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Dems Focus on Economy; 500,000 Iowans to see lower taxes

By |2008-01-25T16:50:04-05:00January 25th, 2008|Categories: Environment, Jobs & Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

“We made great strides last year expanding our job creation efforts by focusing on targeted industries like advanced manufacturing, information solutions, life sciences and alternative energy. We will continue our focus this year on creating good-paying jobs that help middle class families.  Around 500,000 Iowans will also benefit from a lower state tax bill as they [...]

Global Warming Denial Continues by Republicans

By |2008-01-23T14:44:56-05:00January 23rd, 2008|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , , , |

State Representative Donovan Olson, D-Boone, and chair of the House Environmental Protection, took to the House Floor today after five Republican legislators distributed a book at the statehouse claiming global warming is not man-made. Last year, Democrats made historic progress on the environment through expanded funding for REAP, the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council, Greenhouse Gas [...]

Council Recommends 50% Reduction in Greenhouse Gases

By |2007-12-18T11:22:47-05:00December 18th, 2007|Categories: Environment|Tags: , , , , , |

The Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council met yesterday in Davenport and made recommendations to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50% in 2050. The council was created as part of a larger package on greenhouse gases (SF 485) during the last session. State Representative Donovan Olson of Boone led the bill through the House and also serves [...]

Iowa's Energy Independence Plan

By |2007-12-14T16:11:54-05:00December 14th, 2007|Categories: Environment, Jobs & Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , |

Commissioned by the Iowa Legislature and Governor Chet Culver earlier this year, the Iowa Office of Energy Independence released the Iowa Plan for Energy Independence today, which aims to make Iowa energy independent by 2025.   State Representative Nathan Reichert of Muscatine helped draft the legislation last spring and now serves on the Iowa Power Fund Board of [...]

Recommendations on Energy Efficiency

By |2007-11-14T10:46:31-05:00November 14th, 2007|Categories: Environment|

The Energy Efficiency study committee wrapped up work on yesterday and made 18 recommendations, which includes a energy efficiency goal of $9 billion in savings over the next ten years.  State Representative Nathan Reichert of Muscatine co-chairs the committee and the recommendations were approved on a 7-2 vote. PROPOSED RECOMMENDATIONS OF INTERIM COMMITTEE ON ENERGY EFFICIENCY Improving energy efficiency – getting more [...]

Reichert Talks Energy Economy

By |2007-11-06T13:28:48-05:00November 6th, 2007|Categories: Environment, Uncategorized|

State Representative Nathan Reichert of Muscatine was featured on essentialestrogen.com talking about environmental efforts passed during the 2007 legislative session.  From the Iowa Climate Change Advisory Council to the Energy City Designation Program to the Iowa Power Fund and Energy Independence Plan, 2007 was a great year for the environment. The Cedar Rapids Gazette also ran a front page story Monday about construction [...]

Sustainable Funding for Natural Resources

By |2007-11-06T12:23:03-05:00November 6th, 2007|Categories: Budget, Environment|

The Sustainable Funding for Natural Resources interim committee, which is co-chaired by State Representative Paul Bell of Newton, heard last week that an additional $150 million per year is needed to support Iowa’s natural resources. The goal of the committee is to find a sustainable funding for our natural resources needs, including parks and trails; soil [...]

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