Archive for February 12th, 2009

Countries Turn to Green Jobs for Economic Growth
With the U.S. Congress expected to pass its financial stimulus package this week, the world’s largest economy will join a growing list of governments that are banking on green jobs as a way out of crippling economic recession.

If Congress agrees upon an array of proposed infrastructure projects and tax cuts, the United States would join China, Japan, South Korea, and several European Union member countries in what will likely be the largest series of clean energy and energy efficiency investments in history.
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U.S. Prepares to Broach Hard Issues With China
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration plans to realign the United States’ relationship with China by putting more emphasis onclimate change, energy and human rights, widening the focus beyond the economic concerns of the Bush years, according to senior administration officials.
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Greenwashing Water Bottles

Greenwashing Water Bottles
What makes Poland Springs Eco-Friendly water bottles good for nature? According to the improved label, the new eco-friendly shape “looks and feels different because it is purposely designed with an average of 30% less plastic to be easier on the environment.” The label on the bottle neglects to mention that the water bottles are one of the most detrimental products for the world, even if they have less plastic than their competitors. Lately, the environmental movement has coined a new word for companies that use fake green credentials to deceive consumers into believing their products help the natural world: greenwashing. The Poland Spring Company pretends to care about the Earth, but that’s a thin facade. They just want to satisfy their voracious appetite for money.
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Enterprise Rent-A-Car Adds 5,000 Hybrids to its Green Car Fleet
Enterprise Rent-A-Car announced last week they will add nearly 5,000 gas/electric hybrid vehicles to its nationwide rental fleet and designate 80 “hybrid rental branches” – locations with a high concentration of hybrid vehicles available – in 24 major markets across the country including 10 of the nation’s busiest airports.

This latest addition doubles the number of hybrid vehicles Enterprise owns, significantly adding to what is already the largest rental fleet of fuel efficient cars in the country.
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Corporations Buy More Green Power as Debate on Capitol Hill Shapes Up
Purchases by some of the nation’s largest corporations, as well as governments and agencies, led to a record total of voluntary “green” power purchases in 2008, according to a ClimateBiz report.

Intel and PepsiCo topped the list of buyers for Green-e Energy Certified renewable power, the Center for Resource Solutions announced late last month. A non-profit agency, the Center provides third-party certifications for the renewable power market.
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Corporations Buy More Green Power as Debate on Capitol Hill Shapes Up
Purchases by some of the nation’s largest corporations, as well as governments and agencies, led to a record total of voluntary “green” power purchases in 2008, according to a ClimateBiz report.

Intel and PepsiCo topped the list of buyers for Green-e Energy Certified renewable power, the Center for Resource Solutions announced late last month. A non-profit agency, the Center provides third-party certifications for the renewable power market.
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Energy and efficiency intact in stimulus bill

The Senate on Wednesday reached an agreement on a massive government stimulus bill that includes tens of billions of dollars for energy through direct government investments and tax incentives.

The Senate pared down the package to $790 billion from the House’s $820 billion version, but the majority of energy-related …

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German electricity plant runs on corn waste

This biogas electrical plant runs on straw from corn.

(Credit: Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft )

German scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems have developed an electricity plant that produces its biogas, a form of biofuel, from non-edible plant waste.

The Dresden, Germany, plant produces biogas from corn waste like husks …

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Australian fire toll is growing

Australian fire toll is growing
Reporting from Sydney, Australia — Warm winds whipped up clouds of embers today that threaten to spread southern Australia’s wildfires into more towns, as dozens more dead were found in the smoldering ashes of earlier blazes.

At least 173 people have been confirmed dead, and with search teams recovering more charred corpses in fire-scorched areas, police warned that the final death toll in what is already the country’s worst fire disaster could reach 300.
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