NewEnergyNews: QUICK NEWS, December 11: N.C. Millennial Women Unite For Climate Fight; The White House Threat To New Energy; What’s Bad News In The Tax Bill For New Energy


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    Monday, December 11, 2017

    QUICK NEWS, December 11: N.C. Millennial Women Unite For Climate Fight; The White House Threat To New Energy; What’s Bad News In The Tax Bill For New Energy

    N.C. Millennial Women Unite For Climate Fight Bringing women together to fight climate change; In Asheville, the Collider is changing the climate conversation — by including female voices

    Lauryn Higgins, December 10. 2017 (Salon)

    “…While the discussion surrounding climate change has come a long way…[there is still a] lack of women at the table…[The Collider, a North Carolina science and business innovation advocacy group, is working to change that because it sees women as] not only a necessity to providing climate change solutions in the field of science, but in every field…[A recent study showed] that educating women…[is a powerful way to avoid emissions and by slowing] population growth…[because women with more years of education have fewer and healthier children, and actively manage their reproductive health…[The Collider’s leaders say that as women come into climate science leadership roles it is] changing the course for what is to come…” click here for more

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    The White House Threat To New Energy Solar and Wind Power Face Serious Threats From the Trump Administration

    Justin Worland, December 8, 2017 (Time)

    “…[C]lean energy developers face a slew of unanticipated threats from the White House and Republicans in Congress that could slow the industry’s growth in ways unimaginable just a year ago…[E]nergy analysts were skeptical of his promise to [use regulatory rollbacks to] reverse the market forces driving the decline in coal…But the administration has not stopped at mere deregulation. From the threat of a subsidy for coal-fired power plants to a tax bill that hurts the financing of clean-energy projects, Republicans in Washington have launched a campaign against renewable energy that includes market interventions that alarm other industries, including oil and gas…[A]dvocates of transitioning from fossil fuels are pushing back…[but] the changed mood in Washington threatens to undermine the confidence of companies planning to invest in renewables…[T]he Trump Administration may impose tariffs on solar panels imported from China…[That could] send the price of solar panels spiking and drive down new installations…A tariff would hurt the key Trump constituency of blue-collar workers and the proposal has faced opposition from conservative groups like The Heritage Foundation…Perhaps the most dramatic threat to renewable energy—and also the most unlikely to succeed—comes in the form of a proposed Department of Energy rule to [protect grid reliability by subsidizing] coal-fired and nuclear power plants…That argument has been widely panned, including by the Department’s own research. But the [Trump-appointed Federal Energy Regulatory Commission] has final say…” click here for more

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    What’s Bad News In The Tax Bill For New Energy Another Victim Of The GOP Tax Bill? The Environment

    Frederick Hewitt, December 11, 2017 (WBUR)

    “…Most economists agree that the steep reductions in corporate tax rates [in the Republican tax plan] won’t stimulate nearly enough revenue to avoid bloating the deficit…To the list of economic sectors that will feel the hurt, add renewable energy…The House and Senate versions of the bill differ in their approaches to the wind and solar industries, but both are bad news for clean energy…[The Senate version jeopardizes] the financing of numerous clean energy projects under construction and [discourages] future clean energy investments…Wind projects have historically been financed using [the federal tax incentives]…With the proposed changes in the tax code, the tax credits for wind would be less valuable to potential investors because corporate tax rates would be lower and the credits would expire sooner…[The House version eliminates] the $7,500 tax credit for consumers who purchase electric vehicles…Its loss could be a serious blow to sales…[Both bills give big breaks to the oil and gas industry by opening new drilling opportunities and are] consistent with the pro-fossil-fuel positions that Trump and his party have been pushing…” click here for more

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