The May issue of Environment & Climate News reports the Arkansas legislature rejected a proposed renewable power mandate when House Bill 1390, the Arkansas Distributed Generation Act, failed to make it out of a joint committee on energy. Heartland Institute Senior Fellow James M. Taylor, managing editor of Environment & Climate News, testified persuasively against the mandate.
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As anti-chemical activists attempt to ban the safe but controversial chemical bisphenol A from plastic products, a new study finds the most viable replacement chemical may present greater human health concerns than the exhaustively tested bisphenol A.
Mark Lynas, a longtime vocal leader of the anti-biotechnology movement, acknowledged he has unjustly demonized biotechnology and was wrong to oppose genetic crop improvements. Lynas helped create the anti-biotechnology movement in the 1990s.
Maryland Gov. Martin Oâ€™Malley (D) announced his approval of a project to turn chicken waste into electricity, but the idea faces opposition from consumer advocates and some environmentalists.
The first southern state to enact renewable power mandates may be the first to repeal them. North Carolina state Rep. Mike Hager (R-Rutherford) introduced legislation, the Affordable and Reliable Energy Act, to freeze renewable power mandates at current levels and repeal escalating future mandates.
The Matanuska-Susitna Borough Assembly rejected the arguments of environmental activist groups and approved a proposal for a coal mine south of Denali National Park in Alaska.
Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman criticized the state legislatureâ€™s Revenue Committee for advancing a bill to give special tax incentives to wind power companies and other expensive renewable power providers.