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December 7, 2012

Wind energy has small slice of energy pie but big lobbying push for tax credit

Written by Raju Chebium Gannett Washington Bureau  •    •  Posted 2012-12-07 13:01:45

Wind power makes up a small slice of the nation’s energy pie, but its advocates have mounted a big lobbying campaign to persuade Congress to renew an expiring tax credit viewed as crucial for the industry’s survival. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., is playing a prominent role in this effort as he joins advocates who want Congress to extend the wind-energy production tax credit beyond its Dec. 31 expiration date. Udall and Sen. Charles Grassley, the Iowa Republican who authored the first wind tax credit 20 years ago, want Congress to include it in a broader legislative package aimed at blocking sharp tax increases and automatic spending cuts set to take effect next year. [ read more … ]

World has jumped the proposed 2-degree-Celsius ‘guardrail’ and is moving to a more dangerous climate, expert says

Lauren Morello, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2012-12-07 13:02:09

The world has missed its chance to limit global warming to 2 degrees Celsius, the level many scientists and governments say is necessary to avoid “dangerous” climate change, former U.K. environment adviser Bob Watson said yesterday. Keeping under that 2-degree guardrail would have required industrialized countries to begin cutting their emissions in 2010, he told attendees at the American Geophysical Union’s fall meeting. “We are not on a pathway to a 2-degree world,” Watson said. “Much more likely, it will be 3 to 5” degrees Celsius, roughly 5 to 9 degrees Fahrenheit. [ read more … ]

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