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Governors' Wind Energy Coalition

December 12, 2014

Senate to consider $1.1T package today

By Alexander Bolton, The Hill.com  •    •  Posted 2014-12-12 06:38:10

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) says the Senate on Friday will consider the $1.1 trillion government-funding bill approved by the House. The Senate voted Thursday night on a two-day stop-gap funding measure to keep the government operating beyond midnight. The leader also wants to pass a defense authorization bill, a package of tax extenders, a terrorism insurance bill and confirm a group of nominees before wrapping up the 113th Congress. [ read more … ]

DOE updates resource maps to reflect advances in turbine technology 

Ariel Wittenberg, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-12 06:38:35

The Department of Energy has drawn new maps of the country’s wind power capacity to keep up with advances in turbine technology. Updated maps released today show how taller wind turbines with higher nacelles and longer blades can harness significant amounts of wind power in areas where shorter turbines would be still. [ read more … ]

Global group of Catholic bishops call for end to fossil fuels

By Matt McGrath, BBC News  •    •  Posted 2014-12-12 06:38:58

Catholic bishops from around the world are calling for an end to fossil fuel use and increased efforts to secure a global climate treaty. Catholics, they say, should engage with the process leading to a proposed new deal to be signed in Paris next year. The statement is the first time that senior church figures from every continent have issued such a call. [ read more … ]

We’re still on a course leading to tragedy,’ Kerry tells U.N. delegates 

Lisa Friedman, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-12 06:42:53

Secretary of State John Kerry today addressed a crowded room of dignitaries, environmental activists and bleary-eyed negotiators gathered in this city to hash out a new international climate change deal and called for urgent action to avoid the most destructive impacts of rising temperatures. Kerry touted to the international community a landmark climate deal with China as well as the Obama administration’s power plant rules and the United States’ newest target for cutting carbon 26 to 28 percent by 2025. America, he argued, is now leading the global response to climate change, wants to see an ambitious international agreement signed in Paris next year, and is counting on governments to rise above a decadeslong battle over who should take responsibility. [ read more … ]

More investors flock to climate-safe equities 

Benjamin Hulac, E&E reporter  •    •  Posted 2014-12-12 06:43:10

Wall Street traders may jump into and out of any stock to pursue quick profits, but long-term investing predicated on environmental, social and corporate governance concerns is becoming increasingly common, according to a new report from the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment, or U.S. SIF. Known collectively by the abbreviations ESG or SRI investing — meaning sustainable, responsible and impacting investing — this strategy has ramped up significantly between 2012 and 2014, with $6.57 trillion of U.S.-domiciled assets at the start of the year now managed using the special criteria. [ read more … ]

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