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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 11, 2013

Former Republican leaders on climate change are steering clear of the issue

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-11 12:00:36

Changing weather patterns and a slightly shifting political landscape have spurred a renewed interest in climate change action among congressional Democrats but not with the Republicans who once expressed concern about the issue. GOP senators including John McCain of Arizona, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, Lamar Alexander of Tennessee and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska still say that man-made climate change exists and deserves a response — a position that sets them apart from many in their caucus who say warming is not occurring or is driven only by natural causes. But they don’t talk much about the issue anymore, nor do they propose mandatory programs to deal with it. [ read more … ]

Obama huddles with energy execs, ‘thought leaders’

Nick Juliano, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2013-03-11 12:00:56

President Obama met Thursday night with more than a dozen executives and “thought leaders” to discuss energy policies, including natural gas, renewables, research and development, and efficiency, the White House said today. The meeting comes ahead of a planned trip by Obama to Argonne National Laboratory in Illinois to discuss energy policy. [ read more … ]

Energy and Climate on the White House Agenda

By JOHN M. BRODER, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2013-03-11 12:01:14

President Obama hosted a casual off-the-record meeting with a diverse group of energy and climate change experts at the White House on Thursday evening, officials and participants said Friday. The session appeared to mark an early stage of the “national conversation” on how to deal with climate change that Mr. Obama promised to lead shortly after he was re-elected in November. [ read more … ]

Wind energy bill clears Maryland Senate

By Erin Cox, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2013-03-11 12:01:29

Gov. Martin O’Malley’s plan to encourage development of a wind energy farm off the coast of Ocean City cleared a major hurdle Friday as the Maryland Senate passed the bill 30-17. The proposal, designed to spark an offshore wind industry by subsidizing its developer, now goes to the Maryland House of Delegates. The House has passed a similar bill but needs to consider minor changes made in a Senate committee. [ read more … ]

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