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
Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020 will:
at least 20,000 additional Iowa clean energy jobs by 2020.
Iowans at least $1 billion each year in energy costs.
to accomplish these goals:
Expand Renewable Energy
& Energy Efficiency
40% of electricity from renewable energy by 2020.
energy efficiency programs for all utilities.
renewable electricity sources.
Iowans a fair price for generating renewable electricity for the grid.
reduce the public health and environmental costs of fossil fuels.
“NO” to special ratepayer financing for new nuclear plants.
incentives for the purchase of fuel-efficient vehicles.
incentives for electric vehicles, charging stations, and grid
the development and expansion of passenger rail.
land use and urban management decisions that cut travel costs.
organizations and businesses support “Iowa Renewable Energy Jobs 2020”:
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
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:
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”
overwhelming majority (94%) of Latino voters believe that they and
their families can help curb toxic air and water pollution by
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,
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.
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
Shell, one of the largest companies in the world, is preemptively suing
the Sierra Club and other environmental groups for caring about the
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.
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 ofIowa’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
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.
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
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
The Cedar Valley Business Monthly published an article in November 2014 regarding farmers who are organizing against the Rock Island Clean Line, a proposed electrical transmission line project
that will criss-cross the state. The transmission line will carry renewable energy electricity from northwest Iowa to parts east. Iowa will not benefit from any of the electricity generated.
The protesting farmers have also created a website to help others who oppose RICL crossing their farms. Find out more.
Iowa Chapter of the Sierra Club supports an energy future that revolves
around the use of clean and renewable energy, such as wind, solar and
geothermal, with reduced dependency on coal and nuclear technologies.Find