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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 20, 2016

Rick Perry turned Texas into a wind powerhouse by getting out of the way

BY ALEX DAUGHERTY, McClatchy DC  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:29:22

Texas’ wind boom, which began under then-Gov. George W. Bush, was buoyed by a lack of regulations combined with generous tax subsidies. When Perry followed Bush, he kept things easy for business. Wind producers could get up to 30 percent of their project paid for by the federal government, and didn’t have to jump through bureaucratic hoops to put up a windmill.
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Smog engulfs north China for fourth day; flights diverted

By David Stanway, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:29:45

China declared a “war on pollution” in 2014 amid concern its heavy industrial past was tarnishing its global reputation and holding back its future development. But it has struggled to reverse the damage done by decades of breakneck economic growth, much of it based on the coal-burning power sector. Despite months of efforts to hone its rapid response systems, air quality deteriorated in parts of the region on Tuesday, with the environment ministry warning that firms were flouting emergency restrictions. [ read more … ]

Saudi Aramco, GE to launch Saudi Arabia’s first wind turbine next month

By Reem Shamseddine, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:30:02

Saudi Armco plans to commission its wind turbine pilot project, the first in the kingdom, next month, the state oil company said on Sunday, part of nationwide plans to diversify energy supplies and to meet an increase in demand. The wind turbine, supplied by U.S. company General Electric (GE) will provide power to Saudi Aramco’s bulk plant in Turaif, in northwest Saudi Arabia. [ read more … ]

Instead Of Trump’s Wall, Let’s Build A Border Of Solar Panels

By Homero Aridjis and James Ramey, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:35:22

Sunlight in the northern deserts of Mexico is more intense than in the U.S. Southwest because of the lower latitude and more favorable cloud patterns. And construction and maintenance costs for solar plants in Mexico are substantially lower. Thus, building a long series of such plants all along the Mexican side of the border could power cities on both sides faster and more cheaply than similar arrays built north of the border. [ read more … ]

Democrats call for special counsel to probe Trump team’s focus on climate scientists

By Chris Mooney, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:30:39

Nine Senate Democrats, led by Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, called Friday for an investigation into a questionnaire sent by the Trump transition team to the Energy Department, asking for names of “employees or contractors” who attended United Nations climate change meetings under President Obama. The questionnaire was disavowed Wednesday by the Trump transition, which released a statement that it was “not authorized or part of our standard protocol” and that the individual who sent it had been “properly counseled.” [ read more … ]

Nebraska County Commission approves first steps toward wind farm

By WIBW  •    •  Posted 2016-12-20 06:30:23

The Nemaha County Commission has given their approval for a wind farm project in the southern portion of that county. On Monday, the county commission adopted a resolution approving a conditional use permit and wind farm district. That decision came after a public hearing, where eleven county residents voiced both support and opposition to the project.
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