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Like people, eagles benefit from clean environment

July 9 -- To Americans, the bald eagle symbolizes our freedom, spirit and democracy. With National Bald Eagle Day happening every year at the end of June, we are reminded of the need to do all that we can to care for and protect our national bird across the country.

Many man-made threats to eagles exist in the landscape today, including power lines, mercury and lead poisoning, and illegal shootings — with thousands killed annually by these sources. Further, according to most in the scientific community, the single greatest threat to them, and all wildlife, is climate change. >>View Article

The Emerging Clean Energy Edge

July 9 -- Global energy markets are reaching a tipping point. A pathway has opened for climate progress, but only if governments; business and public's recognize and exploit the opportunity.

For the first time, a large fraction of the world's fossil fuels could be replaced at a lower cost by clean energy, with today's renewable technologies and prices. And virtually no further investments in fossil fuels make long-term economic sense because higher fossil fuel prices over their useful life will be exorbitant. >>View Article

Renewables can put brakes on gas prices

July 7 -- As Americans hop in their cars this summer, gasoline prices are at a six-year high. Thanks to surging demand and continued turmoil in Iraq, gas is quickly approaching $4 per gallon.

With prices rising so fast, there’s never been a more important time for America to invest in alternative sources of energy. The longer we’re dependent on oil, the longer we’re at the mercy of foreign political turmoil.

One of the most promising alternative energy sources is ethanol, a renewable fuel derived from common agricultural goods like corn, woodchips, and grasses. Ramping up America’s ethanol production would drive down demand for oil and wean this country off the volatility and sudden price swings that come along with it. >>View Article

Some Go Solar for Savings, Not the Planet

July 7 -- When San Francisco game developer Matt Householder installed solar panels on his rooftop four years ago, he wasn't thinking about saving the planet. He wanted to increase the value of his home.

“My thinking was the cost of installation was basically going to be recovered when I sold the house because it increases the value of the house as a fixture," Householder said. "It’s like adding a bathroom." >>View Article

Obama's carbon emissions reduction plan not bad for business

July 7 -- A recent Hartford Business Journal op-ed by the coal industry lobbying group "Electric Reliability Coordinating Council" declared that President Obama's plans to cut carbon emissions from existing power plants will be "bad for business." The piece said the proposal would cost consumers too much, and have little impact on global warming.

It is instructive to recall that in 1966, Henry Ford opposed mandatory seat belt installation, claiming the cost would force his company's closure. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, seat belts have saved over 255,000 lives since 1975. >>View Article

Maine business owners tout value of renewable energy, urge government support

July 7 -- A century-old farmhouse, winsome llamas, a flock of chickens, rolling fields encircled by dense woods and distant mountains.

Quaint? Yes. But look again at Maple Hill Farm, an inn and conference center in Hallowell, outside the town’s center and not far from bustling Augusta. A wind turbine rises above the woods. Solar panels line the rustic conference center’s roof. Rooms are illuminated with LED bulbs. Every aspect of the care of the facility and its guests is informed by technologies and practices related to renewable energy and other sustainable initiatives.

“It’s been a deep-rooted part of my personal philosophy,” says Maple Hill Farm co-owner Scott Cowger. “I believe we should all be doing our part, as individuals and as businesses, to counter the effects of climate change.” >>View Article

From Trash to Treasure

June 3 -- Wherever there are people, there is waste. That’s just a fact. However, what humanity has chosen to do with that waste has changed throughout the years. First, of course, we didn’t do anything. But that wasn’t sanitary, so we started to bury it. Now, advances in technology have made burying waste inefficient. >>View Article

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