August 8 News: Senate Committee Votes To Renew Wind Tax Credit Through 2013

The Senate Finance Committee voted to renew a tax credit for wind power that is set to expire at the end of this year, with several Republicans joining Democrats to support extending the credit for one more year at a cost of $3.3 billion. [New York Times]

The provision, which will apply to projects under construction by the end of 2013, was included in a $200 billion package of popular tax breaks that the committee passed on a bipartisan 19-5 vote. The bill is expected to go to the Senate floor when Congress returns from summer recess, although it is unclear if the House will take up similar legislation.

The wind industry considers the subsidy, called the production tax credit, to be vital as it tries to make wind power more competitive with electricity generated from fossil fuels like coal and natural gas. Wind farms can generally choose to receive a continuing credit of 2.2 cents per kilowatt-hour of electricity produced or receive a one-time payment equivalent to 30 percent of the cost of developing a project.

Even as the drought worsened in the Midwest and Great Plains, Congress proved unable to provide relief for farmers and ranchers before leaving for a month of campaigning. [Los Angeles Times]

In yet another display of the inexorable interdependence of Earth’s ecosystems, a bad summer for Midwestern farmland has turned out to be a good one for life in the Gulf of Mexico. [New York Times]

The high temperature in Oklahoma City topped out at 112°F for the second straight day, extending the streak of consecutive 100°F days to 16. [Climate Central]

Ohio Gov. John Kasich’s claim that a single energy company could recover $1 trillion worth of oil and gas from the state’s shale is an exorbitant overestimate, according to experts interviewed by The Associated Press. [AP]

A two-day meeting hosted the by US of 17 countries opposed to the EU’s emissions trading system (ETS) has ended without a joint declaration. [Guardian]

India’s paralyzing power outages this week have focused attention on this year’s weak monsoon season, as below-normal water levels in some hydroelectric dams mean both less electricity to go around and farmers pumping more water instead of depending on rain. [Wall Street Journal]

A staff report just released on Solyndra doesn’t appear to back up some of the more lurid accusations that Republicans have made about the Solyndra affair in campaign ads, including Mitt Romney’s claims that money for Solyndra went to “campaign contributors” or “friends and family. [Politico]

The Navy’s plans to power warships with biofuels may not be out of gas quite yet. On Tuesday, the Senate defense appropriations subcommittee voted to continue funding the alternative energy program, keeping alive the Navy’s push for an ambitious “Great Green Fleet,” propelled by renewable fuels. [Wired]

29 Responses to August 8 News: Senate Committee Votes To Renew Wind Tax Credit Through 2013

  1. ColoradoBob says:

    Typo in the headline.

  2. Zimzone says:

    Harnessing the wind coming out of D.C. could power an entire State for a whole year.

  3. prokaryotes says:

    So far Germany deployed this year more solar than last year combined.

  4. prokaryotes says:

    Yes, Fish Get Skin Cancer, Too

    The researchers blame the disease on a couple of factors. The Great Barrier Reef lies directly below the largest hole in the ozone layer, which means the region receives significantly more UV radiation than other place on Earth.

  5. prokaryotes says:

    Germany Overrun by Hordes of Masked Omnivores

    Germany is being invaded by what is estimated to be over a million raccoons. Worried residents have been driven to take extreme measures to deter or eradicate the furry pests, but experts fear the nocturnal marauders are here to stay.

  6. prokaryotes says:

    German transport minister still believes, the country will deploy 1 million EV’s within the next 8 year’s. Currently assessing tax reduction options, no parking fee’s and to let Ev owner drive on Bus tracks.

    So far this year in germany there are 1800 new electric vehicle’s deployed, which mostly have been bought by government entities.

  7. Mark Shapiro says:

    Our own Gail Zawacki took part in a peaceful protest of MTR coal mining in WV, reported by Dave Roberts in Grist:

    Eye opening, insightful (especially the relationship of the counter-demonstrators to coal.)

    Note that ordinary First Amendment rights are not always granted to people . . .

  8. prokaryotes says:

    Ernesto hit the Windward Islands; 128.5°F in Kuwait

    Kuwait hits 53.6°C (128.5°F): 2nd hottest temperature in Asian history
    An extraordinary high temperature of 53.6°C (128.5°F) was recorded in Sulaibya, Kuwait on July 31, the hottest temperature in Kuwait’s history, and the 2nd hottest temperature ever measured in Asia.

    What could possibly go wrong with releasing more Co2 into the atmosphere?

