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Tue, 2008-11-11 09:46Emily Murgatroyd
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Al Gore: Environmental Solutions Equal Economic Solutions

When economy and environment are pitted against each other (a la Stephen Harper) we are manipulated into thinking that we must sacrifice one in order to achieve success with the other. In fact, our economies depend on the environment – without the resources that this earth provides we wouldn’t have an economy to operate and when those resources start to run out, cause serious security issues and create major environmental damage, then we are in grave danger of losing more than just our pay cheques.

Tue, 2008-08-26 10:24Kevin Grandia
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Clean Coal propaganda at the Democratic Convention

People attending the Democratic National Convention in Denver this week are the target of a $2 million advertising and PR blitz by a coal industry-funded front group called the American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity (ACCCE) whose goal is to sell the idea that coal is somehow clean.
Thu, 2008-07-31 11:08Emily Murgatroyd
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US oil company revenue higher than the GDP of Canada

On news of the massive profits reported by ExxonMobil today, ABC News crunched the numbers and has found that the combined revenue of the top 5 US oil companies was $1.5 trillion last year.

The news report points out that this is more that the total GDP of Canada, at $1.43 trillion last year.

Fri, 2008-07-25 22:06Emily Murgatroyd
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Where's the best place for wind power?

Generating electricity from the power of the wind is one of the many ways we can begin to wean North America off its reliance on dirty fuels like coal that produce massive amounts of heat-trapping greenhouse gas.

So where are the windiest places in the world that can power our lives?

NASA scientists have been creating maps using nearly a decade of data from NASA's QuikScat satellite that reveal ocean areas where winds could produce energy.

Wed, 2008-07-02 16:23Emily Murgatroyd
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US Solar Moratorium Canceled

The US government has backtracked on the moratorium on new solar powered projects it announced less than 2 weeks ago.

In a news release today, the Bureau of Land Management announced that:

In response to public interest in solar energy development, it plans to continue accepting applications for future potential solar development on the public lands. The BLM will process these applications, while continuing to identify issues during public scoping currently underway for the programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS).

Mon, 2008-06-23 14:38Emily Murgatroyd
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Wind Power Outpaces Nuclear, China Outpaces Itself

A new report issued by the Worldwatch Institute finds that new wind power installations outpaced new nuclear power plant construction by 10-to-1. Globally, the wind industry added 20,000 MW of new capacity last year, while the nuclear industry added less than 2,000 MW.

A big surprise for the author of the report was the massive upswing in wind installations in China:

“The biggest surprise is China, which was barely in the wind business three years ago but which in 2007 trailed only the United States and Spain in wind installations and was fifth in total installed capacity. An estimated 3,449 mega­watts of wind turbines were added in 2007, bringing China's provisional total to 6,050 megawatts and already exceeding the govern­ment's target for 2010.”
Thu, 2008-03-13 06:32Ross Gelbspan
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"It's An Ill Wind" -- Well Not All That Ill!

Powerful winter storms sweeping across Europe have boosted wind power, oversupplying the wholesale market for electricity and driving down prices by some 12 percent since Friday.

Even though road, rail and ship travel has been disrupted and insurers facing claims from damage brought by high winds, operators of wind turbines have been able to generate and sell more supply of the renewable energy into the power network.

Thu, 2008-03-06 17:00James Glave
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Canuck MegaBattery "Cleans Up" Wind Power

Wind is a bit like Adam Sandler's career. Sometimes it blows, and sometimes it doesn't.

That's just fine if all you want to do is fly a kite, but if you're an electrical utility seeking a steady supply of carbon-free juice for millions of homes and businesses, the resource needs a Plan B.

For one Canadian company, that plan B is “battery.” And it's gearing up to install a big 'un over in Ireland.

Mon, 2007-12-10 21:29Emily Murgatroyd
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Job Security Unstable? Renewable Energy is Looking for Employees.

Author Jeff Goodell's quote, “[a] full-blown push for clean energy could unleash a jobs bonanza that would make what happened in Silicon Valley in the 1990s look like a bake sale,” rings true when you look at yesterday's job report published by the UN.

The report found that solving global warming has resulted in world wide employment gains.


Thu, 2007-01-04 10:12Ross Gelbspan
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Is 2007 Bringing Us A "Do-Something" Congress?

House Democrats are crafting an energy package that would roll back billions of dollars worth of oil drilling incentives, raise billions more by boosting federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies for offshore production, and plow the money into new tax breaks for renewable energy sources.

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