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West Virginia Is a Geothermal Hot Spot 5.10.2010 Environmental News Network
Researchers have uncovered the largest geothermal hot spot in the eastern United States. According to a unique collaboration between Google and academic geologists, West Virginia sits atop several hot patches of Earth, some as warm as 200˚C and as shallow as 5 kilometers. If engineers are able to tap the heat, the state could become a producer of green energy for the region.
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China's Climate Change Talks: What's Changed Since Copenhagen? 5.10.2010 Truthout.com

Taipei, Taiwan - United Nations climate officials say they hope to get talks for a new global deal on carbon cuts back on track after last year's climate talk debacle in Copenhagen. This week's climate change conference hosted by China in Tianjin could give them just that opportunity.

But with mistrust still high and feelings raw, few expect any big breakthroughs in Tianjin, or at higher-level talks beginning in late November in Cancún, Mexico.

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Green Win: White House to Get Solar Panels 5.10.2010 AlterNet
Bill McKibben and friends left the White House disappointed last month after a visit in which they hoped to persuade the Obama administration to re-install one of Jimmy Carter’s solar panels that used to be on the White House roof. Looks like McKibben’s dream is going to become a reality. The AP reports: Solar power is coming [...] Related Stories ...
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Steven Chu: The White House is going solar 5.10.2010 Gristmill
by Brad Johnson. Cross-posted from the Wonk Room . At the GreenGov Symposium this morning, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu announced that the Obama White House will  bring back solar power , removed decades ago by the Reagan administration. “The number one question we get when greening the White House, is  whether we’re putting solar panels on the roof ,” Council on Environmental Quality chair Nancy Sutley said in her introduction. After noting the many practical steps the Obama administration has taken to restore the solar energy industry in this nation, Chu announced that “the White House will lead by example” by  installing solar panels and a solar water heater on the roof : As we move towards a clean energy economy, the White House will lead by example. I am pleased to announce that by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels that convert sunlight into electricity and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House. ...
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Lessons from the climate fight: ‘moderate’ is meaningless 5.10.2010 Gristmill
by David Roberts. The Senate is basically an oligarchic institution , so it’s no huge surprise that many senators gave more weight to the interests of fossil-fuel industries than they did to the public interest in mitigating climate change and developing clean energy. Oil and gas groups outspent green groups 7 to 1 —and that doesn’t count Big Coal money. Exxon alone outspent all green groups together. Still, even for a cynic like me, it’s striking just how little moral weight climate change carries in the Senate. As in, none. There’s absolutely no sense of urgency, no sense that there’s anything to risk by being crass and cavalier about it. Senators who claim to accept the basic scientific facts are dubbed “moderate” even as they go on to treat climate policy with all the seriousness of an earmark haggle. Ryan Lizza’s New Yorker piece on the climate fight offers several dismal examples: As for Olympia Snowe, the moderate Republican from ...
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Robert Redford: The Force That Fights Deep-Pocketed Polluters and Wins 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
By the time I got involved with NRDC, the message was, work with us to design solutions, and we'll do all we can to find common ground. Oppose us and we will see you in court -- and more often than not we will win.
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Andrew Winston: The Military Understands Why Getting Off Oil Pays, Why Don't We? 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
The cost in resources and lives to bring fuel to Afghanistan and Iraq is just too great. Fossil fuel is imported, and for every 24 fuel convoys, one soldier or civilian working on transport was killed.
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Steven Chu: The White House Goes Solar 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
As we move toward a clean energy economy, the White House will lead by example. I'm pleased to announce that, by the end of this spring, there will be solar panels and a solar hot water heater on the roof of the White House.
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U.S. military faces reality and makes big push for renewable energy 5.10.2010 Gristmill
by Randy Rieland. So Congress wants to take it slow on this renewable energy thing. Not the U.S. military. It prefers to face reality.  Into the wild green yonder: Across the board, military commanders are pushing to break the addiction to fossil fuels, whether it’s the Navy launching hybrid vessels or the Air Force switching to biofuels. But the situation is most pressing for the Marines and Army troops in Afghanistan.  For every gallon of gas they buy for $1, it can cost up to $400 to get it to remote bases. It’s also dangerous to distribute. One Army study found that for every 24 fuel convoys sent out, one soldier or civilian involved in the operation was killed. Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, in an interview with the New York Times , cut to the chase: There are a lot of profound reasons for doing this, but for us at the core it’s practical. Fossil fuel is the No. 1 thing we import to Afghanistan and guarding that fuel is keeping the troops from ...
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Duke University Turns Pig Poop into Power (Video) 5.10.2010 TreeHugger
Duke University Turns Pig Poop into Power (Video)
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No on Prop 23: Big Polluters Bankroll Initiative to Kill Clean Air Laws 5.10.2010 Commondreams.org Views
by Vien Truong
For years, California has been a national leader in environmental policy.

