Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump said yesterday he had hope for solar energy, but not yet and not at the expense of natural gas and coal.The billionaire reality television star also derided wind power as a bird-killing eyesore during a campaign stop in Harrisburg, Pa. “Everything has its place. Solar absolutely has its place. I think solar is going to be good as time goes by, but right now they have not perfected it,” Trump said.
Donald Trump bashed renewable energy sources Monday night, saying solar power doesn’t work well and wind turbines kill birds. The GOP presidential nominee has stated his preference for coal and natural gas, and has previously said that solar power is unreliable and wind turbines are unsightly and harmful to wildlife.
Hillary Clinton campaigned in Omaha late Monday afternoon, vowing to push for an upgrade to the nation’s electrical grid if she’s elected president — to better distribute the power generated by wind turbines. “I know because I’ve seen them in the crowd. There are a few people from Iowa here today and your neighbor Iowa is already getting one-third of its energy from clean energy, primarily wind energy,” Clinton said. Clinton said the wind industry is part of a “diverse economic development” strategy that keeps small town America going.
Hillary Clinton gave Iowans a shout-out for their embrace of wind energy during a campaign stop Monday afternoon at Omaha North Magnet Center. Clinton credited Iowa’s nation-leading production of wind energy for both creating jobs and promoting a sustainable source of electricity for its residents. “Your neighbor Iowa is already getting a third of its energy from clean energy, primarily wind energy,” Clinton said. “They are taking abandoned factories and actually assembling the wind turbines – putting people to work in Iowa.” Clinton was joined by Omaha billionaire Warren Buffett as well as Ben Nelson, a former Nebraska governor and senator. Nelson served as a freshman senator with Clinton, and he acted as a character witness to the crowd before she arrived.
The New York plan is part of Governor Andrew Cuomo’s goal of getting half the state’s power from renewable sources by 2030. It establishes renewable energy credits to subsidize solar, wind, hydro, biomass and tidal power, as well as fuel cells. The decision stands in stark contrast to the strategy of other states looking to use cleaner energy. A bill that Massachusetts passed just hours earlier threatens to put New England’s last two reactors out of business by replacing them with renewable resources.
New York regulators today signed off on Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s plan for tackling climate change by rapidly expanding the state’s renewable footprint and throwing a lifeline to ailing nuclear reactors. The New York Public Service Commission approved key parts of Cuomo’s landmark clean energy standard, which requires the state’s electric sector to generate half its power from renewables by 2030.
A carbon tax may be the best way to reduce carbon emissions, according to most economists and theoreticians, but the idea is not as popular among regulators and utilities. Cathy Woollums, the chief environmental counsel at Berkshire Hathaway Energy, said the company, whose utility subsidiaries include Iowa-based MidAmerican Energy Co., Nevada-based NV Energy Inc. and PacifiCorp, does not favor a carbon tax, but instead prefers more “creative” solutions.
Two Iowa utilities are investing a combined $4.6 billion to build 2,500 megawatts of new wind energy in the state over the next four years. On Wednesday, Alliant Energy announced a $1 billion, 500-megawatt expansion of its 200-megawatt Whispering Willow Wind Farm in north-central Iowa, while MidAmerican Energy announced that it had settled a rate agreement that would allow its Wind XI project, a $3.6 billion, 2,000-megawatt wind farm, to proceed.
“The Clean Power Plan is a level of detail that the public still doesn’t necessarily know so much about,” said David Goldston, head of governmental affairs for the Natural Resources Defense Council Action Fund. “You tend to emphasize, especially at this point, clean energy, cleaning up power plants, meeting the Paris accords.” He said Democrats in the short term are more likely to focus on GOP nominee Donald Trump’s stance that climate change is a “hoax” and to play up the economic benefits of renewable power.
Mrs. Clinton’s opponent in the November election, Donald J. Trump, has gone further than any other Republican presidential nominee in opposing climate change policy. He often mocks the established science of human-caused climate change and dismisses it as a hoax. The Republican platform calls climate change policy “the triumph of extremism over common sense.”