Please add the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition to your address book for uninterrupted delivery
View this email in a web browser.
Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

February 14, 2017

Governors of Red, Blue States Urge Trump to Back Wind, Solar

By Joe Ryan, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:35:58

“The nation’s wind and solar energy resources are transforming low-income rural areas in ways not seen since the passage of the Homestead Act over 150 years ago,” Kansas Republican Sam Brownback and Rhode Island Democrat Gina Raimondo wrote in the letter, on behalf of eight Republican governors and 12 Democrat state leaders. Trump’s America First energy plan posted on the White House website calls for increasing coal, oil and natural gas production — making no mention of renewables. He has derided wind and solar power as uneconomical. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment Monday. [ read more … ]

Bipartisan coalition presses Trump on wind and solar

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:36:21

In a letter today, Govs. Sam Brownback (R) of Kansas and Gina Raimondo (D) of Rhode Island said renewable energy growth “is an American success story built on federal research and development, state policy leadership, private sector investment and ingenuity.” They wrote, “Last year, the country’s solar industry employed over 200,000 and added 31,000 new jobs. Most of the installations are in rural areas and have provided landowners another income option.” [ read more … ]

For the First Time, Wind on the Plains Supplied More Than Half Region’s Power

By Chris Martin, Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:36:52

Wind turbines across the Great Plains states produced, for the first time, more than half the region’s electricity Sunday. The power grid that supplies a corridor stretching from Montana to the Texas Panhandle was getting 52.1 percent of its power from wind at 4:30 a.m. on Sunday, Little Rock, Arkansas-based Southwest Power Pool Inc. said in a statement Monday. [ read more … ]

Trump might not be able to reverse the coal industry’s slump. Here’s why

By Bill Loveless, USAToday  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:37:33

A Pew Research poll showed 65 percent of Americans support expanding clean energy over fossil fuels. Video provided by Newsy Newslook Coal may make a political comeback in Washington, where President Trump is eager to make good on his promise to revive the sagging industry. But politics aside, it’s the greener forms of energy that are changing substantially the way the USA produces, uses and even saves energy, particularly when it comes to electricity. [ read more … ]

Hill Republicans should look to Cabinet, states for proven clean energy solutions

By Heather Reams, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:37:50

The party of Lincoln now has the opportunity of a lifetime to bring their ideas that create jobs and inspire the ingenuity of a nation. It’s an extraordinary time to think outside of the box – or rather to look beyond the Beltway – for innovative ideas that fellow Republicans have embraced, such as the promise of clean energy solutions, that have had real results for everyday Americans. [ read more … ]

A Rare Republican Call to Climate Action

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-02-14 06:38:07

The most important thing about a carbon tax plan proposed last week may be the people behind it: prominent Republicans like James Baker III, George Shultz and Henry Paulson Jr. Their endorsement of the idea, variations of which have been suggested before, may be a breakthrough for a party that has closed its eyes to the perils of man-made climate change and done everything in its power to thwart efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. This gang of Republican elder statesmen — they call themselves the Climate Leadership Council — is not made up of the usual environmentalists, which is why their proposal might gain traction, though probably not right away. [ read more … ]

Note: News clips provided do not necessarily reflect the views of coalition or its member governors.