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New Jersey's Six Flags Great Adventure To Cut 18,000 Trees To Go Solar 27.3.2015 Green on HuffingtonPost.com

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — A theme park plans to cut down more than 18,000 trees for the construction of what it says will be the largest solar farm in New Jersey.


Six Flags Great Adventure says the facility will generate 21.9 megawatts, or enough to power about 3,100 homes, and capable of meeting all of the park's needs.


The facility will be located east of the safari park in Jackson and is expected to be operational during the second half of 2016.


Park President John Fitzgerald said in a statement that solar power will significantly reduce the park's reliance on fossil fuels.


Six Flags spokeswoman Kristin Siebeneicher tells the Asbury Park Press (http://on.app.com/1HUsoaV ) the park and KDC Solar have pledged to replant 25,000 trees over a period of seven years.


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Information from: Asbury Park (N.J.) Press, http://www.app.com

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The Iowa Caucuses Have a Winner: Ethanol 26.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
Presidential hopefuls love the law mandating biofuel use, but there are encouraging signs in Washington that the business handout is losing favor.
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Obama To Young Scientists: 'Keep Asking Why' 24.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
A new spinal implant, an automated page turner and a more efficient way to make energy from algae. Those are among the projects that young scientists shared with President Barack Obama at the White House Science Fair on Monday. "I want to thank you for inspiring me," Obama said in remarks at the science fair. "Keep exploring. Keep dreaming. Keep asking why. Don’t settle for what you already know. Never stop believing in the power of your ideas, your imagination, your hard work to change the world. " The president gave special notice to a group of 6-year-old Girl Scouts from Tulsa, Oklahoma, the youngest scientists of the day, who built a page-turning device out of Legos to help individuals who are paralyzed or have arthritis. He said the "Supergirls" stressed to him that the device is just a prototype. About 20 young scientists were honored on Monday, including Sophia Sánchez-Maes of Las Cruces, New Mexico, a high school senior who has studied algae as a potential fuel source, and Harry Paul of Port ...
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Cropping Africa's wet savannas would bring high environmental costs 17.3.2015 Environmental News Network
With the global population rising, analysts and policymakers have targeted Africa's vast wet savannas as a place to produce staple foods and bioenergy groups at low environmental costs. But a new report published in the journal Nature Climate Change finds that converting Africa's wet savannas into farmland would come at a high environmental cost and fail to meet some existing standards for renewable fuels.
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Jeb Bush’s ethanol past may complicate his Iowa future 16.3.2015 Yahoo: Politics

Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush meets guests at a house party during a campaign stop in Dover, New Hampshire"The whole point of this was that the big increases were supposed to be in cellulosic ethanol," Bush said.


