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Iowa Senator Pushes for More Federal Dollars for Wind Energy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Kyle Feldscher for the Washington Examiner:Sen. Chuck Grassley wants more funding for wind energy research put into next year’s energy and water spending bill.The Iowa Republican took to the Senate floor Monday afternoon to push an amendment that would fund wind energy research at the same level in fiscal 2017 as it is for the current fiscal year, $95.4 million. The current bill on the Senate floor contains $80 million for wind energy research funding.Grassley said increasing wind energy research funding would require no new funding and instead would shift $15.4 million from the Department of Energy’s Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy to wind energy research.“It does not raise overall spending levels,” he said. “It simply redirects $15.4 million from other renewable energy and efficiency programs to wind energy research.”Wind energy is important in Iowa. Grassley noted that 30 percent of the state’s electricity comes from wind energy and the industry supported 88,000 jobs there in 2015.Grassley said he believes funding for wind energy needs to stay level, if not increased, given the amount of tax breaks given to other energy sectors. He pointed to fossil fuels and nuclear energy in particular.“They argue that we shouldn’t pick winners or that wind is a mature industry,” Grassley said. “Don’t kid yourself. Wind, while nearly mature, is just an infant compared to the federal dollars and incentives provided to fossil and nuclear energy.”Full article: Grassley pushes for more money for wind energy research Iowa Senator Pushes for More Federal Dollars for Wind Energylast_img read more

Champion’s mindset propels Halep into Aussie Open semi-finals

first_img Loading… Read Also: Aussie Open: Zverev sweeps past Wawrinka to make first Grand Slam semiHalep, who struggled with a back injury towards the end of last year, said that she spent the off-season in Dubai rather than at home this year.“I’ve been there almost three weeks and worked more professional than before,” she said.“That’s why I left home because I can keep focused on what I have to do every day, no days off.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year Simona Halep warned she’s playing some of the best tennis of her career as she steamed into an Australian Open semi-final against fellow two-time Grand Slam champion Garbine Muguruza on Wednesday.Advertisementcenter_img The 28-year-old Romanian is the only player in the women’s draw not to drop a set in Melbourne and never looked in danger of doing so as she thrashed Estonian 28th seed Anett Kontaveit 6-1, 6-1 in 53 minutes. Muguruza, who like Halep has won Wimbledon and the French Open, sealed a date with Halep with a 7-5, 6-3 quarter-final win over Russia’s 30th seed Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Muguruza edges Halep 3-2 in their five previous meetings, but Halep said she is in the kind of sizzling form that saw her defeat Serena Williams 6-2, 6-2 in the Wimbledon final in July.The former world number one is also growing into the Australian Open, having said previously she was sluggish and tired at the outset.“I feel more energy going to the semi-finals. I feel more confident, I feel my game,” said Halep, who is set to rise a place to second in the world rankings next week.There has also been a change of mindset in Halep when she approaches Grand Slams, she said.“I just feel more confident and I feel like I’m able to do it,” said the Romanian, a popular figure with her fellow players.“It’s just a feeling that you don’t see this trophy as impossible anymore.“This is what I’m feeling about the Grand Slams now.”Halep, beaten in the 2018 final in Melbourne by Caroline Wozniacki, wasted no time asserting her authority over 28th seed Kontaveit, who was contesting her first Grand Slam quarter-final.Halep broke the 24-year-old in the third game of the first set, then again in the fifth game. Spectators at Rod Laver Arena had barely had time to settle into their seats.Halep sealed a one-sided first set in 29 minutes with a rocket of a forehand that the overwhelmed Estonian had no chance of retrieving.Kontaveit had failed to win a set against Halep in two previous meetings, and this was to be no different.Halep broke again at the start of the second set and wrapped up a dominant victory in style, sending down an ace.last_img read more