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Down To Earth alternative energy archive

WEDNESDAY, DEC. 11, 2013

What's wrong with coal? 

Check this short and sweet video from the Sierra Club on coal energy. (Fittingly titled Coal 101. )You couldn't find a more simple explanation for phasing out coal and the need for alternatives. On the latter point, there are signs of hope with the amount...

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TUESDAY, SEPT. 10, 2013

Sightline's "Jobs Per $1 Million Investment" 

As part of their ongoing coverage of Northwest coal exports, Sightline broke down where investments matter in terms of job production. Coal doesn't fair to well. Here are some more thoughts on the matter of jobs: Peabody Energy, SSA Marine and Goldman Sachs want to...

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TUESDAY, OCT. 23, 2012

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29, 2011

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15, 2011

FRIDAY, JULY 9, 2010

Friday Quote

In case you were wondering:"Since the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, all containment structures on new nuclear plant designs in the U.S. have been re-engineered to withstand the direct impact of a jetliner" - this from a recent report onYale's environment 360 blog by...

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FRIDAY, JUNE 11, 2010

Friday Quote

"One thing you can do is fund advanced nuclear. I’m a big fan of that and am working in that area. Nuclear energy is a baseload—meaning it’s power that you can run any time you want, day or night—and carbon-free. Another kind of R&D to...

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8, 2010

TUESDAY, MAY 25, 2010

Tuesday Video

We continue our look at wind power with our second consecutive Tuesday Video focusing on our favorite form of alternative energy, wind power. Like last week's video, we look at a Boston-based company called First Wind. This week's installment focuses on the great state of...

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MONDAY, MAY 3, 2010

Another Green Monday

On Sunday some 50,000 smiling people crossed the finish line of the 34th annual Lilac Bloomsday Run. Around the same time on Sunday, some 70 miles east on Interstate 90, the names of 91 dead miners were read aloud during a memorial anniversary of the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2010

Dear Science: George Will WTF?

Proving once again why he won the lifetime achievement award in our "Dear Science" category (our media watchdog category addressing an environmental enigma: the climate skeptic) George Will recently took the chance to leverage the coal mine disaster in West Virginia to pull from the...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 8, 2010

The Northwest’s Clean Energy Future: Part II

The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC), the region’s official power planning agency, recently finalized the Sixth Northwest Power and Conservation Plan, which charts an exciting new course for the region. The Northwest Power and Conservation Council says the region can meet all new electricity...

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 2010

The Northwest's Clean Energy Future

No - this is not an April fool's joke. The Northwest is closer to being coal-free and running on efficient renewables than you might have thought.The Northwest Power and Conservation Council (NWPCC), the region’s official power planning agency, recently finalized the Sixth Northwest Power and...

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MONDAY, MARCH 8, 2010

Another Green Monday

As most of you know, we’ve been at this whole Down To Earth thing for quite a while now. In fact, it was this time of year in 2007 that we decided we wanted to stay in Spokane and hatched the idea of starting an...

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FRIDAY, FEB. 26, 2010

Friday Quote - heeeee's baaaaaack 

"When the food fight is over, there’s one spot of clean common ground in American politics and that is the need for us to be leading on energy, clean energy, and for us as a country to be more secure with all those jobs. ......

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 24, 2010

The future is Generation-E

"The objective of education is to prepare the young to educate themselves throughout their lives." - Robert Maynard Hutchins Listen up Generation-E. The race for clean energy is NOT over. In fact, as long as America is in the running, it's still a race. And...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 23, 2010

Alternative energy news briefs

And speaking of, if you want the first scoop on emerging trends in energy-related information, you should subscribe to the Weekly Energy Newsbriefs - a weekly current awareness service from The Washington State University Extension Energy Library that profiles new information received in professional journals...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 16, 2010

Tuesday Video

It's Bill Gates' world, we're just living in it (with apologies to Steve Jobs, President Obama, and The Goracle).But seriously - the man is as unique of a leader as the world has ever seen. And make no mistake about it, he is a leader....

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FRIDAY, FEB. 5, 2010

Friday Quote

"The race is definitely on, and we're not in first place." - our friend and colleague Jesse Jenkins of the Breakthrough Institute and one of our favorite blogs, WattHead, speaking to ABC's Diane Sawyer earlier this week. Sawyer interviewed Jenkins via Skype for her segment...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 26, 2010

Coal in the West

If the story of coal in the west was a movie plot, the start of 2010 would definitely be considered the third act - the climax - the moment which marks a change for better or for worse. The Copenhagen climate conference ended 2009 leaving...

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MONDAY, JAN. 4, 2010

Another Green Monday

Andrew Revkin, probably the best environmental reporter today, took a buyout from The New York Times after fifteen years on the job. Another casualty of budget cuts, his departure will leave a definite void in the Times’ coverage of climate change at a time when...

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WEDNESDAY, DEC. 16, 2009

It's best out west

Don't let anybody tell you any different - the westside is the best side. It happens daily - news gets sent to us that makes us both happy and proud to live in the west. Yeah sure, we can fall into the same pitfalls as...

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MONDAY, DEC. 7, 2009

Another Green Monday

It was only a few Another Green Mondays ago when we heavily criticized President Obama for his lackadaisical approach to Copenhagen. He wouldn’t show up, in effect sending a xenophobic message to world leaders who understand the urgency of climate change. Next, we heard Obama...

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FRIDAY, NOV. 20, 2009

Friday Quote 

"I urge you to reject any request for stimulus money unless the high-value components, including the wind turbines, are manufactured in the United States...China is fast emerging as one of our main rivals in the race to build the technology that can help us achieve...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 18, 2009

A Coal Free Northwest

If you're anything like us, every Tuesday at 12 Noon, you have your radio dial or your internet browser tuned to KYRS Thin Air Community Radio for "Earth Matters Now" - a wonderful 30-minute environmental news program hosted by Argyl Baukol of Living Green with...

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