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White House says veterans jobs program will train 50,000 to install solar panels by 2020 18.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
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US to train veterans to install solar panels 18.9.2014 AP Politics
WASHINGTON (AP) -- The U.S. will train at least 50,000 veterans to become solar panel installers in the next six years, the White House said Thursday....
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US solar power starts to outshine gas 18.9.2014 Financial Times: Energy
Falling costs at some wind farms and solar plants are making them more competitive with fossil fuels and encouraging greater investment
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Daydream believers: Is imagination our greatest skill? 18.9.2014 New Scientist: Health
Our capacity to create imaginary worlds could be key to our health as well as the power behind the rise of human civilisation (full text available to ...
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Brazil's largest company, Petrobras, accused of political kickbacks 17.9.2014 The Guardian -- Front Page
With Brazil's energy policy dominating the runup to next month's general election, pro-oil demonstrators take to the streets The brutalist headquarters of South America's biggest company, Petrobras , offers a harsh riposte to those who try to romanticise Brazil as a land of golden beaches and endless forest. This week, the concrete edifice in central Rio de Janeiro was the focus of a pro-oil rally by thousands of petrochemical workers amid a presidential election debate dominated by how to manage the nation's vast fossil fuel reserves. It is a question that has opened up the biggest gap between President Dilma Rousseff , an old industry champion of the Workers Party, and her main challenger Marina Silva , a former environment minister who has pledged to shift priorities towards alternatives energies like wind, solar and ...
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When the power's out, solar panels may not keep the lights on 17.9.2014 Minnesota Public Radio: News
The vast majority of solar panels are useless in a blackout because they are connected to the power grid. Creating independent microgrids could solve the problem.
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When The Power's Out, Solar Panels May Not Keep The Lights On 17.9.2014 NPR News
With the price of solar panels falling, more municipalities and homeowners are installing them. But having solar panels doesn't mean you won't lose power in a blackout — at least not yet.
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Renewable energy target: Coalition and Labor no closer to compromise 17.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Division remains in Coalition where backbenchers are pushing against large-scale wind and solar projects

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On the News With Thom Hartmann: It May Take a Disaster for the US to Switch to Green Energy, and More 16.9.2014 Truthout - All Articles
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How Can You Increase Smart Phone Battery Life? 16.9.2014 Wired Top Stories
Smart phones aren’t really phones. They are small personal computers that you can carry around with you. They just happen to also make phone calls – but that’s not what most people use them for. Yes, these tiny computers are awesome and useful – but there is a downside. The battery life is terrible. The ...
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Seven things we learned from Lord Stern's New Climate Economy report 16.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

A major new report says the world can tackle climate change without harming economic growth. Heres the digested read

