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Ethanol Is U.S.-Made, Cheaper Than Gas

August 13 -- In “Imaginary optimism” (Comment & Analysis, Aug. 12), The Washington Times asserts that oil companies are being forced to blend cellulosic ethanol that does not exist. The Times also claims that biofuel blending increases pump prices. We get it. The Washington Times is dubious of policies that promote biofuels, but facts are facts. >>View Article

President Obama Signs Groundbreaking Legislation to Expand U.S. Hydropower Production

August 13 -- Legislation designed to expand hydropower production in the United States by improving and streamlining the licensing process for small hydropower projects is now law. The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act and the Bureau of Reclamation Small Conduit Hydropower Development and Rural Jobs Act were signed into law by President Obama. Previously, the Senate unanimously passed the legislation just before it adjourned for August; the House passed each bill with nearly unanimous support earlier in the year. >>View Article

IBM Unveils Wind And Solar Forecasting System

August 13 -- IBM has developed a power and weather modeling technology to help utilities integrate renewable energy resources into the grid more reliably. The new system combines weather prediction and analytics to forecast the availability of wind power and solar energy. >>View Article

How The Far Right Developed An Unlikely Interest In Solar Energy

August 13 -- From the day in 1986 when president Ronald Reagan pulled down the solar array that had sat briefly atop the White House, conservative politicians in the US and elsewhere have had a growing antipathy towards renewables. Many conservatives, particularly those on the far right, simply refuse to believe solar can play a useful role in modern energy systems, and paint it as an unwarranted extension of government regulation. >>View Article

Obama Signs Legislation To Expand U.S. Hydropower

August 12 -- President Barack Obama has signed legislation that will streamline the licensing process for small hydropower projects. The law is one lobbied for by suppliers of hydroelectric components, including West Manchester Township-based Voith Hydro. >>View Article

Weapons Might Not Be Our Ultimate Military Advantage

August 12 -- Seventy-one years ago this month, the Nazi army began its attack on Stalingrad. After more than six long months of grueling warfare that left the city in shambles and claimed the lives of more than 1.5 million people, the Soviet Army turned back the Nazis and swung the fate of the Second World War. But why did these armies continue to fight with such zealous fervor after the city was nothing but a pile of rubble and its strategic assets were in shambles? >>View Article


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