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The high cost of our failing wind policies

Like many states, Minnesota is on the bandwagon for renewable energy, especially wind power. Despite all of the hype about falling wind power costs, Minnesota’s energy policy is starting to exert upward pressure on electricity prices, and it is notably failing at its chief objectives. America’s fixation on renewable energy dates to the energy crisis of the 1970s, when it was thought that oil and natural gas were...

Lt. Governor commends wind project’s economic impa...

Portland, IN – State and local leaders and landowners joined executives from NextEra Energy Resources, a subsidiary of NextEra Energy (NYSE: NEE), and American Electric Power (AEP) Thursday to celebrate the commissioning of the Bluff Point Wind Energy Center, which has created hundreds of construction jobs as well as millions of dollars in economic benefits for the region.      “I am very pleased to help commission this...

Ford Chooses a Detroit Base to Take On Silicon Val...

DETROIT — In a bid to link its historic past with its future products, Ford Motor said on Thursday that it had chosen a site near downtown Detroit as the base for a high-level team working on self-driving and electric cars. By relocating the group from its corporate campus in nearby Dearborn, Ford is embracing its Motor City roots and creating an urban work environment similar to a Silicon Valley start-up. It is the latest...

3 Charts That Illustrate the Impact of EVs on Batt...

“While this transformation would be extreme, it is not considered impossible.” Electric vehicles will put the pressure on battery, oil and power demand. By 2035, there could be 125 million electric cars on the road, up from 2 million last year. The result: a steep upward swing in demand for batteries and electricity, and a similarly strong decline in global oil demand. A new report from Wood Mackenzie details the rise of...

New, Major Evidence That Fracking Harms Human Heal...

A child born very close to a well is likely to be smaller and less healthy than a child born farther away. Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, may pose a significant—but very local—harm to human health, a new study finds. Mothers who live very close to a fracking well are more likely to give birth to a less healthy child with a low birth weight—and low birth weight can lead to poorer health throughout a person’s life. The...

World Bank to Discontinue Support for Oil and Gas ...

National Observer (Canada): The World Bank has confirmed that it will stop financing upstream oil and gas projects after 2019 except under exceptional circumstances in the world’s poorest countries. The global financial institution made the announcement at climate summit in Paris on Tuesday, which took place roughly two years after the historic COP21 climate conference in the same city. At Tuesday’s summit, French insurance...

Who Will Invest in Clean Energy? Big Money Will

Bloomberg New Energy Finance: People who invest in the world’s energy systems often want to know how many trillions of dollars will be needed to finance renewable energy and natural gas. One way to find the answer is to look at what those who have already invested trillions of dollars want to happen as the world transitions to a lower-carbon power system and electrifies transportation. A look at the numbers shows that the...

GOP Tax Bill ‘Designed’ To Kneecap Renewable Energ...

“It’s not even subtle,” said one senator.  The Republican tax bill aims to cripple the solar power, wind power and electric vehicle industries at the behest of GOP campaign donors from the fossil fuel sector, seven Democratic senators said Tuesday. At a press conference, they called on Republicans to either restore tax benefits for the renewable energy industry taken away in the bill or dramatically reduce current giveaways...

Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘wi...

www.reuters.com | 3 mins read #Business News December 11, 2017 / 5:11 PM / a day ago Cutting U.S. electric vehicle tax credit ‘will have an impact’: GM Joseph White 2 Min Read DETROIT (Reuters) – If Congress eliminates an electric vehicle tax credit it “will have an impact” on sales of U.S. electric vehicles such as General Motors Co’s Chevrolet Bolt, GM Chief Executive Mary Barra said on Monday. General...

Under Trump, E.P.A. Has Slowed Actions Against Pol...

 The smokestacks from Heritage Thermal Services in East Liverpool, Ohio. Heritage incinerates hazardous waste at this facility. Credit Andrew Spear for The New York Times EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio — The highway billboard at the entrance to town still displays a giant campaign photograph of President Trump, who handily won the election across industrial Ohio. But a revolt is brewing here in East Liverpool over Mr. Trump’s move to...

