Colorado wind, Heartland brouhaha, and wandering wolves

Three Fellow stories today: From Kirk Siegler with KUNC, Colorado Public Radio:

Colorado wind industry bracing for job cuts

Colorado’s wind industry says thousands of jobs are on the line unless Congress approves an extension to a popular wind energy production tax credit that expires at year’s end.

That credit that gives companies a tax break on the energy they generate has helped wind become more cost-competitive with other energy sources.  It’s also led to a hiring boom in recent years in states like Colorado.

But due to the uncertainty over its extension, many companies here are already bracing for big drops in business, and in some cases, big layoffs. 

This is largely due to a trickle-down effect as a result of some of the warning signals already being sent by some large wind developers... Read and hear more, or listen here.

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James Bruggers with Watchdog Earth at the Courier-Journal in Kentucky weighs in on the scandal dubbed"Heartlandgate" or "denialgate":

Documents claim to show how business-backed group spreads its skepticism

From so-called “climategate” to “Heartlandgate” or “denialgate?” Is what’s good for the goose now good for the gander?

Those who are fighting against any taking action against global warming celebrated when emails from climate scientists were hacked into and stolen a while back, showing some of the scientists and their communications in a poor light. While there were and still are political efforts to discredit all of climate change science based on those “climategate” emails, official inquiries have essentially debunked skeptics allegations — yet damage lingers.

Now one of the leading skeptic organizations — Heartland Institute — is facing a similar embarrassment and the apparent disclosure of its corporate funders... Read more.

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Rocky Barker at the Idaho Statesman speaks with a reporter at KCRW in an interview about the fate of Oregon's wolves when they wander out-of-state.

KCRW: Hunting wolves and the political divide

A wolf cub tagged OR-7 in the state of Oregon grew up and found his way to California, captivating animal lovers worldwide. The 'Lone Wolf of California' was the first to be seen in the wild in the state in almost 90 years. In Idaho, it's been a different story. OR-9, another male from the same litter went the other way, to be killed by a hunter... listen here.