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Thursday, 15 November 2012 19:47

Divided We Stand, Together We Move Forward

**Originally published in The National Journal's Energy Expert Blog

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

With the election behind us, let’s hope this is the end to an ugly era of polarization in American politics. Over the past few years, Americans have listened to political bickering across almost every spectrum of policy on the state and national level. Despite many differences between our two parties, bipartisan support for renewable energy is growing and policymakers should take note. Many different points of view are constantly being expressed on which programs and policies work best, but politicians should understand that Americans expect our government to bring more renewable energy to scale. If Congress extends the Production Tax Credit, one of the most notable renewable energy tax credits by the end of the year, this will be a valuable indication that Washington has the ability to work together to achieve bipartisan policies for the good of the nation.

By ACORE CEO and President, Vice Admiral Dennis V. McGinn

During the final sprint to Election Day, Americans will hear political leaders point fingers as they attempt to explain why the U.S. is experiencing slow domestic job growth. We will hear versions of an “all of the above” energy strategy, versions that may not in fact fairly embrace all of our domestic energy resources. Evidence of the lack of consistent support for all sources of energy abounds in Congress’s failure to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) even as the wind industry has been making significant gains in previous years. If leaders of any party want to truly establish “all of the above” energy strategy that embraces all sources of energy--natural gas, fossil fuels, and renewable energy--on a level playing field, the PTC must be extended.

Thursday, 01 August 2013 14:37

Drill For Energy? Yes, For More Geothermal

August 1 -- The age of natural gas fracking is upon us, and the debate about how hydraulic fracturing will be done in California has begun. Even assuming conservative estimates of natural gas reserves in the lower 48 states, the United States could easily move from a coal-based electrical portfolio to one that is based on natural gas. So why invest in renewable energies when natural gas is so cheap and for the time being, plentiful? The answer is multifaceted, but we will focus on two reasons: cost and greenhouse gas emissions. >>View Article

July 26 -- The Energy Information Administration, one of the government's greatest research outfits, has released its latest outlook for what the energy landscape will look like by 2040. >>View Article

July 1 -- As Gov. Andrew Cuomo vacillates on whether to lift the moratorium on shale development, opponents have perpetuated false information about shale development. >>View Article

Monday, 01 July 2013 14:17

RFS Fact Check

July 1 -- True or False? Natural gas is an approved alternative fuel under the Renewable Fuel Standard. False. >>View Article

June 27 -- With summer driving season here, a new public opinion poll gauges the consumer impacts of constantly fluctuating gas prices and reveals what Americans think is the solution: renewable fuel. The survey, conducted by Research Now and commissioned by Fuels America, identifies specific budget items families give up when they are faced with high gas prices, and their attitudes around oil, renewable fuel and the impacts both have on the economy and our environment. >>View Article

June 27 -- Renewable energy may supply more electricity than nuclear reactors or natural gas by 2016, spurred by declining costs and growing demand in emerging markets, the International Energy Agency said. >>View Article

May 30 -- Dear Secretary Moniz, Let me first congratulate you on your successful confirmation as the next United States Secretary of Energy. Your records of public service and of academic distinction speak for themselves. The American people are fortunate to have such a capable public servant in such a critical domain and at such a critical time. >>View Article

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