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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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  • Thursday, December 02, 2010

    Iowa Wind Industry Nationally Recognized

    This comes from the Iowa Democratic Party:

    Radio Iowa reports this morning that the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) has named Iowa as having more wind energy jobs than other states.

    Just how big is the wind industry in Iowa? The ELPC was able to identify 79 separate companies that make up the wind energy supply chain, including 7 international manufacturing companies that create jobs across the state.

    Despite this obvious success, Iowa Republicans continue to threaten its future. During the campaign, and over the past month, they have attacked the Iowa Power Fund despite it’s success in bringing these companies and jobs to Iowa while leveraging nearly $300 million in private investments.

    “Iowa has more of a stake than almost any other state in the country when it comes to wind power development and getting state and federal policies right,”

    -ELPC Executive Director Howard Learner

    Read the full article here.

    Why would the Republicans oppose wind energy in Iowa? I mean it CREATES good, solid American jobs and gives us clean, green energy! Yet they oppose this extremely successful industry. Why?

    Could it be that some of their main donors are oil companies like BP and Exxon/Mobil? Republicans seem determined to undermine industries that create American jobs and clean energy and instead support companies that pollute and oursource our jobs overseas.

    Call your State Representative and Senator. (Find them here.) Tell them Iowans want clean renewable energy as one of the engines of our new economy.

    Take this a step further. In all seriousness, Green Energy is vital for America's economic recovery and Republicans have to know Iowans want economic recovery. Here are the email addresses of some local media outlets. Write to them to express your opinion:

    Newspaper email addresses:

    CR Gazette: editorial@gazettecommunications.com

    Press-Citizen: opinion@press-citizen.com

    Daily Iowan: daily-iowan@uiowa.edu

    Mt. Vernon-Lisbon Sun: news@mtvernonlisbonsun.com

    Muscatine Journal: comments@muscatinejournal.com

    West Branch Times: rob@westbranchtimes.com

    West Liberty Index: index@Lcom.net

    Wilton-Durant Advocate News: adnews@netins.net

    DM Register: letters@dmreg.com

    Burlington Hawkeye: http://www.thehawkeye.com/forms/letters.html (online form only)

    Fort Dodge Messenger: editor@messengernews.net

    Omaha World Herald: pulse@owh.com

    Sioux City Journal: larrymyhre@siouxcityjournal.com

    Iowa Newspaper Assoc.: http://www.inanews.com/about/findaniowanewspaper.php



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