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August 31, 2015

Obama’s Alaska Visit Puts Climate, Not Energy, in Forefront

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, New York Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-31 06:24:23

President Obama will travel to Alaska on Monday to call for urgent and aggressive action to tackle climate change, capitalizing on a poignant tableau of melting glaciers, crumbling permafrost and rising sea levels to illustrate the immediacy of an issue he hopes to make a central element of his legacy. But during a three-day trip choreographed to lend spectacular visuals and real-world examples to Mr. Obama’s message on global warming, he will pay little heed to the oil and gas drilling offshore that he allowed to go forward just this month, a move that activists say is an unsavory blot on an otherwise ambitious climate record. [ read more … ]

MidAmerican Energy eyes 2016 for two wind farms in Iowa

By Steve Jordon, Omaha World-Herald staff writer  •    •  Posted 2015-08-31 06:24:50

MidAmerican Energy Co. of Des Moines said Thursday that its next wind farms, estimated last spring as a $900 million investment, will be installed in northwest Iowa’s Ida and O’Brien Counties by the end of 2016. The Ida Grove wind farm will have 134 wind-powered generators and the O’Brien wind farm will have 104 for a combined capacity of 552 megawatts. As a comparison, Omaha Public Power District’s north Omaha power plant has a capacity of 638 megawatts.
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Renewable energy requirement creates jobs, Berkeley study says

By CHRIS MEGERIAN, Los Angeles Times  •    •  Posted 2015-08-31 06:25:12

As lawmakers consider new measures to combat climate change, researchers at UC Berkeley released a study saying stronger renewable energy requirements would lead to new jobs. California law requires the state to get 33% of its electricity from renewable sources, such as solar and wind, by 2020. A bill by Sen. Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) would increase that standard to 50% by 2030. [ read more … ]

Comment: Conservatism hijacked for war on renewables

By David Jenkins, The Hill  •    •  Posted 2015-08-31 06:25:30

We have all heard about Obama’s “war on coal,” but in reality, the challenges facing the coal industry are much more varied and complex than the “war” label would lead us to believe. There is a war on energy being waged, but the target is not coal, it is renewable energy, namely wind and solar. The attack dogs in this war—all of which have ties to Koch industries and include Americans for Prosperity (AFP), American Energy Alliance (AEA) and the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC)—frame their attacks as a defense of the free market and fiscal conservatism. Yet even a cursory examination of their positions reveals they’re not defending the free market, but attempting to protect the fossil fuel industry from competition. [ read more … ]

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