Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Political Special - Clean Energy and Recent Politics

For those of us in the United States today is the day when the majority of US citizens who are going to vote will do so. A number of federal issues and the general direction of the country will be somewhat decided today. Of course one of those issues will be alternative energy and here are a few news articles for you this AM.

Election outcome may determine future of clean energy industry - San Antonio Business Journal
The fate of clean energy jobs around the nation may hinge on the outcome of the election. President Barack Obama has been a champion of renewable energy sources such as wind and solar power and has supported programs that provide tax credits to companies investing in “green energy.” Republican nominee Mitt Romney, however, has called Obama’s support of such programs a disaster[...]

Green Jobs Depend on Obama Win As Fiscal Cliff Approaches - Bloomberg
Four years ago Obama pledged to make the U.S. less reliant on fossil fuels and create 5 million green jobs in 10 years. So far, job creation has been far more modest than Obama projected, and bankruptcies at government-supported companies, including solar-panel maker Solyndra LLC, which received a $535 million loan guarantee, have generated a political backlash.

Bill in Congress could increase energy competitiveness | Midwest Energy News
With the potential for renewable investment high in the Great Lakes region, companies may use the business structure to attract more funding, said Nick Hylla, director of the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, an outreach group based in Wisconsin.
“Where policy and financial innovation have been set in place at the state level, we’ve seen investors take advantage,” he said.

Climate policy advances in the states, but slowly - The Washington Post
But the push to expand renewable energy, which would reduce greenhouse-gas emissions by producing electricity without burning fossil fuels, does continue on the state level. And California is pressing ahead — without the six states that initially planned to join it — with a trading system that will allow the state’s major carbon emitters to buy and sell pollution allowances.

 Obama-Romney: Where They Stand on Energy- U.S. Election 2012 - CNBC
There hasn't been all that much talk this election year about U.S. energy policies and the environment. But there are some major differences between the two presidential candidates.

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