Category: Local economy

Sierra Club decries plan for Texas ‘Water Grid’ that would pipe water around state

Sierra Club warned today that a proposed law that would pave the wave for a Texas ‘water grid’ — a system of pipelines, reservoirs to pump water around the state — is a ‘California-style approach to water management’ that’s risky and costly.

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Environmental Entrepreneurs and evangelical group support EPA plan to curb coal pollution

Coal-fired power plants are the biggest single category of carbon pollution emitters. The EPA wants to tighten coal power emissions standards, and these two groups, one composed of business enterprises and the other a large evangelical group support the EPA’s move. Find out why.

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These U.S. businesses are demanding climate action, to save the American prosperity

Major American businesses are pushing Washington to act boldly and quickly on climate change, because it will be better for the planet, and for business. The signers of the new Climate Declaration wield some muscle, employing nearly half a million Americans. See who belongs to this new green group.

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Groups and petitioners fight special treatment for Monsanto in Farm Bill 2013

Like most Americans not involved in agriculture, the massive 2013 Farm Bill falls into the realm of ho-hum government business that’s a) complex beyond belief and b) is going to happen with or without your input.

And Monsanto — the world’s biggest pesticide maker and owner of seeds (and by extension food) — is counting on that.

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Rooftop panels in Yonkers are among the largest solar installations in New York

Half Moon Ventures, a Chicago-based developer of solar and wind energy products, unveiled a rooftop solar installation the size of two pro football fields at i.Park Hudson, an office/industrial park in Yonkers, N.Y.

The solar project is expected to produce 1.2 million kilowatt hours of electricity a year, enough to power more than 120 homes and equivalent in reducing air pollution to taking 160 cars off the road.

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Govenors ask Congress to continue support for wind energy

A bipartisan coalition of governors has written to Congress to plead for the extension of the Production Tax Credit that has helped fuel the development of wind energy in the U.S..

The PTC, set to expire at the end of December, provides wind developers with a tax break that makes the business more profitable. Proponents say it’s needed to level the playing field for new energy, which must compete against subsidized fossil fuel industries like coal and natural gas.

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Non-factory farmers say they’re producing healthier food by ‘working with nature’

As factory farming has taken over livestock production in the U.S., some small farmers are bucking the trend, vowing to maintain their family tradition of raising livestock humanely and healthfully.

These farmers are producing organic milk and grass-fed meats that they and many consumers believe are healthier for human consumption.

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