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EWG is working toward an energy future in which clean, safe and economical sources such as solar and wind power replace dirty, dangerous and expensive coal and nuclear power. We're also investigating the use and disposal of hazardous chemicals in oil and gas drilling, toxic gasoline additives such as corn ethanol and MTBE, uranium mining on public lands, and the transport of nuclear waste through American cities.  

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Conventional wisdom is by definition logical, predictable, and normal — in other words, a snooze fest. This week the devil buys ice skates and pigs brush up on their aviation skills as OTB takes a closer look at conventional wisdom.

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Monday, July 16, 2007

The European Happy Planet Index ranked Iceland as the best in Europe today, according to the new report released today by the New Economics Foundation.

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Saturday, July 14, 2007

This week, in what many would term an unfortunate setback, Vermont's House of Representatives was unable to override the Governor's veto on an energy bill that would have provided incentives for renewable energy and an increased tax on the Vermont Yankee nuclear energy company. We feel for you, Vermont.

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Wednesday, July 4, 2007

In a world where web-empires have been built on connecting you to people across the country and across the world, it can be easy to lose sight of what's going on in your own backyard.

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Monday, June 11, 2007

Feeling guilty about cheating on your sweetheart or spouse? Now you can pay to have your cheating offset by Cheatneutral, a UK startup.

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Friday, June 8, 2007

Last weekend, on my 4-year-old's preschool campout, I was talking to another dad about the environmental commitment of the oil company he works for. They're putting millions of dollars into biofuels research, converting their vehicle fleet to hybrids or natural gas, and my friend is writing speeches for the CEO that proclaim the urgency of addressing global warming.

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

According to The New York Times, a private enrichment company is asking the federal government to hand over an old stockpile of partially processed uranium, worth between $750 million and $3 billion.

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Tuesday, May 15, 2007

According to the Washington Post, a New Deal program intended to spur investment in rural electricity production in the 1930s continues to shell out billions in low-interest loans for building coal-fired power plants.

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Friday, May 11, 2007

Some members of the National Rifle Association (NRA) are furious with President Bush and “Dead-Eye” Dick Cheney. At first I thought ‘how could this be?’ Vice President Cheney, while not the best of shots, often speaks at NRA annual meetings, and President Bush had NRA Chief Wayne LaPierre down to the ranch in Crawford for a little R and R.

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Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Wind energy is great. The knocks against it traffic mostly in the cosmetic/aesthetic and avian safety realms. The potential for truly clean and renewable energy is limitless. In addition, it could bring economic vitality to the Midwest.

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Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Big Oil is getting into the biodiesel game. On the surface that's good news. Last week I wrote about oil companies and how through their gas station franchises they are not allowing competing products like biodiesel to arrive on the pumps.

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Monday, April 23, 2007

Some tout the electronic age as a greening tool that replaced snail mail with e-mail, saving trees and gasoline while improving efficiency in business, government, and in our personal lives.

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Friday, April 20, 2007

As spring blossoms into summer and rusty lawn mowers begin to creep out of the dark corners of garages, our traditional yard maintenance machines will meet new criticism for their eco-shortfalls. On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency proposed a new rule that would require catalytic converters for small engines under 25 horsepower, commonly found in lawn mowers, generators, and other devices.

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Two years ago, I bought a diesel vehicle. I was living in South Dakota and the idea was to immediately become a consumer of a homegrown fuel, in this case bio-diesel. The bio-diesel produced in South Dakota is generated for the most part from soybeans, but some from sunflowers.

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Thursday, April 5, 2007

You've heard of economically depressed towns lobbying to be the site of a new prison. But who wants a nuclear reactor in the neighborhood?

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

Burger King to start buying eggs and pork from non-CAFO suppliers [Link]

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

President Bush and other ethanol proponents claim that pushing alternative fuels will reduce U.S. gasoline consumption. By developing a fleet of flexible-fuel vehicles that can burn E85—a fuel that consists of 85% ethanol and 15% gasoline—some say that the United States will be able to replace many of its gasoline imports with domestic fuel production.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is wary of the President's ethanol plans and warns of increased food costs and the need for a broader approach to our energy crisis, with a greater focus on conservation. Editorial: The limits of ethanolMilwaukee Journal Sentinel. 25 Mar 2007

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Monday, March 26, 2007

What do carbon-sucking artificial trees, an ocean floor carpet of iron dust, a man-made sulfur volcano, and a global umbrella all have in common?

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Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Last month, when BP (formerly British Petroleum) announced a $500 million partnership with UC Berkeley for biofuels research, the company was hailed as a leader in pushing the oil industry toward cleaner energy. University officials were jubilant over the deal, which would establish Cal – and the Bay Area, where venture capitalists are funding energy startups at a level unseen since the early Web days – as a world center of alternative-energy research and development.

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