Wind energy has been a major driver of Iowa’s economy and an important part of its electricity mix, despite the inaccurate and misleading claims in Grant Kidwell’s Oct. 6 commentary. Iowa leads the nation by reliably generating over 30 percent of its electricity using wind power. When Wind XI comes online, the Hawkeye State will near 40 percent. The results of this development have benefited Iowans across the state. As Gov. Terry Branstad has explained,“Every wind turbine you see in Iowa means income for farmers, revenue for counties and jobs for Iowa families.”
The United States pumped out the least climate-changing pollution from fossil fuels in the first six months of this year than at any such period since 1991, federal energy officials said Wednesday. That’s in part because those six months were the third-warmest on record in the country. From January to June, the number of days that Americans needed to turn on their heating dropped to the lowest level since at least 1949, when the U.S. Energy Information Administration began keeping those records nationwide.
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) spends many Mondays on the Senate floor, talking about the dangers of climate change. Yesterday, he took his presentation to Austin, Texas, where he sharply criticized Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas) for his decision to subpoena New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman (D) and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey (D) for documents from their investigations into Exxon Mobil Corp. “Rep. Smith is not just here doing something unprecedented to obstruct state officials in the performance of their duties, he’s doing it on behalf of the very subject of their investigation,” Whitehouse said in a brief speech from the state house.
Farms are the top story in Iowa — for food, for energy and for the waste that the state’s 20 million or so hogs and millions more cattle produce. “In Iowa, water quality and clean energy continue to remain front and center,” said Ralph Rosenberg, executive director of the Iowa Environmental Council.
Financing for large solar and wind energy plants sank as governments cut incentives for clean energy and costs declined, said Michael Liebreich, founder and chairman of the advisory board of the London-based research company, a unit of Bloomberg LP. Total investment for this year is on track to be “well below” last year’s record of $348.5 billion, according to New Energy Finance.
Leaked emails from Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s campaign show scientists, a former U.S. EPA chief and governors were invited to serve as her primary advisers on energy, climate, environment and infrastructure. In an Oct. 27, 2015, email, Milia Fisher, an aide to campaign chairman John Podesta, asks her boss to approve an invitation for eight people to serve as “senior partners” on the campaign’s policy working group.
To many residents in this tiny town in southern Vermont, the last-minute offer of cash was a blatant attempt to buy their votes.
To the developer that offered the money, it was simply a sign of how attentively the company had been listening to voters’ concerns. The company, Iberdrola Renewables, a Spanish energy developer, wants to build Vermont’s largest wind project on a private forest tract that spans Windham and the adjacent town of Grafton. The project would consist of 24 turbines, each nearly 500 feet tall, and generate 82.8 megawatts of power, enough to light 42,000 homes for a year if the wind kept blowing, though the houses could be in Connecticut or Massachusetts.
Los Angeles has suffered the worst ozone pollution of any American city for three years running. Coastal areas of the city could be swallowed by the Pacific by the end of the century as a warming climate causes sea levels to rise. A natural gas leak in northwestern Los Angeles, finally plugged in February, was the most disastrous in American history. Small wonder that Los Angeles is joining a growing movement to confront environmental challenges at the local level.
In what might be the most definitive sign that Cape Wind officials have given up on the long-running and seemingly unattainable dream of building a wind farm in Nantucket Sound, the company has moved to dismiss its appeal seeking to extend state permits to connect the project to the electric grid. Cape Wind Associates’ attorneys were expected to deliver briefs Thursday arguing why the state Energy Facilities Siting Board should extend permits to build a transmission line from the proposed 130-turbine wind farm to land, said Charles McLaughlin, assistant town attorney for Barnstable. Instead, he received a call from a Cape Wind representative saying that the company would be withdrawing its appeal, McLaughlin said
THE ISSUE: Energy independence has been a goal of every president since Richard Nixon. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have very different ways to achieve it. How energy is produced and where it comes from affect jobs, the economy and the environment.