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Recent posts by Johnathan Hladik

Lame Duck: Level the Energy Playing Field

As we recover from the election season’s barrage of insults, advertisements, and acronyms, I don’t blame you if your eyes begin to glaze over when we mention the PTC. Unless you’re a career politician, we can all agree you’ve earned a bit of a break.

If you are a politician, though, you don’t get a break. It’s time for you to work. It’s time to extend the Production Tax Credit.

EPA Regulations Usher in Industry Change

Two new regulations handed down by the Environmental Protection Agency will have a significant impact on the energy industry in 2012 – and beyond.

The Clean Air Act is already one of the most successful public health programs in American history, with a return of more than $30 in benefits for every dollar invested in pollution reductions. In 2010 alone the program prevented an esti¬mated 160,000 cases of premature mortality, 130,000 heart attacks, 86,000 hospital visits, 13 million lost work days, and approximately 1.7 million asthma attacks.

Guest Post: Testimony in Opposition to the Keystone XL Pipeline

Today we're featuring a guest post by long time Center supporter Alvin Guenther. Alvin has spent a lot of time analyzing this issue, and it shows below. We'd like to hear about your testimony too. Send a copy to and let us know what you think.



                                                                          September 27, 2011

Thank you for the opportunity to give testimony.  My name is Alvin Guenther.  I am a retired Nebraska educator.  My 35 year educational career was at both the secondary and community college level.  My teaching endorsements were in economics, business finance and accounting.  I am currently living on the family farm/ranch raising Hereford/angus crossbred cattle.  I come before you today in opposition to the TransCanada Keystone Pipeline.

Connect the Dots: Transmission and Rural Communities

Modernizing our transmission grid represents a major potential source of job creation. By some estimates, transmission investment in the United States will range from $12 billion to $16 billion annually through 2030.

Every $1 billion of US transmission investment supports approximately 13,000 full-time years of employment. So over a 20-year period, 150,000 to 200,000 full-time years of employment could be created annually simply by updating and expanding our electric grid.

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