Former Hawkeye football star stumps for solar power

Kimberly Dickey speaks at UI solar press conference
Photo by Brion Hurley

Former Iowa Hawkeye football great Tim Dwight returned to Kinnick Stadium yesterday to propose that the University of Iowa invest in solar energy to power the campus. He was joined by State Senator Rob Hogg, D-Cedar Rapids and Kimberly Dickey, President, of the Iowa Renewable Energy Association as well as UI students Andrew Woronowicz and Allison Kindig.

The proposal calls for 1,240 kilowatts of solar electric power to be installed at the UI in 2013 which would cut approximately $100,000 in current electricity costs annually.

State Senator Rob Hogg said he would introduce legislation next year to finance the three million dollar UI project. “Solar power works to create jobs, reduce energy costs, and meet our obligations to the environment and future generations,” said Hogg. “Let’s turn solar power into Hawkeye power.”

Read more at the Daily Iowan here. Read more at The Gazette here. See a video of the press conference here.

Taxpayers will pay for drought

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The federally subsidized crop insurance program for corn and soybean farmers will pay out billions in taxpayer payments to farmers as a result of 2012 drought that has decimated the country this year.

In some cases farmers will actually make more money from crop insurance payments than they would have received from normal rainfall and normal crop yields.

Bruce Babcock, an agricultural economist at Iowa State University in Ames and the author of a 2011 report for the Environmental Working Group titled “The Revenue Insurance Boondoggle: A taxpayer-paid Windfall for Industry” believes that reforms are needed to this important safety-net program.

Read more from The Gazette, here.