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A former member
Post #: 182
It's a no brainer we should be embracing alternative energy as a nation. We need the entire nations focus to quickly change to PV, wind, hydrogen, fuel cells, and other solutions that are renewable and clean immediately.

Why we put up with biofuels, nuclear, coal, and other sick polluting energy sources is just plain criminal.

Bill Clinton: "Green" economy offers great rewards
Thu Nov 1, 2007 10:58pm EDT

SEATTLE (Reuters) - The shift to a green economy is the biggest economic opportunity facing the United States since the military buildup to World War Two, former President Bill Clinton said on Thursday.

Addressing the U.S. Conference of Mayors' Climate Protection Summit, Clinton said initiatives to combat global warming, such as the retrofit of old buildings and switching to more fuel-efficient cars, would create jobs and boost wages.

"In my view for the United States, it is the greatest economic opportunity we've had since we mobilized for World War Two," Clinton said. "If we do it right, it will produce job gains and income gains substantially greater than the 1990s."

Clinton spoke to a group of U.S. mayors who have agreed to meet the goals of the Kyoto Protocol, the international agreement for fighting climate change.

President George W. Bush rejected Kyoto and its mandatory emissions caps in 2001, but more than 700 cities representing 75 million Americans have agreed to cut their heat-trapping gas emissions 7 percent from 1990 levels by 2012.

Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels has spearheaded the movement.

During the speech, the former president said the Clinton Climate Initiative would extend its purchasing consortium of energy-efficient and clean-energy products to 1,100 U.S. cities to get volume discounts for items like green vehicles and alternative energy technologies.

The purchasing consortium was set up for a group of some of the world's 40 largest cities, including New York and London.

Cities account for 2 percent of the world's landmass, but produce 75 percent of the world's carbon emissions, according to Clinton.

Most scientists link greenhouse gases, such as carbon dioxide emitted from the burning of fossil fuels, to global warming that could lead to heat waves, stronger storms and flooding from rising sea levels.

Bush rejected the Kyoto plan, saying it will cost U.S. jobs and that it unfairly burdened rich countries while exempting developing countries like China and India.

Clinton rejected the notion, saying America must prove to China, India and other developing nations that addressing the climate change problem will stimulate their economies.

Al Gore, Clinton's vice president, shared this year's Nobel Peace Prize with the U.N. Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change for raising awareness of global warming.­
A former member
Post #: 185
Only $100? I'm hoping it hits $400 soon. Nothing would make me happier than to see fossil fuels price themselves off the market.

$100 Oil Will Fuel New Technology
By Chuck Squatriglia EmailNovember 02, 2007 | 2:12:10 PMCategories: Alt Fuel, Current Affairs

With the price of crude oil all but assured of topping $100 a barrel after a quick succession of all-time highs, the future of alternative energy has never looked better.­
A former member
Post #: 186
Friday, November 2, 2007
Granholm pushes alternative energy
Mark Hornbeck / Detroit News Lansing Bureau

LANSING -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm announced today she will embark Monday on a month-long, nine-city tour of Michigan businesses engaged in alternative energy work, to call attention to the state's efforts in this area and ask industry leaders what the state can do to help them.

"We have to diversify this stubborn economy," Granholm said at a news conference, flanked by alternative energy business leaders and officials from universities doing work in the field. Several of the business executives said they are hiring 50 to 200 workers over the next year.

"World-wide, $20 trillion over the next few years will be invested in alternative energy," Granholm said. "We've got a huge moment here (in Michigan). We have wind, we have water, we have the work force."


The governor has been making a big push the last couple years to bring alternative energy companies to the state to create jobs to replace those lost due to declines in the domestic auto industry. She's hoping to lure businesses involved in wind, solar, bio-mass, ethanol and other alternative energy sources.

Granholm said it's essential to persuade the Legislature to increase the state's renewable energy portfolio -- that is, the percentage of electricity here generated by alternative sources -- to 25 percent by the year 2025.

"When we adopt renewable portfolio standards, we will see the jobs come," she said.

The tour will begin Monday at K&M Machine Fabricating in Cassopolis, which makes wind turbines. Granholm also will visit Grand Rapids, Detroit, Traverse City, Ann Arbor, Eaton Rapids, Midland, Oakland County and the Upper Peninsula.­
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