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bloom berg briefing 16.9.2014 SFGate: Business & Technology
Hear here Since its founding, Amazon has been a highly regarded and progressive brand. The popularity of solar power is growing as the cost of rooftop panels plummet while experts say tens of trillions of dollars must be invested in energy systems to stop the global temperature from rising.
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Routt County commissioners hesitate to invest public monies in community solar garden 16.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The Routt County commissioners placed an emphasis on the goal of transitioning to “future energy economies” in their recent strategic planning process, and they already oversee a significant solar array on top of the Justice Center on the west side of Steamboat Springs. But they weren’t ready on Monday to tell Facilities Director Tim Winter to continue to explore investing in the new community solar garden that Clean Energy Collective is planning to begin constructing next month in Craig in collaboration with Yampa Valley Electric Association. CEC is a for-profit company that has built similar community solar arrays in Colorado mountain towns. The company allows individual households to spend as little as $850 on a small portion of the larger solar facility, in order to offset a portion (or all) of their electricity usage without having to invest thousands of dollars to put their own grid on top of their homes. The solar garden offers the added benefit of being ideally situated on its planned site for ...
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2 California solar-power projects to be acquired by Virginia firm 15.9.2014 LA Times: Business
Energy giant Dominion has agreed to acquire two California solar projects from a San Diego renewable energy developer.
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There's a Place in the World That Is Fighting Poverty with Solar Power 15.9.2014 Mother Jones
Ruinda Njaba uses his solar panels (visible on the roof behind him) to power up villagers' cell phones. He charges them 12 cents apiece. Tim McDonnell/Climate Desk Lusela Murandika just wants to be able to watch the evening news. The 76-year-old farmer lives in Kanyala village in northern Tanzania, 60 miles from the nearest town that's connected to the electric grid. For years, he's powered a tiny TV set in the dim sitting room of his concrete house here with a diesel generator, spending roughly $10 each month on fuel—money that could otherwise buy more than 20 pounds of rice in a country where the per capita GDP is $695. Earlier this year, on the advice of friends, he invested $400 in a small, 80-watt solar system. After charging all day under the East African sun, it can run his TV for two hours. The system was a pain in the neck to install, he says, and the battery is unreliable, but it's still an improvement over the generator. And here, as in most of rural Africa, there aren't many options. "It's a ...
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What Can Small Cities Do to Fight Climate Change? 15.9.2014 Mother Jones
This story originally appeared in Grist and is republished here as part of the Climate Desk collaboration. Everyone should know by now that the US needs to adopt policies to restrain its profligate energy use. Per capita, we use the most of any country except Iceland. And no, it's not just because we're richer: Adjusted for GDP, we still use more than everyone except for Australia, Canada, and a few frigid countries in northern Europe. Our huge and wasteful appetite for energy sucks money out of the economy and produces greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change. But Congress won't pass a cap-and-trade bill, carbon tax, or any other policy to address it. Senate Republicans even blocked a bill that would have assisted the private sector in purely voluntary conservation measures and saved money by increasing efficiency in federal agencies. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) articulated a common attitude toward energy conservation when he told me recently that we use the most energy per capita because we're ...
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RET: Labor may compromise if Coalition rejects Warburton report 15.9.2014 Guardian: Environment

Opposition hints at deal on renewable energy target but job-decimating recommendations must first be renounced

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Routt County Board of Commissioners meeting agenda for Sept. 15 and 16, 2014 14.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
10:30 a.m. Call to order A. Pledge of Allegiance B. Approval of accounts payable, manual warrants, and payroll C. Items of note from the previous day’s work session 10:35 a.m. Consent agenda items Items of routine and non-controversial nature are placed on the consent agenda to allow the Routt County Board of Commissioners to spend its time and energy on more important items on a lengthy agenda. Any commissioner may request that an item be pulled from the consent agenda and considered separately. Any member of the public may request any item to be pulled from the consent agenda. A. Approval of county commissioners minutes: regular meeting of Aug. 19, 2014 10:40 a.m. Consideration of items pulled from the consent agenda 10:45 a.m. Public comment Public comment will be heard on any item except quasi-judicial land-use items. County commissioners will take public comment under consideration but will not make any decision or take action at this time. 10:55 a.m. Communications Director, Douglas Brown A. ...
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David Moss: Response to EPA letter 14.9.2014 Steamboat Pilot
The purpose of this letter is to provide three counterpoints to Jeff Troeger’s letter to the editor entitled “EPA Confusion” in Steamboat Today on Sept. 12. First, is carbon dioxide a pollutant? Simply put, each time Jeff or any other animal on the planet breathes out, they release carbon dioxide as a result of burning their food for energy. In turn, our friends the plants, who are the original users of solar energy, take this carbon dioxide and sunlight and turn them into food and oxygen, which we need to survive. All of this is part of the carbon cycle on earth. Thus, I don’t see how carbon dioxide can fit any reasonable definition of a pollutant or as harmful to humans. Second, is the point about the state having flexibility with the purposed EPA rules. For me, this is like saying we are being humane by giving a condemned prisoner his choice of method of execution. The EPA rules will kill the local coal industry, no matter how much flexibility the state has. Another case of Washington knows ...
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Investing in 'green bonds' takes off 14.9.2014 Star Tribune: Business
Once limited to stock funds, socially responsible investors now have similar choices among bond mutuals.
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