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Thomas: Utah’s out-of-date energy policy

July 16 -- The recent Western Governors Association meeting in Park City offered a stark reminder of a sad fact: When it comes to energy policy, Utah is stuck in the 19th century, while our neighbors build tomorrow’s clean energy economy. >>View Article

Windmill man optimistic about the future

July 16 -- Green energy has been at the center of bitter political fights in recent years, but Tom Kiernan sees a glass half full — at the very least — when it comes to the future of the wind power industry in the United States. >>View Article

US can't afford to cede green energy industry to its competitors

July 16 -- The clean energy industry is as American as fireworks on the Fourth of July. It invented the solar cell. It designed and perfected the electric wind turbine. The sector has largely defied the economic recession, with worldwide investments soaring 600 percent between 2004 and 2011. The result? Texas now has more solar workers than ranchers. California now has more solar workers than actors. And the United States now has more solar workers than coal miners or steel workers. But we’re losing our edge. >>View Article

Guest Post: House Cuts Clean Energy Funding, Dragging Down An Entire Community Of American Innovators

July 16 -- In my last post, I discussed a House subcommittee’s shortsighted vote to slash funding for the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE’s) innovative Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). I’m sorry to report that the rest of the House has now followed suit, passing a $30 billion energy spending bill that cuts a huge chunk out of clean energy programs. >>View Article

N.M. can contribute to fuel needs and boost its agricultural economy

July 15 -- The summer of 2013 has the potential to be the worst drought that New Mexico has ever seen. The Canadian River Watershed in northeastern New Mexico, which provides irrigation water to Arch Hurley Conservancy District farmers, has seen no irrigation water in six out of the last 12 years. Ranchers across the state reduced their herds to 25 percent of their previous size, and sold thousands of acres of land and livestock to just barely pay the bills. >>View Article

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