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A dead-end Austrian town gets a new life and blossoms in a big way with clean, green energy! Biofuels, biomass, co-generation (and increased tourism) are just the start for this town. Read the article at http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/08/28/business/carbon.php
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A coastal impact study at http://www.architecture2030.org/current_situation/coastal_impact.html is available to determine the effects of one meter of sea level increase; mayors and citizens of U.S. coastal cities are very interested in the findings; 53% of U.S. citizens live on or near coastal regions.
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According to the German Wind Energy Association (http://www.wind-energie.de/en/), the use of wind power has created savings of 2 billion Euro in 2007 for users. In the first half year, German wind farms produced 22 billion kilowatts of electricity—about 9% of the German electricity consumption. Electricity from wind farms is now taking the place in the electricity market of increasingly expensive conventional power plants, such as old inefficient gas or coal stations.
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The whole idea stinks—but generating heat and electricity from animal manure is appealing; the technology is an important component of fighting climate change. Normally, farms store waste in a lagoon, then use it later as fertilizer. But its natural decomposition produces methane—much more potent than CO2. So the capture of that gas and then use of it in an environmentally friendly fashion is a positive double whammy! You can read more information about this technology at http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=49621
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Our Canadian neighbors can visit this site with information about renewable energy incentives and grants: http://www.oee.nrcan.gc.ca/corporate/incentives.cfm
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The National Farmers Union (NFU) has released a report documenting how RES (Renewable Energy Standards) significantly increase jobs, business activity and local tax revenues, particularly for farmers and rural communities. NFU President Tom Buis says that “A national renewable electricity standard will provide significant economic opportunity in rural America.” Download the report in PDF format at http://www.nfu.org/wp-content/res-for-nfu-7-27-2-07-clean.pdf
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If you think corn-based biofuels will save the world, think again; researchers say more corn grown in the Midwest will result in more agricultural run-off (i.e. fertilizers and pesticides) into the Gulf of Mexico, contributing to an ever-increasing ‘dead zone’ where little but algae survives. Last year’s dead zone was over 6600 square miles; this year’s is anticipated to exceed 8500 square miles. Read this rather depressing article at http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/science/nature/6904249.stm
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What is your ‘carbon footprint’? Here’s a carbon calculator, where you can see how much carbon dioxide you and your lifestyle release into the atmosphere every year: http://www.nature.org/initiatives/climatechange/calculator/?src=nav1
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A self-contained dairy that will feed 7,500 cows--and power itself? In fall of 2008, the XL Dairy Group will begin operations at its site 100 miles west of Phoenix, AZ, and the facility will be a self-contained bio-refinery designed to produce high-grade ethanol, biodiesel, milk and dairy products, and animal feed --along with 100% of the energy required to run the plant. For more information on this project visit http://www.renewableenergyaccess.com/rea/news/story?id=48223
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A prototype wave energy device called the AquaBuoy has been deployed off the coast of Newberg, OR, by a company called Finavera Renewables, Inc. Located about two-and-a-half miles off the coast, the unit consists of an open steel cylinder with a piston, suspended and supplied by two steel-reinforced rubber hoses. As waves pass, the piston moves up and down the cylinder, forcing high pressure water into a turbine, generating power. You can view more information about this fascinating project at http://www.eere.energy.gov/news/news_detail.cfm/news_id=11261.

Quotable Quotes:

“If future generations are to remember us with gratitude rather than with contempt, we must leave them something more than the miracles of technology. We must leave them a glimpse of the world as it was in the beginning.” ---Lyndon B. Johnson
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“All ethics...rest upon a single premise: that the individual is a member of a community of interdependent parts. The land ethic simply enlarges the boundaries of the community to include soils, waters, plants and animals, or collectively, the land.” ---Aldo Leopold, Wilderness Society founder
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“The average man does not know what to do with his life, yet wants another one which will last forever.” ---Anatole France
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“Go to heaven for the climate, hell for the company.” ---Mark Twain
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“Man, when perfected, is the best of animals, but when separated from law and justice, he is the worst of all.: ---Aristotle
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“And what is man without energy? Nothing -- nothing at all.” ---Mark Twain
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“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” ---Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“I have no doubt that we will be successful in harnessing the sun’s energy; if sunbeams were weapons of war, we would have had solar energy centuries ago.”
---Sir George Porter (won Nobel prize for chemistry in 1967)
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“Thoughts create a new heaven, a new firmament, a new source of energy from which the arts flow.” ---Philipus Aureolus Paracelsus
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“You only lose energy when life becomes dull in your mind. Your mind gets bored and therefore tired of doing nothing. Get interested in something! Get absolutely enthralled in something! Get out of yourself! Be somebody! Do something. The more you lose yourself in something bigger than yourself, the more energy you will have.” ---Norman Vincent Peale
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It takes a lot more energy to fail than to succeed, since it takes a lot of concentrated energy to hold on to beliefs that don’t work.” ---Jerry Gillies
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“Don’t get me wrong, I love nuclear energy! It’s just that I prefer fusion to fission. And it just so happens that there’s an enormous fusion reactor safely banked a few million miles from us. It delivers more than we could ever use in just about 8 minutes. And it’s wireless!” ---William McDonough

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