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Rey - Climate change goes to war

June 18 -- This past week, floods in Europe have driven hundreds of thousands from their homes, killed more than 20 people and inflicted expected costs of more than $14 billion. Just the latest in a series of devastating storms - from the deadly tornadoes in Oklahoma to Hurricane Sandy - these events demonstrate the effects of climate change on our world today.

Fortunately, there is something we can do to prepare our local communities for ever-stronger storms and waves. We should follow the military's lead in tackling climate change, through investing in clean energy innovation. >>View Article

 

Northwestern University Team Wins 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition

June 17 -- SiNode Systems from Northwestern University won the 2013 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition earlier this week. The competition, now in its second year, is part of President Obama’s Startup America Initiative that works to encourage and accelerate high-growth entrepreneurship by inspiring university teams across the country through business opportunities in clean energy. >>View Article

Don’t call them wind wimps

June 17 -- Wind is — how shall we say it — different from other types of energy production. Wind is quieter. A little. Compare wind to a coal mine. While a large wind turbine does vibrate, it’s nothing like sounds that come from draglines, shovels and 250-ton haul trucks carrying 300 tons of coal. >>View Article

No way nuclear is a better way

June 17 -- In “Nuclear: A better way? Here’s why,” Craig Bowron (June 8) extolled the merits of integral fast reactors (and, not incidentally, touted a new Robert Stone movie). Unfortunately, some considerations were omitted. >>View Article

World Wind Turbines To Cross 300,000 Megawatt Mark

June 17 -- Wind turbines are here to stay. They are increasing in numbers every day, and industry figures show that the amount of energy they are able to generate has reached tremendous levels. The 19th century belonged to coal, the 20th to oil, and the 21st century belongs to clean energy, with wind energy being one of the foundations of that. >>View Article

Solar-Powered Plane Lands at Dulles Airport

June 17 -- A solar-powered plane nearing the close of a cross-continental journey landed at Dulles International Airport outside the nation’s capital early Sunday, only one short leg to New York remaining on a voyage that opened in May. >>View Article

Addressing air pollution and climate change with clean energy

June 17 -- This weekend, for the third year in a row, I’ll be traveling to Washington, D.C., to push Congress to enact meaningful legislation that will rein in climate change. Many people would view this as a fool’s errand, given the gridlock that exists in Washington right now, but I’ve found a number of reasons to be hopeful. >>View Article

New England states move to increase hydropower

June 17 -- Hydropower could play a larger role in New England’s energy mix as five of the region’s states, including Massachusetts, move to import more of it — most likely from Canada — and at least one has passed a law that could allow electricity from large-scale hydrolectric dams to be classified as green as wind or solar energy. >>View Article

$278 Million A Year In Geothermal Benefits For US

June 14 -- The annual health and environmental benefits to the United States from geothermal energy have been estimated to be $278 million a year, according to the Geothermal Energy Association. Binary geothermal energy plants produce almost no fossil fuel emissions, and other types only trace amounts of pollutants. Argonne National Laboratories found that hydrothermal binary plants have some of the lowest emissions of any energy technology, in their 2010 life-cycle emissions study. Most new geothermal plants that have recently come online in the US are this type. >>View Article

Sun, Drugs and Rock N' Roll: Bonnaroo Goes Solar

June 14 -- This year's Bonnaroo music festival, which starts Thursday, will feature 80,000 sweat-soaked music fans, dozens of bands, countless ridiculous costumes and a permanent solar power array that'll help keep Paul McCartney's set running during "Hey Jude." >>View Article

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