Western Governors Unite Behind Bipartisan Energy Vision

The Western Governors’ Association recently unveiled its “10-Year Energy Vision,” a policy paper that calls for Western states to take a lead in shoring up the nation’s energy security while balancing production with environmental and wildlife protections, reports Jennifer Yachnin at EnergyWire.  The 19 governors reached consensus despite “the diversity of thought” and resources in each state.  But those differences do still exist. While Republican Wyoming Governor Matt Mead wanted more information on coal’s future, Republican  Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval bragged that his state is shifting away from coal-based electricity. While such disagreements suggest potential challenges as individual governors seek to apply the joint policy proposals to their own states, there are nonetheless, hopes that the plan could form the basis for a national energy policy. The report outlines six goals, including achieving North American energy security; providing a variety of energy sources, from renewable, nontraditional and traditional sources; increasing energy efficiency from electricity and natural gas; improving infrastructure; protecting wildlife and the environment, including the reduction of greenhouse gases; and making Western states leaders in energy education and innovation.

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In the shadow of Obama’s climate plan, governors lay out their own energy ‘vision.’ The Western Governors’ Association unveiled its “10-Year Energy Vision,” a policy paper that calls for U.S. Western states to take a lead in shoring up the nation’s energy security while balancing production with environmental and wildlife protections. EnergyWire http://www.eenews.net/stories/1059983719

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Governors agree to disagree on climate, focus on future energy strategies. Western governors meeting Sunday touted their new “10-year Energy Vision” as a bipartisan solution. But the future of energy in the West – and talk about the role fossil fuels play in climate change – is splitting along partisan lines. Salt Lake Tribune

 

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Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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