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June 15, 2009

Clean Energy News Round-Up

Wind There are some good and interesting articles in news out there on the clean energy front, so I thought I'd share a few that caught my eye.

First up, a segment from NPR on an oil worker who chose to become a wind turbine technician.

From the article: "You know, my dad was in oil in the early '80s when it went bust," (Kim Johnson) says. "It's here one day and gone the next. But with these windmills, they put them up, they're there. They're not going away."

Next up, there's been a lot of talk lately about how painting our roofs white could help slow global warming and lower our energy bills. Now even U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu is talking about it:

In his talk, Chu cited new research from his former laboratory, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, which imagined the result of painting about 63 percent of the roofs white in 100 large cities in tropical and temperate areas worldwide.

It estimated that would provide about the same climate benefits as taking all the world's cars off the road for 10 years.

Third story of note - the Department of Homeland Security doesn't want the locations of the high-risk coal ash storage sites revealed to the public. DHS says revealing the sites would compromise national security.

And finally, the debate over the American Clean Energy & Security Act (ACES) continues in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill's expected to hit the floor next week, but it's bringing a lot of controversy with it.


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