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Inhofe shrugs as Jon Stewart pounces on snowball stunt 

Source: Jean Chemnick, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Sen. James Inhofe laughed off comedian Jon Stewart’s “Daily Show” segment last night that lampooned the Environment and Public Works Committee chairman for implying that snow in February means man-made climate change isn’t happening.

Japan’s Growth in Solar Power Falters as Utilities Balk

Source: By JONATHAN SOBLE, New York Times • Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Solar use in Japan has exploded over the last two years as part of an ambitious national effort to promote renewable energy. But the technology’s future role is now in doubt. Utilities say their infrastructure cannot handle the swelling army of solar entrepreneurs intent on selling their power. And their willingness to invest more money depends heavily on whether the government remains committed to clean energy.

Pennsylvania Governor Proposes Big Investments in Renewable Energy and Efficiency

Source: By Jeremy Richardson, senior energy analyst, Union of Concerned Scientists • Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Today, in his first budget address as Governor of Pennsylvania, Tom Wolf proposed $325 million in investments in the state’s energy sector, including significant investments in wind, solar, and energy efficiency. This proposal is part of an overall economic development plan aimed at investing in education and creating high-paying jobs across the Commonwealth.

Colo. latest state to reject scale-back of renewable standards 

Source: Jennifer Yachnin, E&E reporter • Posted: Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Efforts to roll back state-level renewable energy standards hit another roadblock yesterday, as Colorado Democrats rejected a measure aimed at reducing the state’s current generation requirements. But opponents to the mandated use of resources including wind and solar power will still press similar bills in a handful of other states this year.

Most Americans see combating climate change as a moral duty

Source: BY BRUCE WALLACE, Reuters • Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Two-thirds of respondents (66 percent) said that world leaders are morally obligated to take action to reduce CO2 emissions. And 72 percent said they were “personally morally obligated” to do what they can in their daily lives to reduce emissions. “When climate change is viewed through a moral lens it has broader appeal,” said Eric Sapp, executive director of the American Values Network, a grassroots organization that mobilizes faith-based communities on politics and policy issues.

Comment: Is renewable energy part of the ‘all of the above’ strategy?

Source: By former Rep. Mary Bono (R-Calif.), contributor, The Hill • Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

In the Midwest, the support for renewable fuels is clearly bipartisan. Gov. Terry Brandstad (R) of Iowa is one of their most vocal champions. As far as solar power is concerned, the industry’s support is from coast to coast, including Govs. Pat McCrory (R-N.C.) and Brian Sandoval (R-Nev.) and former Gov. Jan Brewer (R-Ariz.). Plus, wind power farms can be found in 39 states and that only happens when political support exists amongst mayors, city councils, state legislatures and governors

Dems stop Colorado renewable-energy rollback

Source: By Peter Marcus, Herald Denver Bureau • Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Colorado Democrats controlling a House of Representatives committee on Monday killed a Republican attempt to roll back rural renewable-energy standards. The measure made it through the Republican-controlled Senate last month but faced an uphill climb in the House, where Democrats on the State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee ended the effort by a 6-5 party-line vote.

Scott Walker wants to end funding for renewable energy program

Source: By Thomas Content and Lee Bergquist, Milwuakee Journal Sentinel • Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

In an about-face from his first term, Gov. Scott Walker wants to eliminate funding for a University of Wisconsin-Madison renewable energy research center that has played a key role in helping land one of its biggest government grants ever. In his budget, Walker is proposing to eliminate $8.1 million over two years — a total of 35 positions — from a bioenergy program. The reductions are separate from his proposal to cut $300 million from the University of Wisconsin System over the next two years.

Rhode Island project may become nation’s first offshore wind farm

Source: By Jack Newsham, BOSTON GLOBE CORRESPONDENT • Posted: Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

While problems have mounted for Cape Wind’s 130-turbine installation, a smaller developer may steal its thunder. Deepwater Wind, a Providence-based renewable energy developer, said Monday that its Block Island wind farm project was fully financed. The $250 million, five-turbine project is on track to put “steel in the water” in Rhode Island state waters later this summer, the company said, and begin generating 30 megawatts of power in 2016.

Midwest law center can compromise but doesn’t fear a fight 

Source: Jeremy P. Jacobs, E&E reporter • Posted: Monday, March 2nd, 2015

ELPC is among a few regional environmental law centers that operate in the gap between national Goliaths like the Natural Resources Defense Council and small grass-roots organizations. The center takes on major litigation — fighting lawsuits brought by former Chesapeake Energy Corp. CEO Aubrey McClendon, arguing for solar and wind energy in state Supreme Courts, and battling Great Lakes pollution.