2013 May Environment & Climate News

Issue Date: 
May, 2013
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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.

Also in this issue:

  • 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 O’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 legislature’s Revenue Committee for advancing a bill to give special tax incentives to wind power companies and other expensive renewable power providers.

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