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LAS VEGAS—Green energy businesses gathered in Las Vegas on Monday for an annual conference hailing progress in the cleantech industry and encouraging further government incentives for the types of firms that paid thousands of dollars to sponsor the event.


For a minimum $4,000 payment, businesses and other groups got a spot in the exhibit hall of the eighth annual National Clean Energy Summit, cosponsored by Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D., Nev.) and the Center for American Progress.


“This prestigious event brings together the investors, industry executives, entrepreneurs, policymakers and advocates who are shaping the future of clean energy,” NCES’s website says.


The exhibitor fee gets businesses access to “senior industry executives, corporate sustainability teams, leaders from all levels of government, project developers, financiers, utilities, representatives from state and federal agencies and media from across the country,” in the words of a summit brochure.Scissors-32x32.png

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Obama to traditional energy producers: Get with the program


President Obama challenged energy utilities, fossil fuel producers and their allies in Congress on Monday to get onboard with his push for clean energy or risk backlash from American consumers and companies.


Speaking at a clean energy summit in Las Vegas, Obama dismissed energy interests that oppose his push to green the energy sector as “naysayers” who are “backed by fossil fuel interests, or conservative think tanks, or the Koch brothers."


He encouraged supporters to fight back against them and their push to influence American energy policy.

“They’re trying to undermine competition in the marketplace and choke off consumer choice and threaten an industry that is turning out new jobs at a fast pace,” Obama said. “That has the potential to hurt a lot of communities and set back America’s leadership in fighting climate change.”

He made veiled references to members of Congress who have been outspoken opponents of his energy policy, be it his push toward renewable energy installations or regulations aimed at coal-fired power plants.

He encouraged lawmakers to keep tax credits for wind and solar power on the books rather than letting them permanently lapse. Doing so, he said, would go against the choices of American consumers who are increasingly using renewable energyScissors-32x32.png



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Obama’s Power Plan: All Cost, No Benefit - Steven Moore


This month, the Environmental Protection Agency released its new guidelines for the states to follow in reducing emissions from the power plants that provide reliable electricity for our homes, schools, offices, and hospitals. These regulations will do little to improve the environment, but will significantly increase our monthly electric bills, cause frequent power outages, destroy millions of jobs, and shut down entire companies at a time when the economy needs a boost, not a brake.


The EPA’s “Clean Power Plan for Existing Power Plants” requires states to cut carbon-dioxide emissions from power plants by almost a third from what they were in 2005 — and to do it in just 15 years. Coal-burning power plants and even the cleaner-burning natural-gas-fired plants are the targets, and the Obama administration intends for “green” energy sources like wind and solar to replace them.


There are two huge technical problems with the government’s plan. The first is that the technology hasn’t been developed yet for existing power plants to fully comply, and the EPA knows it. That means plants will face huge fines or will have to shut down entirely, as is already happening in the coal industry. The second is that the technology doesn’t yet exist for wind, solar, and other green sources to produce energy as reliably and inexpensively as coal and natural gas. Solar has potential in the decades to come, but it’s doubtful that wind power will ever be able to scale up to the extent needed to power our $18 trillion industrial economy.Scissors-32x32.png



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Obama accuses Kochs of un-American campaign to undermine green energy


LAS VEGAS, Nevada — President Obama accused conservative opponents of his climate change agenda Monday night of carrying out an un-American campaign to protect their fossil fuel interests at the expense of the country.


“They’re trying to undermine competition in the marketplace and choke off consumer choice and threaten an industry that’s turning out new jobs at a fast pace,” Mr. Obama said at a clean energy summit here.


The president took aim particularly at the Koch brothers, saying they represent a faction in the U.S. opposed to investment in alternative energies such as solar power.


“When you start seeing massive lobbying efforts backed by fossil fuel interests or conservative thinks tanks, or the Koch brothers pushing for new laws to roll back renewable energy standards or prevent new clean energy businesses from succeeding, that’s a problem,” Mr. Obama said.Scissors-32x32.png



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