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  • Blog Post 06 Jul 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Unwinding Without the PTC

    Congress’ inaction on the production tax credit is creating some serious consequences for the wind industry. Gamesa, a leading wind turbine manufacturer, just announced that it will be forced to lay off 165 of its workers at two plants starting this fall as a result of Congress’ failure to renew this important subsidy.

    As the wind industry’s largest source of federal financial support, the production tax credit has done much to fuel the recent rise of ...More

  • Blog Post 03 Jul 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: July 3, 2012

    Vice President Joe Biden lashed out at Mitt Romney last week for backing cuts to the production tax credit, the wind industry’s largest source of federal financial support. [ThinkProgress]

    Still don’t believe in climate change? Then you’re either deep in denial or delirious from the heat. [Washington Post]

    A coal-backed group submitted a petition to the White House last fall opposing coal ash regulation, using hundreds of fake Chinese signatures as part of the 5,400 names. [Environmental ...More

  • Blog Post 03 Jul 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    What Global Warming Looks Like

    Colorado is having the worst wildfire season in the state’s history, and a freak wind storm on the East Coast last weekend killed over 20 people and left millions without power. Meanwhile, the Midwest is experiencing its worst drought in over a decade, and 1,924 daily high temperature records were set just last week.

    Though no specific weather event can be attributed to global warming, scientists have increasingly warned that heat waves, droughts, sudden downpours, ...More

  • Blog Post 28 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    NYT: A Court Rules for the Planet

    Today's New York Times editorial lauded the federal court decision to uphold EPA clean regulations:

    [The] federal court decision...vindicated the administration’s strategy of controlling emissions through regulation and showed good sense at a time when both the agency and the science of global warming are under relentless Congressional attack.

    The most important of these — the bedrock from which the other rules flowed — was the agency’s “endangerment finding” in 2009 that carbon dioxide and other greenhouse ...More

  • Blog Post 27 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Sustaining Wind Energy's Success

    On the National Journal’s Energy Experts Blog, LCV President Gene Karpinski stresses the need to renew the production tax credit:

    Wind power is a resounding victory of American manufacturing.

    Its rise is directly tied to the production tax credit, the industry’s biggest source of federal financial support. By incentivizing investment in wind energy, the PTC encourages innovation in clean, sustainable technologies and creates localized jobs that cannot be outsourced. For this reason, the tax credit has strong ...More

  • Blog Post 26 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    U.S. Appeals Court Reaffirms Climate Science

    Today, the federal appeals court unanimously ruled in favor of clean air protections in four major cases, marking a resounding victory for the EPA’s efforts to protect public health and stop unabated climate change.

    The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit said there is “substantial scientific evidence” that climate change threatens public health, determining that extreme weather, changes in air quality and increased temperatures are likely to have adverse health effects.

    The ...More

  • Blog Post 22 Jun 2012  |   Allison Donnelly

    Correcting the Math on Renewables and Jobs

    Yesterday several news sources incorrectly reported that stimulus dollars for the renewable energy sector had created under 1,000 jobs. stated that only 910 “direct” jobs had been created for the $9 billion in stimulus, “meaning that it cost about $9.8 million to establish each of those long-term jobs.” Meanwhile, the Washington Free Beacon ran a headline declaring, “Obama Administration Program Spent $10B to Create 355 Jobs Per Year.” They cited a National Renewable Energy ...More

  • Blog Post 21 Jun 2012  |   Melissa Yeo

    Green Roundup: June 21, 2012

    The House of Representatives holds the title of the most anti-environment House in congressional history, having voted against the environment 247 times in the last 18 months. That’s an average of one anti-environmental vote for every day the House has been in session, with one of every five votes rolling back protections for public lands, clean air, clean water, or enriching the oil industry. [ThinkProgress]

    Computer technology giant Dell has decided to drop its membership in ...More

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