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The Other Opponents of Wind Energy

By Roy L Hales

Yesterday, Ohio’s Governor, John Kasich signed Senate Bill 310, freezing Ohio’s renewable energy and energy efficiency standards for two years. The Ohio State House previously passed SB 310 by a 53-38 vote. This  prompted the usual round of conspiracy theories about ALEC and the Koch brothers. It is really time to look at the other opponents of wind energy.
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Oil Spills As Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

The ECOreport publishes news that US State Department Identified Oil Spills as Keystone XL’s Principal Threat to Environment

By Roy L Hales

The US State Department environmental assessment identified oil spills as the Keystone XL’s  principal threat to environment. The report relies upon a  Canadian Government study for its analysis of environmental impacts North of the border. The US segment of the pipeline is expected to have CO2 emissions – from “fuel use in construction vehicles and equipment, as well as, land clearing activities including open burning, and indirectly from electricity usage” – that will be the equivalent of 300,000 cars. “Climate changes are anticipated to occur regardless of any potential effects from the proposed Project,”  the report states, but it also showed there is a substantial risk of a major oil spill. There were 1,692 pipeline “incidents” in the US during the six month period they studied. (1,027 of these were from the equipment used on pipelines and 321 were directly connected to pipelines.) There have been mixed reactions to this report.
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February 3: The Threat to Colorado’s Rooftop Solar

By Roy L Hales

The relationship between Colorado’s rooftop solar industry and the state’s principal investor owned utility, Xcel, seemed good in 2012. Xcel had reason to be proud of the solar topped schools, homes and libraries that it had partnered with local installers on build. The utility’s annual reports mention being able to provide more electricity with a smaller carbon footprint.
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Fake Controversies In Arizona’s Net Metering War?

By Roy L Hales

The most recent skirmish in America’s Net metering war may involve “fake controversies” manufactured by Arizona Public Service (APS). A couple of articles published on azcentral.com yesterday revealed that in 2009 two employees of the Lincoln Strategy Group approached Arizona Public Service Co (APS), the state’s utilities company, with the idea of using false information to further the election of more favorable regulators or “influence legislators to add additional seats on the commission.”
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