would boost crop yields and “make it easier to feed 7 billion people,” despite substantial scientific findings to the contrary. [ThinkProgress]

Activists staged a rally outside Heartland’s conference in Chicago yesterday to shine a light on the Institute’s corporate donors. Protesters drove around “people-powered billboards” shaming companies like Pfizer and Comcast. [Daily Kos]

Oklahoma oil billionaire and top Romney energy adviser Harold Hamm has contributed $985,000 to a pro-Romney super PAC – further proof that Romney is in the tank for Big Oil. [Washington Post]

An Environment America report released yesterday describes the benefits of President Obama’s proposed 54.5 mpg fuel efficiency standards for cars and trucks. Meeting the standards would reduce US oil dependence by 16.6 billion gallons and cut our global warming pollution by more than 146 million metric tons this summer alone. [Environment America]

Wind power could save the average Midwesterner up to $200 per year in 2020, challenging the common assumption that wind energy is too costly to be feasible. [Clean Energy Transmission]

Tomorrow, President Obama will visit a wind manufacturer in Newton, IA to express his support for the Production Tax Credit, a program that drives expansion in wind and other renewable energy sources, as well as provides tens of thousands of jobs. David Roberts looks at the rise of wind energy in Iowa and how that could hurt Romney, given his scorn for the wind industry. [Grist]

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