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Thursday, January 21, 2010

What Can Green Do for You? Find out at Renewable Energy Workshops This Weekend!

Update 16:04 CST: Postponed! With the nasty ice and snow coming this weekend, organizers have decided to wait for another weekend to ask our speakers and interested audiences to brave the highways and talk about our energy future. (See? Environmental activists are perfectly reasonable! ;-) ) When we reschedule, Madville Times readers will be nearly the first to know!

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The South Dakota Legislature is responding favorably to the Public Utilities Commission's Small Renewable Energy Initiative. Perfect timing for a series of renewable energy discussions taking place this weekend here in East River. Dakota Rural Action, Plains Justice, and the Center for Rural Affairs are hosting three public fora on how South Dakota can increase local ownership of renewable energy.

Note: these programs aren't just some eco-green singalong about saving the planet. As more communities (and our PUC) are realizing, renewable energy is about the green we all agree is good: money for local economies. As scheduled speaker Duane Ninneman says, "University studies have shown that local ownership of wind energy provides several times the economic benefits to local communities that outside corporate ownership does."

Want to learn more about how your community can take more control of its energy and economic future? Pick a program and come participate!
I'm part of the committee that has organized these programs (and three more coming later this winter!). I'm excited that more people around South Dakota will have the chance to have conversations with these experts and with each other about the eco-green and econ-green benefits renewable energy can have at the local level.


  1. Steve Sibson1/21/2010 12:20 PM

    "Opponents said the loss of tax revenue would hurt schools and local governments."

    That was from the KELO report Cory linked. So Cory, I thought you were against tax cuts. Why are you supporting this?

  2. 1. I'm not against tax cuts. I'm for good policy.

    2. Supporting small-scale independent renewable energy production is good policy.

    3. Dusty Johnson agrees with me.

    4. I thought Republicans were all for tax cuts. Russ Olson voted against this tax cut. What gives?

  3. Steve Sibson1/22/2010 6:15 AM

    "I thought Republicans were all for tax cuts."

    No Cory, they only say they are to get votes from conservatives. They are for lining the pockets of special interest plutocrats, just like you. And that is "good policy"?

    My property taxes are going up yet again (isn't that ex facto?). So why should others get property tax cuts that benefit special interests such as a yacht manufacturer from San Diego?

    And why are you asking me about Russ Olson's votes. I thought you insisted that he is all yours, since he is representing your district?


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