June 2012

Smart solution for infrastructure, transportation

(Star News 6-22-2012) In Washington, D.C., Congressional members are drawing up a new federal transportation reauthorization bill before the current extension expires on June 30. Great River Energy strongly encourages them — and particularly our own Sen. Amy Klobuchar — to ensure the longevity of our nation’s infrastructure and health of our environment by expanding the use of recycled fly ash, a coal byproduct that provides environmental benefits.

The coal fly ash amendment is needed

(Daily Mail 6-21-2012) Recycling fly ash into concrete makes for durable material. What if Congress could pass a bill that would protect public health, provide new markets for coal byproducts, secure thousands of West Virginia jobs, head off utility rate increases, and help repair our state's roads and bridges? Congress can advance these goals by enacting the federal transportation bill, together with bipartisan legislation that strengthens environmental safeguards for fly ash.

Clear the way to use fly ash in road work

(Tallahassee.com 6-6-2012) Florida's construction industry is watching intently as a final agreement on the federal transportation bill is being reached. While Congress faces another self-imposed deadline, this fiscally important legislation continues to stall. Meanwhile, the clock is ticking as the June 30 funding deadline looms for much needed infrastructure construction projects and a special surface transportation amendment that is both pro-growth and pro-environment.

Coal ash issue must be settled with law keeping control with states

(Times West Virginian 6-3-2012) — The countdown is on. Lawmakers have less than a month before the June 30 date when federal funding for road and transit projects will end. That’s crucial for the transportation bill being worked on in a joint House-Senate committee, and it doesn’t leave much time for elected leaders to reach a compromise on a specific part of the bill: the issue of coal ash.

Of course, the key word is “compromise,” and two of West Virginia’s congressmen have been unable to reach a happy middle ground.

Washington Examiner says administration continues to try to reshape energy industry

(News OK 5-30-2012)   “THE true engine of economic growth will always be companies like Solyndra,” President Obama declared two years ago this past weekend. That statement was already doubtful in May 2010 when Obama visited the solar panel manufacturer’s Fremont, Calif., headquarters between political fundraisers to celebrate the $500 million it had received in taxpayer-funded stimulus cash.