In this week's newsletter: House proposes clean energy tax package, indigenous foods for Thanksgiving, high tides cause worst floods in 50 years in Venice and much more!
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House Proposes to Extend Solar Tax Credits for Another 5 Years

On Tuesday, the House Ways and Means Committee released a comprehensive clean energy tax package that includes a five-year extension of the 30% solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) and new incentives for energy storage.

“This is a positive development for everyday Americans who want access to affordable clean energy. The solar Investment Tax Credit (ITC) enjoys bipartisan support in the House and is responsible for making solar energy an American economic success story. An ITC extension will create thousands of jobs, add billions of dollars in private investment to the economy and reduce emissions. These benefits will be further accentuated with the inclusion of storage in a clean energy tax package," said Abigail Ross Hopper, president and CEO of the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) in a statement about the tax package.

If solar development is important to you, please contact your representatives in Congress to express your support for this bill- you can do so online here.

Native Foods for Thanksgiving

Every year, Americans gather around a festooned table to eat turkey and sides in celebration of Thanksgiving, a holiday that Abraham Lincoln officially founded in 1863 to unify people during the Civil War.

However, the narrative taught in elementary schools of the natives and pilgrims happily convening for a meal isn’t quite the whole story, and a group of diverse indigenous chefs — and indigenous people generally, who live across the Americas — are using their food culture as a means to tell the correct story about the holiday.

Chef Sean Sherman, whose cookbook The Sioux Chef’s Indigenous Kitchen won a James Beard award this year for Best American Cookbook, grew up in South Dakota but lives in Minneapolis. He now runs a restaurant called The Sioux Chef and the Indigenous Food Lab, a nonprofit that will help open indigenous restaurants across the country. Sherman explained that Americans already eat some indigenous, or pre-Colonial, foods on Thanksgiving — squash, pumpkin, cranberries, turkey and sweet potatoes — and that European settlers introduced post-Colonial staples like sugar, wheat flour, dairy and beef to North America.

Try one (or all!) of these five native recipes from the Huffington Post website. Bon appetit and happy Thanksgiving!

Venice Inundated with Highest Tides in 50 Years

"Venice is on its knees," Mayor Luigi Brugnaro saisd last week as the lagoon city suffered through some of the worst flooding in its history. The highest tide in 50 years brought seawater that threatens monuments and works of art in the historic city.

With more than 85 percent of the city flooded, Brugnaro said the city is in a state of emergency and that he has asked Italy's government for help.

Water driven by strong winds and storms overwhelmed seawalls and smashed brick docks, shoving boats into streets and leaving parts of landmarks such as St. Mark's Basilica and La Fenice Opera House underwater. Although the crypt at St. Mark's has been flooded, a member of the management board tells Italian news agency ANSA the main concern is that water may have damaged the basilica's support columns.

The canal city often experiences its most severe tidal flooding — or acqua alta — in the winter, when strong winds funnel water in from the northern Adriatic Sea. The 1966 high-water mark was also set in November.

"These are the effects of climate changes," Brugnaro said via Twitter as he surveyed the damage to Venice on the night of the worst flooding.

You can read more about this on the NPR website here.

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