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Benjamin Oakes

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Hi, I'm Ben Oakes and this is my geek blog. Currently, I'm a Ruby/JavaScript Developer at Liaison. Previously, I was a Developer at Continuity and Hedgeye, a Research Assistant in the Early Social Cognition Lab at Yale University and a student at the University of Iowa. I also organize TechCorridor.io, ICRuby, OpenHack Iowa City, and previously organized NewHaven.rb. I have an amazing wife named Danielle Oakes.

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Iowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

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The Iowa Utilities Board has approved a wind turbine operation it says will be the nation’s largest wind energy project. […] [T]he project will see 85 percent of the company’s Iowa customer needs met through wind energy by 2020.

Source: Iowa Utilities Board approves huge wind energy project

Transport is now biggest part of U.S. carbon emissions, first time in 40 years

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Earlier this year, transportation overtook all other sectors of the economy—including electric power, industrial, residential, and commercial—to earn that dubious distinction, according to the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S. PIRG).

Source: Transport is now biggest part of U.S. carbon emissions, first time in 40 years

Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign

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Hillary Clinton highlights her plans to combat global warming. Donald J. Trump dismisses the science as a hoax.

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A Gallup poll in March found that 65 percent of Americans believed that climate change was caused by human activity, an increase of 10 points from a year earlier. The poll found that 38 percent of Republicans believed the same thing, an increase of four points from a year earlier. The poll also found that 76 percent of Americans ages 18 to 29 accepted that human activity is behind climate change.

Source: Climate Change Divide Bursts to Forefront in Presidential Campaign – The New York Times