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Keystone XL: First Big Test of President’s Climate Change Action Plan

The proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport liquefied bitumen from massive tar sands deposits in Alberta south through Midwest US watersheds and agricultural areas and on down to the Gulf of Mexico would significantly boost the carbon emissions that fuel climate change and thus fails to meet the criteria set out in President Obama’s recently announced National Climate Change Action Plan, according to …

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President Turns Up the Heat On US Carbon Pollution, Revealing Details of National Climate Change Action Plan

President Obama once again raised the bitterly, politically divise issues of US fossil fuel use, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change to the forefront of the national political agenda today, revealing new aspects of his administration’s national climate change action plan during a speech given at Georgetown University. The president characterized US efforts “to lead the global fight against carbon pollution as a moral …

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National Wind Power Report Details Economic, Social, Environmental Benefits in US States

A national report calls on Congress to extend the production tax credit to allow wind energy continued growth and benefit for the economy and the environment

With a December 31 deadline looming, Congress remains sharply divided over extending the federal wind power production tax credit (PTC), which grants wind power producers a tax credit of 2.2 cents/kilowatt-hour (kWh), and the federal wind power investment tax credit (ITC). The US wind energy market and industry has been one of the few bright spots in an economy whose recovery from the depths …

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Carbon Tax: How to Deal with a Sagging Economy, Tax Reform, and Climate Change in One Fell Swoop

Populist rhetoric to the contrary notwithstanding, enactment of one single piece of legislation could do wonders for righting the accumulated ills of recent decades: passage and enactment of a carbon tax.

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Interior Moves Wyoming Wind Power, Atlantic Offshore Wind Energy Forward

Marking historic milestones in US renewable energy development, Interior Secretary Salazar announced the completion of environmental assessments for what could be the largest wind farm in the US, as well as promising Wind Energy Areas off the Atlantic coast.

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