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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

March 18, 2014

Americans don’t attribute unusually cold or dry winter to climate change — poll

Julia Pyper, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-18 06:39:21

Frigid temperatures gripped large swaths of the United States this winter, while southwestern parts of the country were hit with severe drought, but only a small number of Americans link these phenomena to climate change, according to a new Gallup poll. Two-thirds of respondents in the national survey (66 percent) said they are experiencing colder-than-usual temperatures this winter, but of that group 29 percent attributed it to human-caused climate change. The vast majority (70 percent) attributed the unusual weather to the “normal variation in temperatures.” [ read more … ]

Political ambitions in N.J. seen as helping to derail pilot project off Atlantic City

Colin Sullivan, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-18 06:39:41

This week could be a crucial one for the offshore wind industry in New Jersey. The state body with oversight on offshore wind in state waters, the Board of Public Utilities, is expected to hold a public meeting Wednesday during which a proposed 25-megawatt wind farm off Atlantic City will be discussed. An actual vote on the project is possible. That’s the simple part. More complicated is whether the board will get behind the blueprint from developer Fishermen’s Energy, which is also vying for a $49 million “phase 2” Energy Department grant to help demonstrate the market readiness of offshore wind. [ read more … ]

William Koch, pessimistic about coal’s future in the U.S., is out of the business

Elizabeth Harball and Manuel QuiƱones, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-03-18 06:39:58

William Koch, CEO of energy and industrial products giant Oxbow Carbon LLC, expressed pessimism about the future of coal in the United States during an interview last week.
“The coal business in the United States has kind of died,” Koch said during a phone interview Friday, “so we’re out of the coal business now.” [ read more … ]

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