Fiscal Cliff Deal & Wind Energy
I posted highlights from the fiscal cliff deal earlier this month. The law extended several tax credits and program supporting energy, including wind energy. Here are links to some additional information on wind energy in the fiscal cliff deal.
Wind Production Tax Credit Extended in Fiscal Cliff Deal (Seigel, R. P., Triple Pundit, Jan 3, 2012)
Senator Viewed Low Mississippi River
Reuter reported that Sen. Dick Durbin (IL) toured the Mississippi River near Thebes, IL, to view efforts to remove rocks and keep the drought-strained river open to barges.
IW has been following the impacts of the drought on the Mississippi River:
Southwest United States May Be Dryer in Future
Researchers from Columbia University predict a 10 percent decrease in rainfall in areas of the southwest United States. This would lead to a corresponding reduction of flow in the already critical Colorado River, which may news recently because of the recent release of a federal plan for the river. Find out a little more in this Los Angeles Times article by Bettina Boxall (here→).
Speculation on Next EPA Administrator
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa Jackson announced her plans to resign. Speculation has begun on who may replace her. I don’t know if odds-makers are taking bets. Here are some links that may help you handicap the race.
E.P.A. Chief Set to Leave; Term Fell Shy of Early Hope (Broder, J. M., New York Times, Dec. 27, 2012)
Gregoire Emerges as Top Contender to Boss EPA (Connelly, J., Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Jan. 4, 2012)