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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

November 6, 2014

GOP advance in governorships could change climate policies

Christa Marshall and Nathanael Massey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-11-06 06:45:50

Echoing the GOP wave in the U.S. Senate, Republicans picked up or held several key governor’s seats that could influence emissions trends and climate policies in some of the largest greenhouse gas-emitting states. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott held off a challenge from Democrat Charlie Crist, dealing a significant blow to environmental billionaire Tom Steyer, whose NextGen Climate Action political action committee poured money into the contest and conducted an “ark tour” to highlight coastal threats. Incumbent Republican governors swept tight races in Wisconsin, Georgia, Michigan and Maine, which also were targeted by Steyer. Governor’s mansions flipped from Democrats to the GOP in Maryland, Arkansas and Massachusetts, which has not had a Republican governor since Mitt Romney in 2007. [ read more … ]

United Republican Congress will pose challenges to EPA’s climate rule

By Evan Lehmann and Nathanael Massey, E&E reporters  •    •  Posted 2014-11-06 06:46:19

The Senate’s surge into Republican hands yesterday ends an eight-year hold on power in which Democrats made failing attempts to slash carbon emissions amid sharp swings in the public’s mood on climate change and growing damage from natural disasters. Seats in key states like Colorado and Iowa turned to GOP candidates who at times campaigned against the expansion of environmental protections under President Obama. The conservative wave dismantles a Democratic shield that until now had protected U.S. EPA’s efforts to complete its climate rules from Republican attacks as the Obama era ticks toward its end in 2016. [ read more … ]

Wind energy reaches greater heights

By Rob Matheson | MIT News Office   •    •  Posted 2014-11-06 06:46:41

Wind turbines across the globe are being made taller to capture more energy from the stronger winds that blow at greater heights. But it’s not easy, or sometimes even economically feasible, to build taller towers, with shipping constraints on tower diameters and the expense involved in construction. Now Keystone Tower Systems — co-founded by Eric Smith ’01, SM ’07, Rosalind Takata ’00, SM ’06, and Alexander Slocum, the Pappalardo Professor of Mechanical Engineering at MIT — is developing a novel system that adapts a traditional pipe-making technology to churn out wind turbines on location, at wind farms, making taller towers more economically feasible. [ read more … ]

Obama vows to work with GOP, ‘happy to engage’ on energy

Daniel Bush, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-11-06 06:46:59

President Obama today said there was room for agreement with Republican leaders on several issues after the GOP’s landslide victory last night, but he warned that he wouldn’t wait to act on parts of his agenda during his last two years in office. Speaking at the White House, Obama outlined possible areas of compromise, including tax reform, efforts to make college more affordable and a longtime Democratic goal to raise the minimum wage. [ read more … ]

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