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Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan

Recap: A Good Week for Solar In Michigan
Three stories about advances and milestones in solar-generated electricity in Michigan made the newspapers this past week. The most recent is also the one that I'm featuring first, as The Ann Arbor News via MLive reported Michigan's largest solar panel array now up and running near Ann Arbor.
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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
by Walter Brasch
 
For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it.
According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in support from March 2013, and a 9 percent increase in opposition.
The poll also reveals those who support fracking tend
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Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska

Catch the Wind: Helium-Filled Turbine to Float 1,000 Feet Above Alaska
Ridgeline wind continues to be controversial, and offshore wind comes with its own set of on-site issues, including a much higher installation cost. However, if America is ever going to replace fossil fuels with clean alternatives, wind has to be part of the mix. Some innovative designers and engineers have come up with a solution worthy of Jules Verne: floating turbines.
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Run Like the Wind: Clean Tech is Canada's Fastest Growing Industry

Run Like the Wind: Clean Tech is Canada's Fastest Growing Industry
A Canadian consulting firm has found that the country's fastest growing industry isn't fossil fuel extraction or export, but clean technology, like wind and solar energy companies.
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Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan

Koch Brothers-Funded Group Issues 'Study,' Gets it Wildly Wrong on EPA's Clean Power Plan
Not that we should expect any better from a group funded by the Koch brothers and other fossil fuel interests, but the bizarre "60 Plus Association" has really outdone itself on this one. The group is crying wolf on an EPA study showing that electricity prices will rise under the new regulations by 2020, but ignoring the fact that the actual cost to consumers will dip by as much as 8.7 percent.
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By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives

By Local: Compromise Struck in CO Fracking Debate Aimed at Heading Off Ballot Initiatives
After months of thorny, stop-and-start negotiations that in recent weeks seemed doomed to fail, Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper announced today that he had succeeded in wringing a truce out of dueling big-money backers of ballot initiative proposals concerning local control over oil and gas development in the state.
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Bill, Baby, Bill: Gas and Oil Production Nears All-Time High, but Gas Prices Do Too

Bill, Baby, Bill: Gas and Oil Production Nears All-Time High, but Gas Prices Do Too
Back in the summer of 2008, incurable Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich pushed the slogan "drill here, drill now, pay less," claiming that making the U.S. more oil-independent would be a solution to high gas prices. Democrats, worried voters would reject the reality there's nothing we can do to lower market-set gas prices and absolutely terrified of saying no to Big Oil, embraced the slogan. Later, President Barack Obama implemented it as our national policy. Six years later, how's drill-baby-drill working out for you?
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House Debates Looser Gas Export Restrictions, Residents Wonder About Asthma and Lung Cancer

House Debates Looser Gas Export Restrictions, Residents Wonder About Asthma and Lung Cancer
Dominion Resources' proposal to build a liquefied natural gas export facility is dividing residents of the quiet town of Lusby on the Chesapeake Bay. Some residents are worried about increased air pollution, but others are all for the jobs and tax dollars it could bring in. On Wednesday, the House votes on GOP legislation aimed at expediting federal approval for projects like Dominion's, which Republicans argue will help U.S. allies. It faces a tougher battle in the Senate.
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Frederic J. Frommer
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Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto

Off His Hickenlooper: Conservation Groups Attack CO Gov for Water Bill Veto
Governor John Hickenlooper is drawing backlash for vetoing a bill that conservationists say would have prompted farmers to update their irrigation systems and kept more water in Colorado’s Western Slope streams without asking anyone to forfeit water rights. Hickenlooper said that the final version of the bill, SB 23, lacked sufficient support from agricultural and water groups. Conservationists say Hickenlooper’s veto amounts to a “failure to lead.”
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Despite Huge Spike in Utility Costs SC's Economy Soaring, Claims Gov Who Surely Opposes New EPA Regulations

Despite Huge Spike in Utility Costs SC's Economy Soaring, Claims Gov Who Surely Opposes New EPA Regulations
While the U.S. Chamber, utilities, elected officials and other business organizations argue that these new rules will drive up the cost of energy thus hurting consumers and the economy, South Carolina is the perfect case study to dispel these fears. Despite a dramatic spike in the cost to consumers in order to build a pair of nuclear power plants, the state's economy is booming — at least according to Gov Nikki Haley's re-election campaign.
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