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Iowa Chapter Supports Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020

“Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020” will create jobs, save consumers money, grow Iowa businesses, and meet our obligations to future generations.  

Iowa has been a leader in renewable energy and energy efficiency. We need to do much more to achieve the full benefits of renewable energy and energy efficiency for our state. This is important for our economy, energy security, public health, the environment, and long-term prosperity.  

The Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020 will:

  • Create at least 20,000 additional Iowa clean energy jobs by 2020.

  • Save Iowans at least $1 billion each year in energy costs.

 How to accomplish these goals:  

Expand Renewable Energy & Energy Efficiency

  • Produce 40% of electricity from renewable energy by 2020.

  • Expand energy efficiency programs for all utilities.

  • Diversify renewable electricity sources.

  • Give Iowans a fair price for generating renewable electricity for the grid.

  • Dramatically reduce the public health and environmental costs of fossil fuels.

  • Say “NO” to special ratepayer financing for new nuclear plants.

Reduce Transportation Costs

  • Provide incentives for the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.

  • Provide incentives for electric vehicles, charging stations, and grid improvements.

  • Support the development and expansion of passenger rail.

  • Promote land use and urban management decisions that cut travel costs.

The following organizations and businesses support “Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020”:

Iowa Public Interest Research Group, Clean Air Muscatine, Environmental Law and Policy Center, Eagle Point Solar, Iowa Physicians for Social Responsibility, Iowa Climate Advocates, Green Dubuque, Iowa Solar/Small Wind Energy, Trade Association, Iowa Interfaith Power and Light, Green State Solutions, Transition Des Moines, Iowa Renewable Energy Association, Iowa Farmer’s Union, Anemometry, Green Prairie Energy LLC., Environment Iowa, HR Green. Iowa Environmental Council, Sierra Club Iowa Chapter, Winneshiek Energy District, University of Iowa Sierra Student Coalition, Activus, 1,000 Friends of Iowa, Food Democracy Now, Independent Climate Advocates, Eastern Iowa, Renewable Energy Coalition, Methodist Federation for Social Action, Iowa Chapter, Iowa City Summer of Solutions

New National Survey: Nearly 90 Percent of Latino Voters Support Clean Energy

The Sierra Club and NCLR (National Council of La Raza) announced a new national survey August 1, finding that nearly 90 percent of Latino voters favor clean energy over fossil fuels. The national poll surveyed 1,131 Latino registered voters across the country on a number of public health, environmental and energy issues, and found overwhelming support for clean energy innovation, protecting public lands and parks and cleaning up toxic pollution.

The results of the 2012 Latinos and the Environment survey show that Latino voters across the country strongly support clean energy, are very concerned about the public health effects of fossil fuel production and use, believe that global climate change is happening, and want to protect the nation’s public lands.

Some key findings:

  • Pollution of our air and water resources is still the top environmental concern for Latino voters nationwide, with 61% saying it is among the top two environmental issues for them and their families. Since 2008, concern about air and water pollution and toxic waste sites has grown by 10 percentage points.

  • The Latino population clearly favors clean energy over dirty fossil fuels, and 83% agree that “coal plants and oil refineries are a thing of the past. We need to look toward the future and use more energy from clean sources.”

  • Nearly 9-in-10 (87%) Latino voters, with all wages and benefits equal, would prefer to work in the clean energy industry rather than at a fossil fuel company or oil refinery.

  • Of those polled, 86% prefer that the government invest in clean, renewable energy like solar and wind, while just 11% of Latinos prefer investments in fossil fuels like coal, oil, and gas.

  • More than three-fourths (77%) of Latino voters believe that global climate change is already happening, while another 15% say it will happen in the future. By comparison, about half (52%) of all Americans say that the effects of global warming have already begun, according to a Gallup poll conducted in March.

  • More than 9-in-10 (92%) Latino voters agree that they “have a moral responsibility to take care of God’s creations on this earth - the wilderness and forests, the oceans, lakes and rivers.”

  • More than 9-in-10 Latino voters (94%) say outdoor activities such as fishing, picnics, camping, and visiting national parks and monuments are important to them and their families. Nearly 7-in-10 (69%) Latino voters say they would support the president designating more public land as national monuments.

  • More than 7-in-10 (72%) Latino voters agree that “environmental regulations protect our health and our families by lowering toxic levels of mercury, arsenic, carbon dioxide and other life-threatening pollution in our air and water.”

  • An overwhelming majority (94%) of Latino voters believe that they and their families can help curb toxic air and water pollution by conserving energy.

The 2012 Latinos and the Environment poll was conducted by Myers Research and Strategic Services and focus group data was provided by Project New America. To read the executive summary or find the full poll results, visit

NCLR (National Council of La Raza) is the largest national Hispanic civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States and works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans through its network of nearly 300 affiliated community-based organizations.


Keep Cool and Save Energy

The heat and humidity usually associated with late summer has hit Iowa early this year, and higher electric bills can be expected. The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB) reminds Iowans to implement simple energy-saving modifications that can reduce those costs while improving home comfort and safety.   

Chill the Drills

Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, is preemptively suing the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for caring about the Arctic.

The oil giant has set its sights on the Polar Bear Seas, a sensitive and pristine habitat on Alaska's Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. Think the Arctic is worth saving? Send us your "So Sue Me" image and show Shell that we can't be intimidated.

More drilling in the Arctic won't lower gas prices, but it will extend our dependence on this dirty fuel. The real solution is so simple that you can state it in three little words.


Iowa’s electric service area map now online

Iowa Utilities Board and IDOT provide interactive resource for Iowans

The Iowa Utilities Board (IUB), with assistance from the Iowa Department of Transportation (IDOT), has updated and created a new electronic version of Iowa’s electric service territory map. This interactive resource allows online users to review local electric service information using a statewide map that links to county and then local area maps, in addition to local utility Web sites.

Those seeking to access county-specific electric service area maps and information can click on any county on the statewide map. Also on the county-level, clicking on the name of the local electric service provider provides access to each utility’s Web site resources. Many county maps also link to detailed maps of particular (highlighted) areas.  

Questions about Iowa’s electric service areas or the new electric service area map may be directed to the IUB Records and Information Center at (515) 725-7300.


Two Billionaire Brothers Out to Get the EPA
For years, billionaires David and Charles Koch have given millions to Tea Party candidates and anyone else who fights efforts to promote clean energy and stop climate change.

In late January 2011, this dangerous duo met behind closed doors with other big-money donors and political strategists to plot how to end the EPA's authority to protect our clean air and water. Sierra Club Executive Director Michael Brune blogged about why the Koch brothers threaten America's future -- and how we can stop them.




Last Updated 05.31.13

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