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GOOD CLEAN NEWS

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OO Nearly $1 Billion Available for PACE Projects in 2014 – Property Assessed Clean Energy loans exploded in 2014.

OO Green Bonds Sell Big In 2014 As Finance Bids To Help Climate

OO Richard Branson Joins Forces With Amory Lovins in Climate Fight – Branson’s foundation allies Lovins’ Rocky Mt Institute to creat a mega-think tank for clean energy.

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Source: Green TechMedia

OO Smart Thermostat Programs Roll on in Texas, Arizona and Maryland

OO EBay Cuts Ties To Anti-Clean Energy Political Group ALEC

OO India: Major Wind Manufacturer Plans to Focus on Solar

OO Scotland: 269 Sunken Turbines To Make World’s Largest Tidal Farmcapable of powering nearly 175,000 homes in the U.K. with 400 megawatts of power; the project breaks ground next month.

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Playing It Safe With Nature’s Jewels, President Obama took action to protect Alaska’s coastline recently. source: http://www.travelpirates.com

OO Obama Takes Executive Action To Protect Alaska’s Coastline Forever

OO Coal Ash, Second-Biggest US Form Of Waste,
To Be Federally Regulated

For The First Time – although the regulations fall short of being adequate, say many groups.

OO Washington State: Gov. Inslee Wants To Cap And Tax Emissions
From Major Polluters

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NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced a statewide ban on fracking, after noting the health hazards of the process. Source: http://www.crainsnewyork.com

OO New York Will Ban Fracking – health hazards drew concern.

OO California: Energy-Storage Plans Gain Ground – proposals for energy storage systems beat out hundreds of bids to construct new power plants as a way to meet peak power needs.

OO Birds Are Avoiding Offshore Wind Farms,
Study Finds

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China is committed to greening itself to preserve its future.

OO Global Coal Demand Growth To Slow In Next Five Years as China, the world’s biggest consumer of the fuel, takes steps to cut energy intensity and diversify supply, says the IEA.

OO China Plans Big Slowdown Of New Coal-To-Gas Projects

Join the swelling numbers of voters TELLING Congress they’ll vote for Clean Energy candidates here. This is an ongoing campaign (the next Congressional election is this year!) so please, spread the word. It’s our way of telling Congress that a strong clean energy voting bloc is out there. This is how YOU can make a difference.

 

For more on Climate Change, check out my weekly column at the HuffingtonPost, Climate Change This Week

 

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About melharte

Mel (Mary Ellen) Harte is a biologist (PhD) and climate change educator. She co-authored the free online book, COOL THE EARTH, SAVE THE ECONOMY, available at www.CoolTheEarth.US, and writes the CLIMATE CHANGE THIS WEEK column at the HuffingtonPost. Living summers in the alpine Rockies, she is on the frontlines of watching what climate change can do. Her diagnostic digital photographs of wildflowers have appeared in numerous publications.
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