EPA chief says public climate debate may be launch...

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency could launch a public debate about climate change as soon as January, Administrator Scott Pruitt said on Thursday, as the agency unwinds Obama-era initiatives to fight global warming. FILE PHOTO: Scott Pruitt, Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, answers a question during the Concordia Summit in Manhattan, New York, U.S., September...

Trump administration sued for allowing ‘unlimited’...

  A general view of the Centenario deep-water oil platform in the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Veracruz, Mexico. Henry Romero / Reuters The Center for Biological Diversity filed a formal notice of intent Thursday, after the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finalized a Clean Water Act permit in September for new and existing offshore oil and gas platforms operating in federal waters off the coasts of Texas,...

Has fracking tainted your water? Scientists say EP...

Six years ago, Bryan Latkanich agreed to let an energy company tap natural gas beneath his property using fracking.  Soon after, the well water at his property in rural Deemston, Pa.,  started tasting metallic.  He developed stomach problems, and his 7 year-old son one day emerged from a bath covered in bleeding sores. Testing by state regulators and a researcher at nearby Duquesne University showed the well water had...

Coal Power In A ‘Death Spiral’ In Europe, Where Mo...

Maybe someone should tell Donald Trump. Coal power is in a “death spiral” in the European Union, with 54 percent of its coal plants losing money, according to a new report published Friday. Ninety-seven percent of the EU’s 619 coal plants will be losing money by 2030, according to the analysis from U.K. nonprofit Carbon Tracker, which looked at the profitability of every coal plant. Under current phase-out plans, only 27...

General Electric to cut 12,000 jobs in power busin...

ZURICH/LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – General Electric Co (GE.N) said Thursday it is axing 12,000 jobs at its global power business, the struggling industrial conglomerate’s latest effort to shrink itself into a more focused company. The U.S. company launched the cuts to save $1 billion in 2018 at its Power business, saying it expects dwindling demand for fossil fuel power plants to continue. GE’s cuts follow a decision by...

Renewable Energy Is Surging. The G.O.P. Tax Bill C...

   Photo A wind turbine generator outside Peetz, Colo. The Republican tax bills seek to scale back tax preferences for renewable energy like wind and solar. Credit Ryan David Brown for The New York Times WASHINGTON — The Republican tax bills moving through Congress could significantly hobble the United States’ renewable energy industry because of a series of provisions that scale back incentives for wind and solar power...

Map shows political divide on climate, common grou...

A majority of both Republicans and Democrats throughout Ohio favor clean energy policies, such as regulating carbon dioxide emissions as a pollutant and more government funding for renewable energy, according to a new interactive map. Moreover, people would favor those policies despite substantial divides on acceptance of climate change science and perceptions of risk from climate change impacts, said Anthony Leiserowitz at...

Tougher setback rules for wind turbines generate c...

Gary Baldosser, who farms 2,000 acres in Seneca County’s Adams Township, is a strong proponent of the Republic Wind project and is eager to get at least one of its 66 wind turbines erected on his property. The Blade/Tom Henry Buy This Image GREEN SPRINGS, Ohio — Ohio’s highly contentious debate over setback requirements for massive wind turbines is being played out in rural Seneca and Sandusky counties, where a company...

Pollution kills 9 million people globally each yea...

Your chances of dying from war, smoking, hunger or natural disasters pales in comparison to pollution, which kills nine million people globally each year. A comprehensive study published in medical journal The Lancet, reports that one in every six premature deaths on earth, are caused by diseases from toxic exposures in the environment.  In particular, coal kills over ten times more people than any other energy source, per...

Army engineers warn of brutal future for Ohio Rive...

Story Highlights More intense rain will cause river levels to surge, straining dams, flood control systems Drought threatens drinking water supplies, river navigation and power generation Report outlines steps that can be taken to help communities brace for climate change. Report is first of its kind for the cities and landscapes that drain into the Ohio River Climate change will push the Ohio River and its tributaries...