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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

January 25, 2017

Democrats offer a trillion-dollar infrastructure plan

By MAGGIE HABERMAN, JENNIFER STEINHAUER and CHARLIE SAVAGE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:42:25

Daring Mr. Trump to make good on his grand infrastructure promises, Senate Democrats on Tuesday will unveil a trillion-dollar plan to rebuild the nation’s roads, railways, airports, waterways and sewer systems over 10 years. The plan dedicates $180 billion to rail and bus systems, $65 billion to ports, airports and waterways, $110 billion for water and sewer systems, $100 billion for energy infrastructure, and $20 billion for public and tribal lands. [ read more … ]

Republicans, Democrats bicker over infrastructure plans

by Richard Cowan and David Morgan, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:42:46

Republicans and Democrats argued over the best way to rebuild U.S. infrastructure – a high priority of President Donald Trump – with no agreement in sight following skirmishes on Tuesday between the two parties. [ read more … ]

Trump administration tells EPA to freeze all grants, contracts

By Brady Dennis and Juliet Eilperin, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:43:15

The Trump administration has instructed officials at the Environmental Protection Agency to freeze its grants and contracts, a move that could affect everything from state-led climate research to localized efforts to improve air and water quality to environmental justice projects aimed at helping poor communities. An email went out to employees in the agency’s Office of Acquisition Management within hours of President Trump’s swearing-in on Friday. [ read more … ]

Home of World’s Biggest Wind Turbine Maker Bypasses Trump Sphere

By Peter Levring, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:43:44

Denmark’s minister in charge of energy policy plans to head to the U.S. this year to talk to state representatives in an effort to promote wind energy despite open declarations of hostility toward the technology from President Donald Trump. Lars Christian Lilleholt, energy minister in Denmark’s minority center-right coalition led by Prime Minister Lars Lokke Rasmussen, plans to travel to the U.S. to do the same and will count on state legislatures to see the potential of the energy form, irrespective of signals from Washington D.C. [ read more … ]

Climate Change Efforts Under Siege After Trump Election-E.ON CEO

By Christoph Steitz and Vera Eckert, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:44:06

German utility E.ON, which owns billions of euros worth of wind parks in the United States, said global efforts to tackle climate change were suffering serious setbacks, singling out the election of Donald Trump as a key obstacle. “President Trump has clearly distanced himself from climate protection during his election campaign: for him it does not appear to be much more than a disguised attack by the Chinese on American jobs,” E.ON Chief Executive Johannes Teyssen said. [ read more … ]

Home-grown Kenyan solar farm powers computers – and protects girls

By Benson Rioba, Reuters  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:44:39

When the first few residents of this village in the Ngong hills installed solar panels, nearly a decade ago, the only aim was to power their own homes, as their town had no connection to the national power grid. But today the community, south of Nairobi in the Rift Valley, is buzzing with solar and wind energy. [ read more … ]

Two-Thirds Of Americans Disagree With Trump’s Focus On Fossil Fuels

By Hayley Miller, Huffington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-01-25 06:45:00

As President Donald Trump prepares to boost fossil fuel production, a Pew Research Center poll finds that 65 percent of Americans would rather the U.S. focus on developing clean energy. The new poll, released Monday, shows that 27 percent said fossil fuels should be a priority, compared with 65 percent who favored renewable energy. Public support for renewable fuels has risen 5 percentage points since 2014, Pew said, with 81 percent of Democrats and 45 percent of Republicans now backing it as a priority. Among those aged 18 to 49, 73 percent favored renewables, compared with half of those over 50. [ read more … ]

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