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Old 11-01-2008, 04:01 PM   #1
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AP - Of all the things convicted murderer Robert Knowles has been called during his 13 years behind bars, recycler hasn't been one of them.



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'Obama, act quickly on energy'
November 27, 2008: Western governors ask the president-elect for a national energy policy that reduces greenhouse gas emissions.
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The governors of the nation's largest energy-producing states are encouraging President-elect Barack Obama to quickly adopt a national energy policy that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The bipartisan Western Governors' Association has delivered Obama a four-page letter outlining what steps it believes his administration should take in his first 100 days in office to address the issue.

Among the recommendations are annually spending tens of billions of dollars to develop clean energy technology; establishing an 'aggressive' greenhouse gas emissions reduction goal to help stop global warming; and proposing a mandatory national system for reducing greenhouse gas emissions through "market-based mechanisms." "We must not repeat the mistakes of the past," says the letter signed by association chairman, Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman of Utah, and vice chairman, Democratic Gov. Dem Brian Schweitzer of Montana. "The future of our nation depends on it."

Huntsman said Obama's administration should listen to the WGA because its 19 states are responsible for 94 percent of the country's onshore oil reserves, 66 percent of its coal reserves and 100 percent of its installed solar generation. "To begin with, it's a very energy relevant region geographically. No. 2, it's a very substantial road map that speaks to the whole moonshot (philosophy). If we're going to do something, we need to do it right. We need to be big and bold," he told The Associated Press.

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Thats one small step for a greener earth, but a step none the less.
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Canadians set up first solar powered community In North America
Washington, Dec 30,`09 : The Canadians have set up the first solar powered community in North America.
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According to a report in ENN (Environmental News Network), the community, named the Drake Landing Solar Community (DLSC) is located in the town of Okotoks, Alberta, and consists of 52 houses all powered by solar energy. The system that links the community together is ingenious. It stores the summer months' excess energy underground for it to be put to use in the extremely cold winter months that Alberta is notorious for. A total of 800 solar panels located on garage roofs throughout the community generate 1.5 megawatts of thermal power during a typical summer day, according to the project's organizers.

The engineers have said that in five years' time, they'll be able to capture enough summer energy to provide more than 90 percent of the space heating needs of the homes during the winter months. DLSC's underground energy storage system is unique in the world. Dubbed the Borehole Thermal Energy Storage(BTES), the unit links all the newly built, single detached homes together.

The rest of the building efforts have been as green as possible and the entire community has been awarded gold-certified status under the Built Green Alberta program. That program in turn is modeled on NRCan's EnerGuide for New Houses Program. All of them have rear garages separated from the houses via a breezeway. The best news is of course the low carbon footprint of the people that occupy the houses. A typical household will generate only 1 to 2 tonnes of greenhouse gas annually, compared to an average Canadian footprint of around 6 to 7 tonnes per home a year.

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