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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

April 20, 2012

Iowa Power Fund off to a slow start

RYAN J. FOLEY, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2012-04-20 11:58:24

Chet Culver’s signature program for renewable energy research and development is off to a slower and rockier start than the former Iowa governor predicted, with a fraction of the money spent five years after its creation, according to a review by The Associated Press. Culver pitched the Iowa Power Fund as a $100 million program that would invest in ethanol, wind, and other technologies to reduce pollution, break the state’s dependence on foreign oil, and add jobs. In a speech when he left office last year, he said the fund “allowed Iowa to become the silicon prairie of the Midwest” and its breakthroughs would secure Iowa’s energy future. [ read more … ]

Next president may have to wrestle with climate issue, regardless of who wins — political experts

Anne C. Mulkern, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-04-20 11:58:50

The issue of climate change might be off the table for the upcoming election, but it is probably not dead for long, three political experts predicted yesterday. Discussion about how to limit warming — and even talk about a carbon tax — has a fair chance of resurfacing next year regardless of who wins the presidency, Democratic and Republican insiders predicted as they spoke at Fortune magazine’s Brainstorm Green conference. [ read more … ]

Lead by Example, Clinton Tells Sustainability Forum

MIREYA NAVARRO, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2012-04-20 11:59:13

“Chill out – sometimes this stuff takes years.” That was Bill Clinton’s wry observation on Thursday as he addressed a sustainability conference in New York City, expressing frustration over how long it is taking for the country to move forward on clean energy and energy efficiency. [ read more … ]

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