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Scott Walker Draws Scrutiny From GOP Rivals For Changing Positions 14.3.2015 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) — Scott Walker's rivals see him as an up-and-comer in the Republican race for president, so they are focusing on the Wisconsin governor's changing positions on a number of issues. The still-unofficial campaigns of several Republicans have assembled internal memos, research papers and detailed spreadsheets that highlight and track Walker's shifts on positions from immigration to ethanol to abortion. They say Walker has a broad pattern of flip-flopping that will be his greatest vulnerability. The rush of what's known in the campaign trade as "opposition research" comes as Walker is in midst of a swing through two early voting states. He travels next week to South Carolina after spending this weekend in New Hampshire. Steve Duprey, a Republican national committeeman from New Hampshire who is not aligned with any candidate, said Walker is relatively unknown among voters in his state — meaning the governor is subject to definition by his opponents. "You have to be an authentic candidate," ...
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Walker draws scrutiny from GOP rivals for changing positions 14.3.2015 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Scott Walker's rivals see him as an up-and-comer in the Republican race for president, so they are focusing on the Wisconsin governor's changing positions on a number of issues....
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Des Moines versus Goliath gets real: Water Works follows through on its lawsuit against Iowa drainage districts 12.3.2015 Switchboard, from NRDC
Ann Alexander, Senior Attorney, Chicago: In January, the Des Moines Water Works decided it had had enough of paying for costly treatment equipment to deal with an algae pollution mess it didn't make, and served some of those responsible with a 60-day notice of intent...
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Biofuels Group to Ask Congress for Revamped Standards 11.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: US
Companies that make alternative fuels, pressured by lower oil prices and regulatory uncertainty, are launching a push for legislation to make it more likely segments of the biofuels industry can survive.
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Jeb Bush, Scott Walker emerging as front-runners for GOP nod — and rivals 11.3.2015 Washington Post: Politics
It started with a subtle poke at Jeb Bush almost two months ago, when Scott Walker suggested that Republicans need “a new, fresh approach.” Since then, Walker has continued jabbing, casting himself as the “son of a preacher” — instead of, say, a president — and warning Republicans against “looking to the past.”Read full article ...
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The GOP's Renewable Evangelists 10.3.2015 Wall St. Journal: Opinion
The potential candidates bow to the wind and ethanol lobby.
Scott Walker Just Blatantly Pandered To Iowa's Corn Farmers 10.3.2015 Mother Jones
As the Republican governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker has resisted the federal government's support of the biofuel industry. But last weekend, within the borders of corn-rich Iowa—the state upon which Walker appears most intensely focused for his all-but-announced presidential bid—he sang a different tune. Joining other potential candidates at the Iowa Ag Summit, Walker said he was "willing to go forward on continuing the Renewable Fuel Standard," a federal policy that requires fuel used in the US to contain at least 10 percent "renewable fuel," usually ethanol and other biofuel. As the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel noted , this represents a complete about-face for Walker, who made enemies in Wisconsin for his long resistance to robust ethanol subsidies. Corn is Wisconsin's most important crop, and in 2012, the state was the nation's second-biggest ethanol exporter. In January 2014, Walker stayed quiet on a federal proposal to cut ethanol use by three billion gallons. That silence angered biofuel producers ...
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GOP presidential hopefuls answer to Iowa's agenda 8.3.2015 Philly.com News
DES MOINES, Iowa - This time, the presidential cattle call was held at the state fairgrounds - which seemed appropriate, given the topics.
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Where corn is king, GOP hopefuls address hot topic 8.3.2015 CNN: Top Stories
For Iowa's economy, corn is everything.
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Jeb Bush remarks on ethanol have Iowans reading tea leaves 8.3.2015 Terrorism

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is interviewed by host Bruce Rastetter, left, during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)Bush gave a nod to free-market conservatives on government subsidies for industry, but in actuality his position appears to be one of full support for the Renewable Fuel Standard.


U.S. Republican hopefuls Bush, Walker change their tune on ethanol 8.3.2015 Yahoo: US National
By Andy Sullivan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Potential Republican presidential candidates Jeb Bush and Scott Walker told Iowa voters on Saturday that they supported government policies to boost ethanol use, a change in position that could help their prospects in the corn-growing state. Speaking at an agricultural forum in Des Moines, the two White House hopefuls said a 2007 law requiring ethanol use should be kept in place despite their general distaste for subsidies and mandates. The so-called Renewable Fuel Standard requires motor fuel producers to use an ever-increasing amount of ethanol and other renewable fuels in an effort to boost U.S. energy production. "I don't think Washington should be picking winners and losers," said Texas Senator Ted ...
Texas' Cruz tells Iowans he opposes renewable fuel quota 8.3.2015 Yahoo: Top Stories

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, is interviewed by host Bruce Rastetter, right, during the Iowa Agriculture Summit, Saturday, March 7, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol.


Texas' Cruz tells Iowans he opposes renewable fuel quota 8.3.2015 AP Politics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Texas Sen. Ted Cruz is telling Iowa Republicans and agribusiness leaders that he opposes the federal standard for renewable production, including ethanol....
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Huckabee, at Iowa agricultural forum, calls for tougher immigration oversight 8.3.2015 Star Tribune: Politics
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Huckabee calls for tougher immigration oversight 7.3.2015 AP Politics
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee says the United States should better restrict illegal immigration and seek to gauge why people want to move here....
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