Oregon lawmakers nix rooftop solar tax credits | Utility Dive

Source: Oregon lawmakers nix rooftop solar tax credits | Utility Dive

  • The Oregon solar industry reportedly grew 50% in the past year to total roughly 4,500 workers.
  • But lawmakers said the tight state budget left little room for prioritizing rooftop solar and that too little time remains to evaluate a new program. The legislative session is due to end next week.

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Despite heavy lobbying from solar interests and the Oregon Solar Energy Industries Association, lawmakers said challenges with the state budget prevented them from inserting the extension into the budget bill.

“This is a responsible set of priorities given the very, very tight budget environment,” said Sen. Mark Hass, co-chair of the Joint Committee on Tax Credits at the hearing Wednesday, according to the news outlet.

The state is currently facing a $1.7 billion budget shortfall.

Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

Source: Reports: Cyberattacks breached at least a dozen power plants, including nukes | Utility Dive

  • Cyberattacks from a foreign government recently breached a dozen or more U.S. power plants, including conventional and nuclear generators, multiple media outlets report.
  • The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation have issued a report noting the Wolf Creek Nuclear station in Kansas was among facilities targeted, according to the New York Times. The report is said to contain an urgent amber warning, the second-highest threat rating.
  • Bloomberg reports that Russia is a chief suspect in the hacking, though other outlets did not name a potential source of the attacks and some analysts warn attribution is premature.

Stalin Reloaded? | Berlin Policy Journal – Blog

http://berlinpolicyjournal.com/stalin-reloaded/

legacy of Stalinism is deeply rooted in family memories and private archives, as almost every Russian family was affected by Stalinist terror in one way or the other. Due to the work of civil society organizations such as the Moscow-based International Memorial, a tremendous amount of sources (photos, letters, diaries, artifacts, etc.) has been preserved, documented, and published. Every year on October 29, the national day to commemorate the victims of political repression, thousands of citizens cue in front of the Lubyanka, the former KGB headquarters and prison, now home of the FSB. They join MEMORIAL for the public reading of 30,000 names of Muscovites who became victims of Stalin’s “Great Purge” in 1937-38. 

Defunding AmeriCorps: Another of the Trump Crew’s Demolitions – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

https://nonprofitquarterly.org/2017/07/11/defunding-americorps-another-trump-crews-demolitions/

AmeriCorps now joins Meals on Wheels, afterschool programs, climate change, banking regulation, geopolitical negotiation, affordable housing, community development block grants, Pell Grants, work study, and a slew of other programs and policies on the chopping block in the name of making America great for a very small number of people.

AmeriCorps is one of the few programs that by design benefits both volunteers and participants, organizations and communities served. Participants span the country’s millennial demographic. They include students financially able to serve a year while receiving a small stipend and first-generation higher education students who need education benefits. This built-in camaraderie reaches across racial, religious, ethnic, and income lines. It’s considered “the domestic Peace Corps,” 

It’s Official: Fewer Persecuted Christians Find Refuge in America Under Trump | News & Reporting | Christianity Today

http://www.christianitytoday.com/news/2017/july/fewer-persecuted-christians-us-trump-refugee-limit-50000.html

14,000 fewer Christian refugees will arrive in the United States this fiscal year, as President Donald Trump’s policies lead to the fewest resettlements in a decade.

Today, resettlement agencies hit Trump’s new ceiling of 50,000 refugees, three months before the end of the federal government’s fiscal year on September 30. And as CT predicted, persecuted Christians fell far short of last year’s intake.

“At this point, World Relief expects that the only additional arriving cases after today will be individuals who have a close family member already in the US,”