February 27 -- Green energy not only reduces the risks of such devastating spills and leaks but -- an important bonus -- according to studies, green energy production actually creates more jobs than fossil fuel energy production. And yet China is leading the globe in establishing green energy sources and manufacturing solar panels for export. The United States appears to be lagging behind on every count -- except maybe when it comes to oil spills. >>View Article
February 27 -- Lately there's been a lot of press in Tulsa concerning our curbside trash program and the diversion of our green waste (lawn clippings, tree limbs, etc.) to the waste-to-energy facility located in west Tulsa instead of Tulsa's green waste disposal site. Some of my friends assumed this was a bad thing, but not so fast, as we should understand what a modern-day waste-to-energy (WTE) plant provides, including its environmental benefits.
First of all, WTE is not the same as trash incineration of the past which was simply uncontrolled trash burning. A modern-day WTE facility, such as the one located in Tulsa, uses municipal solid waste as the primary fuel source to generate steam and electricity for the communities in which they operate. >>View Article
February 26 -- Slowly but surely, the U.S. armed forces are getting serious about renewable energy.
In April 2012, the White House announced the Defense Department was making one of the largest commitments to clean energy in history, by setting a goal to deploy three gigawatts of renewable energy, including solar, wind, biomass or geothermal on Army, Navy and Air Force installations by 2025, enough energy to power 750,000 homes. The Army’s share of the initiative was the energy goal of generating one gigawatt. >>View Article
February 26 -- Some people are digging up their yards to heat and cool their homes - and the government is paying them to do it.
It's called geothermal heating. As power and gas bills have skyrocketed during the frigid winters and blisteringly hot summers, more and more homeowners are turning to it to heat and cool their homes. >>View Article
February 26 -- Back in 2009, when Danny Kennedy was looking for office space for the fast-growing solar services company he had co-founded, his venture capital investors recommended setting up shop in one of the “Twitterville kinds of areas” south of Market Street in San Francisco.
... Instead — after looking at buildings he deemed “foggy and frumpy and cold and wet,” not to mention expensive — Mr. Kennedy ended up in an airy loft across the bay here at Jack London Square. In just four years, the company, Sungevity, has grown to 300 employees from 55 in its 11,000-square-foot space overlooking the Oakland Estuary, helping jump-start the area’s stalled revitalization. >>View Article
February 26 -- The luxury electric Tesla Model S is the top overall car available on the market today, Consumer Reports found in its annual auto issue.
The $90,000 American sedan was bestowed the prestigious honor, while Japanese companies took five other citations in the annual rankings released Tuesday. >>View Article
February 25 -- We are governors from neighboring states and different political parties. We don't agree on everything, but we stand united in our belief that our nation needs a robust Renewable Fuel Standard. Therefore, we also stand together in our opposition to the Environmental Protection Agency's proposal to weaken the RFS.
Since Congress enacted the RFS in 2005 by huge bipartisan margins, it has provided the secure policy foundation that rural America needs to continue investments in renewable fuels. Those investments yield excellent returns. They diversify our nation's energy portfolio, clean the air, grow opportunities for businesses, create good-paying jobs in rural America, add value to farm products and give consumers lower-cost choices at the pump. >>View Article
February 25 -- Students at Kirkwood Community College can now train for many different jobs in the wind industry field.
"The ones that are out there maintaining the turbines, the O&M crews, the construction crews, that's where the jobs are at right now," said David Bennett, a Kirkwood Community College instructor.
According to the Iowa Wind Energy Association, there are currently around 7,000 people working in wind energy in Iowa. >>View Article
February 25 -- When we graduated from the Naval Academy in 1968, the American economic engine was powered by a domestic oil industry in the midst of a boom: American production accounted for one-quarter of the global total. Texas, rather than Saudi Arabia, was the world’s swing producer, and the United States had handled the 1967 Arab oil embargo by increasing production, keeping markets stable.
Times were about to change. Five years after our graduation, with its oil fields producing at full capacity, America found itself utterly unprepared for another oil embargo. This one, orchestrated by the Arab members of the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries cartel, delivered an economic shock that set off nearly a decade of financial turmoil, geopolitical uncertainty and damaging volatility in the global oil market. >>View Article
February 25 -- The board of directors of Hoosier Interfaith Power and Light opposes SB 340 out of a concern for good stewardship of the Earth and its finite resources. H-IPL is a growing statewide faith-based organization inspired by the call of our many faith traditions to care for and safeguard the Earth. >>View Article