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Solar Panels On White House: Obama To Install Solar Panels In 2011 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Solar power is coming to President Barack Obama's house. The most famous residence in America, which has already boosted its green...
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U.S. Military Orders Less Dependence On Fossil Fuels 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
With insurgents increasingly attacking the American fuel supply convoys that lumber across the Khyber Pass into Afghanistan, the military is pushing aggressively to develop, test...
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Gene Karpinski: Elect Climate Champions, Reject Flat Earthers 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
A disturbing trend has emerged this year among Republican Senate candidates: a refusal to accept the sound and settled science that man-made carbon pollution is causing the planet to warm.
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Joshua Freed: For Big Clean Energy Results, Think Small 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
What if we could build a power plant that could provide electricity to tens of thousands of homes with zero carbon emissions? We can. Or, thanks to American innovation, we will be able to soon.
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Robert Stavins: California's Global Warming Solutions Act and National Climate Change Policy 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
Under California's Global Warming Solutions Act (AB 32), Sacramento would take the place of Washington as the center of national climate policy deliberations and action. No doubt, this possibility will please some, and frighten others.
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Andy Mannle: Why the Green Economy is Unstoppable -- and 10 Ways it's Making Life Better 5.10.2010 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
It's clear from our inability to pass climate legislation that we're not going green because it's the right thing to do, but because it's the smart thing to do. Here are 10 major areas of life that are inevitably getting better by going green.
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Why Building a Bike-Safe City Is Key to a Clean Energy Future 5.10.2010 Truthout.com

Congress couldn’t get it together to vote even on the smallest of possible energy bills—the renewable energy standard—before the October recess. That doesn’t change the reality that our energy dependent society needs to find alternatives quickly. Changing up our approach to transportation, one of the biggest sources of energy consumption, is a good place to start.

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No on Prop 23 campaign takes in $5 million to oil industry’s $10,000 5.10.2010 Grist Magazine
by Todd Woody. When Silicon Valley’s elite gathered at Google’s headquarters in August to rally opposition to Proposition 23, the ballot measure that would suspend the state’s global warming law, one speaker darkly warned that the Texas oil companies backing the initiative would spend as much as $50 million to ensure its passage. As it turns out, the No on 23 campaign is outspending the Texans. Big time. Case in point: Over the past few days, the No forces have collected $5 million from venture capitalists, New York financiers, renewable energy companies, and other deep-pocketed backers, according to California Secretary of State records. The Yes campaign, meanwhile, has received only a single $10,000 donation over the past week, from a Houston company that provides services to the oil and petrochemical industries. The last big contribution to the Yes coffers was a $100,000 donation made on Sept. 13. Of course, Texas oil companies Tesoro and Valero and the billionaire ...
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Anti-Climate TV Ads Hits California, Loaded with Lies (Video) 5.10.2010 TreeHugger
Anti-Climate TV Ads Hits California, Loaded with Lies (Video)
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