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43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction

43k Jobs from Wind and Solar Energy in NM Push Forward, Despite Best Efforts of GOP Obstruction
The SunZia Transmission Line project, which will help generate wind and solar energy for western states, will move forward after negotiations and compromise from high ranking officials. Hurdles remain — such as an environmental impact analysis — but the project could be in service as early as 2018. The news is welcome for workers. A new study predicts the project will create a total of 43,000 construction jobs.
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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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Solar Boosters and Xcel Energy Battle Over Net Metering and Future of Renewable Energy

Solar Boosters and Xcel Energy Battle Over Net Metering and Future of Renewable Energy
Bolstered by roughly 245 sunny days per year and a stringent voter-approved renewable energy standard, Colorado’s solar industry has grown 20-fold in the last half decade. And a coalition of 280 businesses and organizations and 11,000 individuals are now petitioning Governor John Hickenlooper to keep the momentum going, asking him to help push their “3,000 solar megawatts by 2030” goal.
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International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage

International Coal Summit's Glorious Pipe Dream of Carbon Capture and Storage
A new study released today at the UN climate conference underway in Warsaw, Poland, finds that new coal plants cannot be built if we are to keep global warming below the 2° Celsius threshold. That is, unless the coal industry can deploy commercial-scale carbon capture and storage. That is, in and of itself, a near impossibility.
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Kentucky Lawmakers Fight Against No One to Keep Coal Dirty

Kentucky Lawmakers Fight Against No One to Keep Coal Dirty
Even the coal industry itself has conceded that there is no “war on coal,” but lawmakers in the coal-dependent state of Kentucky are still fighting this imaginary battle. A bi-partisan group of lawmakers sent a letter to the president last week, warning him that his “war on coal” would be devastating to their state. A state already devastated by the effects of the coal industry.
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Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share

Renewable Interest: Green Energy Sources Gaining Market Share
Despite increased corporate energy usage, state-level attacks from ALEC, and continued fossil fuel subsidization, there is some good news on the renewable energy front. Its market share is way up — expected to be as high as 25 percent by 2018 — and consumer consumption is way down.
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World Wide Renewable Energy Capacity Now Equivalent to 1,500 Nuclear Reactors

World Wide Renewable Energy Capacity Now Equivalent to 1,500 Nuclear Reactors
Global energy-generating capacity from renewable sources rose by 115 gigawatts in 2012, compared with 105 gigawatts the previous year, which is great news for both consumers and the environment. The bad news for American workers? China is leading the way.
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Revamping the Refinery Industry to Prevent Further Chevron Catastrophes

Revamping the Refinery Industry to Prevent Further Chevron Catastrophes
Something smells when an agency purposefully cripples its own enforcement abilities. One good example is the Department of Toxic Substances Control. The DTSC exists to protect communities like Richmond from toxic harm. And for years, it's done a very poor job of it.
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