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February 15, 2017

McConnell sets up votes on six Trump nominees

By JORDAIN CARNEY, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:54:30

McConnell filed cloture on Monday night for Rep. Mick Mulvaney (R-S.C.) to lead the Office of Management and Budget, Scott Pruitt to lead the Environmental Protection Agency, Wilbur Ross to head the Commerce Department, Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-Mont.) to be the Interior secretary, Ben Carson to lead the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and former Texas Gov. Rick Perry to be Energy secretary. [ read more … ]

Governors Urge Trump to Support Wind and Solar Power (video)

By Joe Ryan. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:55:12

The message is the latest indication that Trump’s criticism of renewable energy puts him at odds with much of corporate America and members of his own party. Since he was elected, Republican governors in Illinois and Michigan signed legislation backing wind and solar. Last month, more than 600 U.S. companies issued a statement urging Trump not to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, saying it will generate trillions of dollars in investments. [ read more … ]

Governors tell Trump that China will reap low-carbon rewards

By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:57:34

Strong economic powers like China may take over as the global leaders in renewable energy and leave the U.S. economy depending on Beijing, state governors said. A bipartisan group of state governors working through a wind and solar energy coalition called on President Donald Trump to put his political weight behind the nation’s renewable energy sector. “If the United States does not continue robust federal research and development programs in wind and solar energy, we will cede leadership in these critical technologies to other nations that have demonstrated ongoing high priority commitments to these technologies, such as China,” the letter read. [ read more … ]

Some Republican politicians really do like clean energy.

By The Grist  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 07:00:14

A week after the buzzed about conservative Carbon Tax, a bipartisan group of 20 governors sent letters to President Trump and fellow governors imploring them to consider the benefits of renewables. In the letter, the group attempted to appeal to Trump’s vested interest in helping the rural communities he has promised to lift up. The Coalition cites $222 million paid to rural landowners a year by the U.S. wind industry, the $156 million paid to landowners in areas of below-average income, and that 70 percent of wind farms are located in low-income counties. [ read more … ]

Opposites Attract

By Jeff Greenfield, Politico  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:58:13

The Governor’s Wind & Solar Energy Coalition is asking the Trump administration to provide funding for grid modernization, support clean energy research and speed up the permitting process for wind and solar projects. “The boons of renewable energy can be virtually endless with your Administration’s and Congress’ support of the key initiatives detailed here,” the letter, signed by Democratic Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo and Republican Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback, says. “Your support of these initiatives will allow our nation to capitalize on renewable resources, meet the needs of Americans and bolster the economy.” [ read more … ]

Governors To Trump: Here’s What We Need For Renewables Industry

By Betsy Lillian, North American Wind Power  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:58:36

In a Feb. 13 letter to the administration, the group advocates for modernizing the grid and developing more transmission; establishing a bill for offshore wind development in the long term; boosting research and development (R&D) for wind and solar power; and improving the permitting process for wind and solar projects. With the Trump administration’s and Congress’ support of the aforementioned initiatives, the group explains, “the boons of renewable energy can be virtually endless. Members of the coalition have seen the benefits of renewable energy firsthand and agree that expanding renewable energy production is one of the best ways to meet the country’s growing demand for energy,” the letter states. [ read more … ]

Governors of red, blue states tell Trump: Back clean energy

By  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:59:04

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. Despite the president’s lack of enthusiasm for clean power, the industry is a boon in many rural regions that formed that backbone of his electoral support. Rural property owners earn $222 million a year from leasing land to wind farm developers, according to the American Wind Energy Association. Solar companies employed more than 200,000 people last year, and most new installations were in rural areas, according to the letter. [ read more … ]

US Governors Call On Donald Trump To Back Wind & Solar

By Joshua S Hill, Clean Technica  •    •  Posted 2017-02-15 06:59:31

A group of governors from across the United States and from both sides of the political divide have penned an open letter to Donald Trump calling on the newly-elected President to support the development of solar and wind energy. The open letter was penned by the Governors’ Wind & Solar Energy Coalition, a bipartisan group of the country’s governors, currently representing twenty states. Specifically, the letter was penned by the governors of Rhode Island and Kansas, on behalf of the Coalition. [ read more … ]

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