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Preserve Renewable Energy Standards

March 25 -- In 2005, the Montana Legislature set a modest, sensible energy standard that 15 percent of the power acquired by utilities would come from renewable energy – primarily wind – by 2015. Now some legislators are working to undermine that standard by redefining it. Changes proposed under Senate Bills 31 and 45 would effectively eliminate wind and solar power in future energy supplies. When lawmakers set the renewable energy standard, Montana had a mere 2 megawatts of generating capacity from wind turbines. Now we have 627 megawatts of capacity. View Article >>

Scientists To Ohio Senators: Continue Clean Energy Standards

March 21 -- Experts at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) are urging Ohio state senators to remember the many benefits of the state’s clean energy standards, warning that reliance on biased information from outside groups aimed at ending the standards could harm their state in the long run. >>View Article

How To Cut U.S. Gasoline Use In Half By 2030

March 21 -- This week, the National Academy of Sciences put out a massive — as in, 395-page — report on how the United States can cut gasoline use in half by 2030. And, beyond that, how to cut greenhouse-gas emissions from transportation 80 percent by mid-century. >>View Article

Renewable-Energy Standard Works

March 21 -- Most companies on the Fortune 100 list have adopted policies to increase their use of renewable energy. The reason is simple: Renewable energy is good business. America’s largest, most-successful businesses know that renewable energy diversifies their energy supplies, which, among other benefits, can smooth out the volatile price-swings common among traditional energy sources. Renewables also reduce companies’ long-term operating costs. >>View Article

Green Jobs Grow Four Times Faster Than Others

March 20 -- Clean-energy jobs make up a small part of U.S. employment, but a new federal report shows they are growing much faster than other work, even healthcare.In all, so-called green jobs accounted for just 2.6% of all employment that year, but a comparison with 2010 data shows that these jobs grew at four times the rate of all the others combined. >>View Article

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