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August 22, 2012

Vestas wind turbine firm to cut another 1,400 jobs

  •  BBC  •  Posted 2012-08-22 12:14:47

Danish wind turbine firm Vestas has announced plans to cut another 1,400 jobs as it prepares for a drop in business next year as demand slows. The company cut its forecasts for the shipments of turbines this year, and said 2013 would be “even tougher”. [ read more … ]

Many farmers in the Midwest still say climate change is bogus

  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-08-22 12:15:08

Despite recent extreme weather events — flooding in 2011 and drought in 2012 — many Midwestern farmers still deny the existence of global warming. By 2030, climate change could cause $1.1 billion to $4.1 billion in losses for Corn Belt farmers, according to the Agriculture Department. Yet only 68 percent of Iowa farmers said they believed the climate was changing, and only about 10 percent of them attributed it to human causes, said an Iowa State University poll. [ read more … ]

Coal accounts for 10% of 8,100 MW added so far in 2012

Daniel Cusick, E&E reporter  •  E&E  •  Posted 2012-08-22 12:15:23

Natural gas and renewable energy resources have effectively replaced coal as the fuels of choice for electric utilities building new generation, according to new data from the Energy Information Administration. That finding, issued in a “Today in Energy” brief from the agency, comes as another dose of bad news for the U.S. coal industry. It has witnessed a steep drop-off in domestic demand as electric utilities increasingly look to alternative fuels to meet their needs [ read more … ]

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