In the Pipeline: 10/31/12

You know what?  The AEA Nation thinks Heather Wilson gets it, too.  Folks, you must read this letter.  And if you are lucky enough to live in New Mexico, you get to choose between two very distinct visions for the direction of our nation.  That’s kind of cool. New Mexico Watch Dog (10/29/12) reports: “The Navajo Nation Council has declared its support for Heather Wilson for U.S. Senate.  An October 17, 2012, letter signed by Johnny Naize, the Speaker of the Navajo Nation Council, while not explicitly calling upon tribal members to vote for Wilson, sends a clear message that the leaders of the largest Native American tribe in the country support her over Democratic opponent, Rep. Martin Heinrich.  They left nothing to guess when they wrote to Wilson, “Our Nation and our Navajo people are in dire need of leaders such as you who can advocate for sensible solutions and sustainable economic development.””



You had to figure it was not going to take long for the vultures to descend and try to turn human tragedy into political gain. Politico(10/30/12) reports: “Environmental activist Bill McKibben says Sandy should be a “wake-up call” to elected officials about the effects of climate change… “This is an absolutely unprecedented storm,” he said Monday evening. And it comes during the warmest year in recorded history in the United States — dating back to the late 19th century — and one in which many areas were affected by a serious drought.”


We kind of dig this. (10/29/12) reports: “In Wind Intermittency and the Production Tax Credit: A High Cost Subsidy for Low Value Power, economist Jonathan Lesser finds that “the vast majority of the Nation’s wind resources fail to produce any electricity when our customers need it most.””


We are moving to Denmark. Renewable Energy World (10/29/12) reports: “The Danish government won’t provide direct support to Vestas Wind Systems A/S should the world’s biggest maker of wind turbines need a bailout to stay afloat… Aarhus, Denmark-based Vestas, which has been hurt by higher-than-budgeted costs to develop its V112 turbine and cuts in green energy subsidies, said in July it agreed with its banks to defer a so-called test of financial covenants, delaying loan payments after losses eroded its cash flow. The government is now saying it won’t step in to bridge any periods of financial distress at the company to prevent it going bankrupt.”

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