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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

May 27, 2016

Today’s Wind & Solar Energy News will not be published on Memorial Day.  It will resume publication on Tuesday, May 31, 2016.

Lawmakers not ready to give up on energy and water bill

George Cahlink, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:53:47

Senior appropriators are frustrated over the unexpected defeat of the House’s energy and water spending yesterday, but they also believe there’s a chance the measure will still make it to the president’s desk. The House rejected the $37.4 billion H.R. 5055 after two days of debate that had seemingly put it on a path to final passage. But 130 Republicans, frustrated over a provision aimed at barring discrimination of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender workers by federal contractors, sided with all but six Democrats, who opposed spending levels and policy riders, to defeat the bill with almost no advance warning. [ read more … ]

Trump preaches energy wealth to the industry choir

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:54:11

Trump framed his vision — including a “100-day action plan” that would roll back environmental regulations implemented by the Obama administration targeting carbon emissions and clean water — not only in terms of job creation but as an economic stimulus plan that would create new funds for roads and bridges, as well as schools and even Social Security [ read more … ]

‘Get out of the way’ of energy producers, Trump tells feds

Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:54:53

Trump also criticized solar and wind energy production as “very expensive” and asserted that wind energy production is too much of a threat to birds. “Wind is killing all the eagles,” Trump said, later adding that wind “doesn’t work with a subsidy.” [ read more … ]

Trump Uses Energy Speech to Outline General Election Pitch

By Michael Biesecker, Erica Werner and Julie Pace, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:55:15

And at an event in Iowa, one of the nation’s top wind-farm states, Trump also offered grudging support for a federal tax credit for wind energy. While calling wind turbines “very, very expensive” to build and maintain, Trump said he is “OK” with subsidies. “I don’t think they work without subsidy, which is a problem,” he said. Trump also supports the corn-ethanol mandate, which is hugely popular in Iowa and other Midwest states.
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Donald Trump’s Energy Plan: More Fossil Fuels and Fewer Rules

By ASHLEY PARKER and CORAL DAVENPORT, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:56:24

Mr. Trump said that in his first 100 days in office, he would “rescind” Environmental Protection Agency regulations established under Mr. Obama to curb planet-warming emissions from coal-fired power plants. “Regulations that shut down hundreds of coal-fired power plants and block the construction of new ones — how stupid is that?” Mr. Trump said.
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Trump raises environmental concern with call for more drilling

By Donnelle Eller, Des Moines Register  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:56:58

Even while calling for an all-of-the-above energy approach, Trump called wind and solar energy “very expensive.” “Without subsidy, wind doesn’t work,” he said. But John Boorman, vice president of the Iowa Wind Energy Association, said all sources of energy get subsidies, including billions of dollars annually for the oil industry. [ read more … ]

Guess Which State Towers Over All the Others on Wind Energy?

By Jeff Turpentine, NRDC  •    •  Posted 2016-05-27 06:55:57

Earlier this week, in Iowa, something really big happened. It’s fitting that the tallest wind turbine ever to be built on American soil would be built in Iowa—the state that blows all the others away when it comes to investing in this clean, renewable energy source. Iowa was the first state to pass a renewable portfolio standard (RPS) back in 1983; since then, it’s become the country’s undisputed leader in pursuing wind energy.
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Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.