ACEEE Statement: Proposed FY18 Budget Would Kill Jobs by Targeting Energy Efficiency Programs

Statement by Steven Nadel, ACEEE (The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ) Executive Director

For all the talk about increasing US jobs, the president’s budget takes a meat cleaver to the largest job creator in the energy sector: energy efficiency. It seeks crippling cuts to federal programs that transform waste into wealth and help support 2.2 million energy efficiency jobs.
The budget proposes to eliminate the popular ENERGY STAR® program that saves consumers money and slash others at the Environmental Protection Agency that cut fuel costs for cars and trucks. It seeks to end all federal funds for home weatherization and impose a cut of approximately 70% to the energy efficiency programs at the Department of Energy. These programs lower energy bills for households, businesses, and the federal government itself, all while creating domestic jobs.
We call on Congress to reject these draconian cuts and continue its bipartisan support for energy efficiency.

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May 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • DTE Energy plans to build an additional 6 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2050 in Michigan, on top of the 1 GW it has built since 2009. The company also plans to invest in grid modernization as part of plans to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 80% by 2050. DTE’s chairman said the utility’s transformation is already underway. [reNews]
Wind turbine above a corn field (Image: Pixabay)

Wind turbines above a corn field (Image: Pixabay)

  • “Congress vs. Trump: Are the President’s Anti-Science Budget Priorities Headed for Another Defeat?” • The president is expected to release his full fiscal year 2018 budget this week, without any surprises. It will likely track the earlier “skinny budget” pretty closely, which means it’s going nowhere in Congress. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • “India-China climate hope” • India’s and China’s pledged actions to curb their greenhouse gas emissions are likely to overcompensate by 2030 the impacts of US President Donald Trump’s policies that appear set to flatten America’s emissions, according to European researchers at the Climate Action Tracker. [Calcutta Telegraph]
  • A report published by Navigant Research, World Wind Energy Market Update 2017, revealed that Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas again led the way in 2016 for total wind turbine installations, in a year that saw a total of over 54 GW of new wind installed worldwide. Cumulative global wind power capacity now sits at 486.831 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • Global production of the four most important staple crops in the world – maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans – will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research published in the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 23 Green Energy News posted first on Green Energy Times

May 23 Green Energy News

Headline News:

  • DTE Energy plans to build an additional 6 GW of renewable energy capacity by 2050 in Michigan, on top of the 1 GW it has built since 2009. The company also plans to invest in grid modernization as part of plans to cut its carbon dioxide emissions 80% by 2050. DTE’s chairman said the utility’s transformation is already underway. [reNews]
Wind turbine above a corn field (Image: Pixabay)

Wind turbines above a corn field (Image: Pixabay)

  • “Congress vs. Trump: Are the President’s Anti-Science Budget Priorities Headed for Another Defeat?” • The president is expected to release his full fiscal year 2018 budget this week, without any surprises. It will likely track the earlier “skinny budget” pretty closely, which means it’s going nowhere in Congress. [Union of Concerned Scientists]
  • “India-China climate hope” • India’s and China’s pledged actions to curb their greenhouse gas emissions are likely to overcompensate by 2030 the impacts of US President Donald Trump’s policies that appear set to flatten America’s emissions, according to European researchers at the Climate Action Tracker. [Calcutta Telegraph]
  • A report published by Navigant Research, World Wind Energy Market Update 2017, revealed that Danish wind turbine manufacturer Vestas again led the way in 2016 for total wind turbine installations, in a year that saw a total of over 54 GW of new wind installed worldwide. Cumulative global wind power capacity now sits at 486.831 GW. [CleanTechnica]
  • Global production of the four most important staple crops in the world – maize/corn, wheat, rice, and soybeans – will be reduced by around 23% by the 2050s as a result of worsening anthropogenic climate change, according to new research published in the journal Economics of Disasters and Climate Change. [CleanTechnica]

For more news, please visit geoharvey – Daily News about Energy and Climate Change.

May 23 Green Energy News posted first on Green Energy Times

GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING PRESENTATION – East Greenbush, NY

There will be a presentation about Geothermal Energy for homes, businesses and municipalities on Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church at 1 Gilligan Road East Greenbush, NY. The event and parking are free and light refreshments will be available.

In the Northeast, most of us spend most of our fossil fuel money heating and cooling our homes. If we’re building a new home we can use passive solar designs and insulate our houses well.  If we’re working with existing homes we should first insulate our homes as best as we can. At the moment, the most practical way of heating our homes is through geothermal energy. We can use the constant temperature of the soil under us, which is at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, to help us heat our homes. Mr. Ciovacco of Aztech Geothermal will explain what geothermal energy is, and how it can be used to heat and indeed, cool buildings. He will also talk about the costs and benefits of switching to geothermal energy as a heating and cooling source.

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GEOTHERMAL HEATING AND COOLING PRESENTATION – East Greenbush, NY

There will be a presentation about Geothermal Energy for homes, businesses and municipalities on Wednesday, June 7th, 6:30 pm at First United Methodist Church at 1 Gilligan Road East Greenbush, NY. The event and parking are free and light refreshments will be available.

In the Northeast, most of us spend most of our fossil fuel money heating and cooling our homes. If we’re building a new home we can use passive solar designs and insulate our houses well.  If we’re working with existing homes we should first insulate our homes as best as we can. At the moment, the most practical way of heating our homes is through geothermal energy. We can use the constant temperature of the soil under us, which is at about 50 degrees Fahrenheit, to help us heat our homes. Mr. Ciovacco of Aztech Geothermal will explain what geothermal energy is, and how it can be used to heat and indeed, cool buildings. He will also talk about the costs and benefits of switching to geothermal energy as a heating and cooling source.

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Offshore Oil Well Leaked for Months, Public Kept in Dark for a Year

THIS COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE THAT THERE IS OFFSHORE OIL

Australia’s oil regulator is refusing to disclose the location and the company behind a 10,500 liter leak of petroleum into the ocean last year.

An Australian offshore oil and gas well leaked continuously into surrounding waters for two months in 2016 but information about the discharge was only released this week in the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority’s (NOPSEMA) annual offshore performance report.

According to The Guardian, the report provided scant details about the spill, which was only found after a routine inspection. After the publication asked about the spill, NOPSEMA divulged that the leak went on for two months at a rate of about 175 liters a day.

A NOPSEMA spokesman explained that the leak was caused by seal degradation but refused to reveal the exact location of the spill, just that it happened in the North West Shelf—an extensive oil and gas region off the coast of Western Australia.

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Offshore Oil Well Leaked for Months, Public Kept in Dark for a Year

THIS COULD HAPPEN ANYWHERE THAT THERE IS OFFSHORE OIL

Australia’s oil regulator is refusing to disclose the location and the company behind a 10,500 liter leak of petroleum into the ocean last year.

An Australian offshore oil and gas well leaked continuously into surrounding waters for two months in 2016 but information about the discharge was only released this week in the National Offshore Petroleum Safety and Environmental Management Authority’s (NOPSEMA) annual offshore performance report.

According to The Guardian, the report provided scant details about the spill, which was only found after a routine inspection. After the publication asked about the spill, NOPSEMA divulged that the leak went on for two months at a rate of about 175 liters a day.

A NOPSEMA spokesman explained that the leak was caused by seal degradation but refused to reveal the exact location of the spill, just that it happened in the North West Shelf—an extensive oil and gas region off the coast of Western Australia.

Click here to read the entire article.

 


 

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