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May 25, 2017

Kim Reynolds Sworn In as Iowa’s 1st Female Governor

By Barbara Rodriguez and Thomas Beaumont, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:46:23

Reynolds hasn’t said much publicly about her future priorities as governor, though she provided a glimpse during a speech following her swearing in. She emphasized tax cuts aimed at spurring economic growth, though she faces budget constraints that could complicate that effort, along with plans to encourage innovation in energy production through wind power and renewable fuels. She also stressed expanding workforce training for adults and providing more science, technology, engineering and math education in public schools. [ read more … ]

Republicans Will Reject Trump’s Budget, but Still Try to Impose Austerity

By CARL HULSE, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:47:02

Finally some good news for President Trump: His new budget stands absolutely no chance of being enacted by Congress. Moving forward with the cuts outlined in the $4.1 trillion spending plan created by the budget director, Mick Mulvaney, formerly one of the most determined fiscal hawks in Congress, would no doubt have major repercussions and compound the peril of Republicans already facing upheaval over their health care proposals. It would most likely hurt some of the very voters in rural and economically distressed corners of the nation who catapulted Mr. Trump to the White House and Republicans to control of the House and Senate. The effect on those constituents would be quickly felt. [ read more … ]

Wind energy’s watershed moment

By Amy Harder, AXIOS  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:47:32

“I don’t think 5 or 10 years ago I’d be comfortable telling you we could not sacrifice reliability when we’re going to have 35% of our energy come from wind,” Fowke said on stage at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual conference in Anaheim. “I’m telling you, I’m very comfortable with that today.” [ read more … ]

Path on Clean Power Plan ‘yet to be determined’ — Pruitt

Emily Holden, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:48:00

Asked whether EPA could replace the regulation, Pruitt said, “That’s yet to be determined.” He contrasted the Clean Power Plan to the Waters of the U.S. rule, which he said would require new definitions of regulated waterways. “On Clean Power Plan, I think it’s yet to be determined,” he said. “I think there’s a fair question to be asked and answered on that issue with stationary sources. What are the tools in the toolbox?” He argued that the 1990 amendments to the Clean Air Act were focused on local and regional air pollutants, not carbon. [ read more … ]

Groups Say Billions Needed To Jumpstart Stalled Wind Energy Development In Maine

By Fred Bever, Maine Public Radio  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:50:22

After a decade of rapid growth, wind energy in Maine has hit the doldrums. No big new wind projects are likely to go live anytime soon, and it could cost billions to unlock enough of the state’s wind resource — the best in the region — to serve southern New England’s thirst for renewable energy. [ read more … ]

Trump’s ‘fossil-fuel fetish’ doesn’t make economic sense, legislator says

By Rob Nikolewski, San Diego Union Tribune  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:48:50

“We’re delivering on our promises and our vision,” Kiernan told attendees. “We are not just here to stay but to grow and grow and grow.” According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the nation’s wind power generation capacity is expected to top 100 gigawatts by the end of next year, which would account for 9 percent of the electric power sector’s total generation capacity. [ read more … ]

Wind power will keep growing rapidly — and bring economic opportunity to rural America

By Michael Goggin, Market Watch  •    •  Posted 2017-05-25 06:49:23

The future of federal policies to cut carbon dioxide pollution for existing power plants, such as the Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Power Plan rule, remains uncertain for the near term. But even with this uncertainty on carbon policy, other factors will continue to drive wind energy’s astronomical growth — benefiting in particular the rural and Rust Belt areas that are starved of economic opportunity [ read more … ]

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