  9. prokaryotes says:

    Extreme heat in Oklahoma
    The most intense and widespread heat wave in Oklahoma since August, 1936 brought more than half of the state temperatures of 110° or higher for the second consecutive day on Thursday. The temperature at the Oklahoma City airport hit 112°, for the 2nd day in a row. These are the city’s 2nd highest temperatures since record keeping began in 1890. The only hotter day was August 11, 1936, when the temperature hit 113°. Thursday’s temperatures in Oklahoma were generally a degree or two cooler than Wednesday’s, with the hottest temperature reported a 116° reading from a location just south of Tulsa International Airport. The highest reading Thursday at any major airport was a 114° temperature at Tulsa Jones Airport. Oklahoma’s all-time state record is 120°, set in Tipton on June 27, 1994, and at three locations in 1936. Freedom, in the northwest part of the state, hit 121° on Wednesday, but this reading will need to be reviewed to see if the sensor was properly sited.

  10. prokaryotes says:

    The looting and ‘cooking’ of Nigeria’s crude

    Thieves puncture pipelines with farm tools, siphon oil into boats, and take it to risky makeshift refineries

  11. prokaryotes says:

    Did the US cause Fallujah’s birth defects?
    As deformities spike in the Iraqi city, we ask if the US has been honest about weaponry used during the 2004 assaults.

    Research has shown elevated levels of radioactivity in Fallujah and across Iraq.

  12. prokaryotes says:

    Does the ammunition delivered today to the Syrian forces contain uranium too?

  13. prokaryotes says:

    Eventually all the Uranium particles are picked up by the Dust storms…

  14. prokaryotes says:

    2 West Nile deaths reported in La.

    The health department also said Friday that the number of overall West Nile infections in the state rose this week by 21 for a total of 53. “We know from the past 10 years of surveillance that this disease has reached every corner of the state, meaning people are at risk for West Nile regardless of whether there are cases and deaths in your parish,”

  15. prokaryotes says:

    New Swine Flu Outbreak Worries CDC
    12 Infected by Pigs in Last Week; No Ongoing Human Spread So Far

    Aug. 3, 2012 — With 16 new human cases in the last three weeks — 12 in the last week alone — an outbreak of a variant strain of swine flu is giving CDC officials the jitters.

    What worries officials is that the new flu, officially called variant type A H3N2 or H3N2v, carries the M gene from the human H1N1 pandemic flu bug. This gene makes it easier for flu bugs to infect humans and spread among them.

    The first human case was detected in July 2011. Since then there have been 29 reported cases, although more cases likely have gone unreported.

    “Since the fall of 2011 there has been a big increase in these types of infections,” Joseph Bresee, MD, of the CDC’s Influenza Division, said at a news conference held to announce the new cases. “All 29 cases have had H3N2v with the M gene of pandemic H1N1. This may confer increased transmissibility to and among humans.”

  16. prokaryotes says:


    Using WiFi to see through walls. British engineers from University College London have developed a passive radar system that can see through walls using the WiFi signals generated by wireless routers and access points.

  17. prokaryotes says:

    Climate Change Opinion Shifts With The Weather

    A heat wave is not proof of global warming, but it does seem to help convince people that global warming is real, survey data indicates.

    On the flip side, surveys show cool temperatures can make Americans less convinced there is “solid evidence” the planet is heating up.

  18. prokaryotes says:

    Conversion of climate change skeptic not likely to sway GOP,0,5819816.story

    Has a spot on Horsey cartoon.

  19. prokaryotes says:

    West Nile Fears Prompt Cities, Private Companies To Step Up Pesticide Attacks On Mosquitoes

  20. prokaryotes says:

    The New Climate Dice
    Public Perception of Climate Change: the New Climate Dice

    A paper Perception of Climate Change will be published next week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and is available to reporters via PNAS; stories are embargoed until 3 PM Monday 6 August. This is a paper submitted earlier this year under the title “Public Perception of Climate Change: The New Climate Dice”. We were not allowed to keep Climate Dice in the title.

    A “popular science” write-up on the paper is available on the GISS web site and some unpolished Q&A on the paper is also available.

    Jim Hansen

  21. Paul Magnus says:

    Were addicted and were toast….

    Ageing UK North Sea boosted by tax break, oil price

    (Reuters) – Britain’s North Sea oil and gas industry, long in decline, is enjoying a rise in deals, drilling and job vacancies because of a tax break that combined with high oil prices may arrest the UK’s falling production for a few years.
    Chinese companies last week announced plans to spend billions on building a base in the British sector of the North Sea. A survey earlier this month pointed to rising levels of drilling and there has rarely been a better time to be looking for a job in the industry.

  22. Paul Magnus says:

    Germans are full speed ahead on renewables because the take advice from their homeland security seriously…. they generated a report saying that oil peaked around 2005 and things are going to escalate. So they are doing something about it…

  23. Mulga Mumblebrain says:

    Fore or aft? And beware the methane.