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Hiring freezes hamper weatherization plan

$5 billion of the stimulus bill was to weatherize low-income houses. A year later, only 8% of the funds have been disbursed. Many states have met less than 2% of their goals, saving little energy and employing few people. A Energy Department report blamed bureaucratic delays and the recession itself.

 
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U.S. offers solar project a crucial loan guarantee

Just a few days after the Obama administration gave loan guarantees to two nuclear plants in Georgia, it has done the same for a solar plant in California. The guarantee is contingent on the project getting all the needed approvals. Critics want the project moved due to environmental concerns.

 
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Leaving the trash behind

It’s widely known that airplanes spew out a lot of greenhouse gas emissions. Less well known is that airlines generate 7.5 million pounds of trash daily; 75% could be recycled, but only 20% is. Some airports have recycling programs, but each one is different. Read the details in the article.

 
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Utility executives like nuclear power. Climate science, not so much.

A survey of 329 utility company executives, managers and engineers found that most of them were skeptical of climate change, uncertain about the future, and in favor of nuclear energy.  It’s not surprising that 70% of the utility industry leaders oppose the climate bill passed in the House, and more than 75% think there’s a future for coal-fired

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The hidden costs of fossil fuels – and biofuels, too

The National Research Council just reported that the costs of electricity from fossil fuels were $120 billion just on air pollution’s impact on health, not counting the effects of mercury, ecosystem damage, or the climate warming impact of carbon emissions.  Natural gas is ‘cheaper’ than coal; ethanol’s hidden costs are similar to coal’s.  Cars have

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