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Another Green Tuesday

There was a time not to long ago – our pre site expansion days – that our green news recap feature that you now know and love, “Another Green Monday” was featured on a Tuesday - “Another Green Tuesday” as we so brilliantly named it. So just imagine we hit the wayback machine today (this is actually caused by too long of a weekend and internet issues) and enjoy some of these stories you might have missed from last week… and yesterday.

Bid dropped on proposed Washingnton coal plant.  Citing an inability to produce a required plan for capturing carbon emissions, a Richland-based energy consortium withdrew its application to build a $1.5 billion coal gasification plant in Kalama. "This is a great day for clean air and clean water," said Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of the environmental group Columbia Riverkeeper.  Read more of this story HERE. 

Every little bit helps... or does it.  We're not here to argue your good intentions, but a recent commentary special on CNN offers interesting insight into that age-old saying, "our failure to talk straight about the numbers is allowing people to persist in wishful thinking, inspired by inane sayings such as "every little bit helps."  The piece, written brilliantly by David MacKay a professor of physics at the University of Cambridge, is an honest look at alternative energies and what we must do to take serious our attempt at getting off fossil fuels.  Read more HERE. 

35 MPG, 15 too less - enough with every little bit helps.  Yesterday the Obama administration announced plans to "toughen" the standards for carbon emissions from new vehicles to 35.5 miles per gallon.  Though it's important because it marks the first ever nationwide regulation for greenhouse gases, it's a relatively weak regulation when MAJOR regulations are needed.  Read more HERE. 




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