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No Red and Blue Divide When it Comes to Renewable Energy Innovation and CO2 Rules

April 7 -- Regular readers may recall my 2013 post describing how “energy agreement” is often “hidden by climate disputes” — drawing on data from a sustained survey by the Yale Project on Climate Change Communication and George Mason University Center for Climate Change Communication.

I saw that work as invaluable because it illustrated that a focus on deep polarization over the level of risk posed by global warming could be distracting from the prospect of taking widely-supported steps that could be taken to address it. >>View Article

Wind Power Sees Record Mark in Region

April 7 -- More than a third of the power used in a region including Kansas on Monday morning came from wind energy.

The Southwest Power Pool tweeted at about noon Monday that a record 36.8 percent of the electricity dispatched for use for part of Monday morning came from wind. SPP runs an electricity market for a nine-state region including Kansas and decides what sources of power to dispatch based on cost and ability to meet demand. >>View Article

Harnessed Clean, Homegrown Energy Equals Stronger US

April 6 -- When members of the Minnesota National Guard report to the newly expanded Education Center at Camp Ripley for training, they are kept comfortable, in part, by a geothermal ground source system, solar thermal panels and 27 solar tubes.

Camp Ripley's leaders also are working with Minnesota Power to plan the state's largest contiguous solar array. It will be the largest solar installation on any National Guard facility. >>View Article

Obama: Solar Power Good for Jobs

April 6 -- President Barack Obama said the U.S. economy is being buffeted by slowdowns overseas and made a pitch for his proposals on infrastructure, education and energy as the remedy to sustain growth. >>View Article

Study Shows: Big Oil is Chicken Little Over Ethanol

April 6 -- Chicken Little ran nervously through the barnyard, warning that "the sky is falling, the sky is falling."

For the last decade, Big Oil has been running nervously through the halls of the U.S. Capitol and the EPA, screaming — to anyone who will listen — that the Renewable Fuel Standard is an "unworkable," "infeasible," "unsustainable," rule that will create a "death spiral" in the fuels market. >>View Article

With 'Megadroughts' in the Future, We Need More Renewable Energy Today

April 2 -- Rising carbon emissions may lead to unprecedented "megadroughts" in the United States later this century, according to a recent NASA report. And these droughts could impact our lights as much as our lawns.

That's because powering computers, phones, lamps, and other appliances requires massive amounts of water. In fact, fossil fuel and nuclear power plants, which currently produce more than 80 percent of our electricity, use as much freshwater as the nation's farms. >>View Article

A Clear Need for a Clean Power Plan in North Carolina

April 2 -- Evidence of sea-level rise is everywhere on North Carolina’s coast, from Wilmington to Corolla. It is visible in the soil that won’t drain after a heavy rain and in the maritime forests that are dying as a result of saltwater intrusion. Changes are happening gradually, but longtime coastal residents can observe them, and their concern is growing. They wonder whether their property investments are secure. >>View Article

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