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June 23, 2017

Trump’s putdown of wind energy whips up a backlash in Iowa

Ryan J. Foley, Associated Press  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:15:01

President Donald Trump, while speaking at a rally in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, shared his views on wind energy. President Donald Trump’s putdown of wind energy at his Iowa rally was denounced Thursday across the state, which takes pride in its position as a national leader in wind generation. [ read more … ]

Trump went to Iowa and bashed wind. Iowa gets 37 percent of its energy from wind.

By Ruairí Arrieta-Kenna, VOX  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:15:24

After a long screed about how he is saving the US coal industry, President Donald Trump suggested at a rally Wednesday night in Iowa that wind energy is unreliable and bad for birds. “I don’t want to just hope the wind blows to light up your house and your factory,” Trump said, “as the birds fall to the ground.” [ read more … ]

Wind Energy’s Growth Raises Concerns About Its Reliability

By Amy Sisk, Prairie Public Broadcasting/NPR  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:15:59

In the windy Great Plains, it’s not just the placement of these large towers, which have been welcomed by some, yet cause for concern for others. Energy Secretary Rick Perry earlier this year ordered a study of the nation’s electric grid to see if renewable energy is threatening the grid’s reliability. It’s slated to wrap up in July. [ read more … ]

Moniz nonprofit tackles grid study

Christa Marshall, E&E News reporter  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:16:23

Former Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz is unveiling a new nonprofit whose first project will be examining the electric grid. The Energy Futures Initiative, which Moniz is leading with former Department of Energy officials Melanie Kenderdine and Joseph Hezir, is aiming to “decarbonize electricity,” advance energy technologies and boost energy security. [ read more … ]

Take a Look at the States Sending the Most Carbon Into the Air

By Mark Chediak. Bloomberg  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:16:49

Texas sits at the top of the list — with more than twice the total carbon emissions of any other state. Despite a surge in wind power there, Texas still depends on fossil fuel-burning generators to serve a large and growing population. Florida, which ranks second in electricity production next to Texas, also comes in second in terms of emissions, according to the report authored by M.J. Bradley & Associates. [ read more … ]

EPA plans to buy out more than 1,200 employees this summer

By Brady Dennis, Washington Post  •    •  Posted 2017-06-23 04:17:09

The Environmental Protection Agency plans on shedding more than 1,200 employees by early September through buyouts and early retirements, as part of a broader push by the Trump administration to shrink a government entity the president once promised to eliminate “in almost every form.” The departures would amount to about 8 percent of the current 15,000-person workforce of the EPA, where a hiring freeze also remains in effect. The Trump administration has proposed a 31 percent cut to its budget, the largest percentage reduction of any agency and one that could mean several thousand job losses. [ read more … ]

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