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March 19, 2014

Kansas’s Renewable Portfolio Standard is Under Attack (Again!)

David Weiskopf’s Blog, NRDC  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:01:47

Here in the Midwest we are seeing the perennial first signs of Spring: a few early buds are appearing on the magnolia trees, rivers and lakes are starting to thaw, and of course, ALEC and the Koch brothers are pushing yet another pointless and harmfulattack on Kansas’s wildly successful Renewable Energy Standard. This year’s bill, SB 433, is sponsored by the Kansas Senate’s Committee on Ways and Means, which is chaired by Ty Masterson, a known ALEC member and supporter of last year’s failed attack on renewable energy policy in Kansas. There will be a public hearing on the bill at 1 p.m. (half an hour earier than the usual hearing time) this Wednesday, March 19th at the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka, Room 548 South. [ read more … ]

Maryland House OKs energy projects on preserved farmland

By Timothy B. Wheeler, The Baltimore Sun  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:02:10

A bill that could allow hundreds of acres of preserved farmland to be converted to wind farms or other renewable energy projects was approved Monday by the House of Delegates, 97 to 33. Supporters say farmers need the ability to diversify their income to stay viable. Some conservationists, though, worry that the measure would open the door to other commercial activities, ultimately undermining the viability of farmland preserved at taxpayer expense. [ read more … ]

Podesta to lead forum on preparing U.S. for climate risks

Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:02:30

The White House will host a high-level forum tomorrow evening on its plans to make the United States more resilient to climate change. In a statement released yesterday, the administration promised “new announcements” from federal agencies and the private sector on efforts to help communities shore up infrastructure and respond to the effects of warming. [ read more … ]

Prestigious science society seeks to move dialogue on climate change by releasing ‘What We Know’ report

Stephanie Paige Ogburn, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:02:52

Scientific consensus that humans cause climate change is akin to the scientific consensus that smoking causes cancer, says a report released today by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. The report, called “What We Know,” marks the kickoff of a new AAAS initiative to increase dialogue on the risks of climate change. “Opinion polls show that more than half of the American public still think that there is a debate over whether climate change is happening or whether it is human-caused,” said James McCarthy, a Harvard University oceanographer and co-chairman of the report. [ read more … ]

Grid evolves, and FERC isn’t just for energy wonks anymore

Hannah Northey, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:03:09

Mentioning FERC, or the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, at social gatherings inside the Beltway hasn’t always been cool. Dropping the f-bomb, some energy wonks say, could clear your corner of the room. “If you mentioned FERC at a cocktail party, people would just try and walk away from you,” said Allison Clements, an environmental lawyer at the Natural Resources Defense Council. “You have these conversations about cool renewable energy policies, big-picture federal issues and then you say FERC. It’s like someone dragged a needle across the record and everyone stops talking.” [ read more … ]

Wyo. rejects new science teaching standards due to inclusion of climate change

Elspeth Dehnert, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-03-19 07:03:26

It’s been almost two weeks since Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead (R) made the controversial decision to block a new set of science standards that include climate change in the curriculum. Now, education and climate change activists are speaking up to voice their concerns over the state’s bold decision. Wyoming’s rejection of the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) — a set of K-12 guidelines developed by national science education groups and delegates from 26 states — was initiated through a footnote to the state’s budget, which states, “neither the state board of education nor the department shall expend any amount appropriated under this section for any review or adoption of the next generation science standards.” [ read more … ]

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